Mr. Speaker, one of Canada's greatest military institutions was founded 75 years ago. The Royal Canadian Air Force is celebrating its birthday as it members perform heroically in the skies over Yugoslavia.
The Yugoslavian mission is, however, just the latest in a long, proud history of involvement for the air force. The Canadian Air Force made an important contribution to both world wars, Korea, the gulf war, not to mention the ongoing commitments to peacekeeping.
During World War I, the most highly decorated allied airman was Canadian Billy Bishop who downed 72 enemy aircraft during the war.
In 1940, during World War II, the RCAF played a key role in the Battle of Britain dashing Nazi Germany's hope of invading the United Kingdom.
The air force went on to train over 130,000 allied pilots while playing a significant role during the Battle of the Atlantic, the air war against Germany and on D-Day.
Congratulations to all members of the Canadian Air Force, both past and present. You are Canada's top guns.