The Canadians on Radar

The Canadian Radar History Project is a non-profit organisation dedicated to gather information, analyse, publish and disseminate data about the WW II experiences of the seven thousand wartime RCAF radar technical officers and radar technician airmen.

Robert F. Linden

This dedicated group of Canadians have produced four books on this subject, and have given permission for them to be shared with all via this site.

These books are in PDF format; for ease of download, the larger files have been split into sections.

Radar Officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force
1940 -1946
by J. R. Robinson and F. B. Grahame

Canadians on Radar Royal Canadian Air Force
1940 -1945
Honours and Awards
by Robert F. Linden

Canadians on Radar in South East Asia
1941 - 1945

by Angus Hamilton

Canadians on Radar
Royal Canadian Air Force
1940 - 1945

by George K. Grande, Sheila M. Linden, & Horace R. Macaulay

(Comments on the above Book, including additional information)

In addition, Larry Mullins has kindly provided a brief account of his service on Radar, including his time at Ponsa, an island off the coast of Italy
Larry Mullins' Story


"Airborne Radar" by F/O James Sands, RCAF
Part of F/O Sands service time was spent as Station Radar Officer at RAF Winthorpe and RAF Bottesford, 5 Group Bomber Command
During this period he created a number of "sketches" showing the details of the Radar Equipment and illustrating how it was used.
The book is based on these sketches, with detailed explanations of the equipment and use.
The book in PDF/A format


Jack Anderson's Story
Jack Anderson served in the RCAF from January 1942 to September 1945
During this time he was involved in the operation of Radar Stations, first in England, then in Italy.
He has kindly agreed to share his story for all to read.

Jack Anderson's Photos
Jack also had a number of photographs illustrating the places he served, his fellow members of the service, and the things they saw.
Some of his photos can be viewed via this page.


F/O Earl D. Moore's Story
F/O Moore served on the Radar Stations on the Faroe Islands in the North Sea from Nov. 1942 until late 1943.
Here are his recollections of his time there.
The document in PDF/A format


The "Graduating Class", Radio Technicians Course, 1942

Bob Reid's father was LAC Hector Eugene Reid, RCAF, who served with the Radar Section 228 Squadron, Pembroke Dock, from 1942 to 1945.
He has kindly provided this photograph which shows the graduates of the RCAF Radio Technicians Course, 1942.

Class of 1942
(To view a higher resolution copy of this image, click here)


The "Graduating Class", Radio Technicians Course, 1941

There were also Radar Courses at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
R. Toombs has kindly provided a copy showing the class that graduated in September 1941

(To view a higher resolution copy of this image, click here)


The Canadians on Radar WWII 1940-1945 DVD


Canadian War Museum's Exhibit "Canadians on Radar"

The Ottawa Group of Radar Veterans' notice of this new exhibit, including photographs and details.

Official Group Photo of the Radar Veterans at the opening of the New Exhibit

A copy of the Group Photo with the names of the Veterans added to it.


WWII RCAF Radar Personnel Information

There is no archival listing of Radar Veterans. Those recruits were the result of Great Britain asking for assistance in 1940 to manage their secret radio direction finding systems. The term “radar” was not used during the war. The DND RCAF Archives has microfilm of around 300,000 recruits that provides dates for training, service assignments, repatriation and discharge. However for Canadian radar recruits who were allocated to the RAF the data is blank from the date the recruit went overseas to serve with them in every theatre of war. However, the dates of repatriation and discharge are available.

Names and dates did not become important until 1995 when Radar Veterans began planning reunions and realized that the Official WWII RCAF History had no reference to the Veterans who served with the RAF. Also they were prevented from publicizing their knowledge of the secret radar systems. Through advertisements and other searches the names of some Veterans was established and allowed them to hold their first reunion in 1996.

After some effort and having reviewed microfilm, a publication bearing the National Library of Canada catalogue number ISBN 0-9687596-2-9 and titled “Radar Personnel of the Royal Canadian Air Force 1940-1945” containing 5890 names and service numbers was issued in 2006. Copies of this publication were filed with the National Library of Canada Ottawa, DND RCAF Archives Ottawa, the Military Communications and Electronic Museum Kingston and also the Secrets of Radar Museum in London, Ontario. Radar Veterans have produced a number of publications to inform the public about their wartime radar experiences. Although reunions have been discontinued, some of the Ottawa Radar Group periodically meet for coffee, and are still able to answer some questions.







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Last updated: Nov. 26, 2015