Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes 4-1: Second World War Trainers: Transports and Utility Aircraft

Second World War:

Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft

Data current to 28 Dec 2020.

This aviation handbook is intended to provide the reader with a quick reference to identify military support aircraft flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army during the Second World War. The handbooks in this series include a general description and a photograph from the Canadian Forces Archives of at least one of the key variants or marks of each aircraft that has been in Canadian military service or used by Canadian servicemen overseas.Each aircraft is listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. General details describing the aircrafts engines, service ceiling, speed, armament or weapons load are included, along with a brief description of the Canadian or allied squadron in which Canadian aircrews used the aircraft operationally. This is the fourth volume in the series. It describes the trainers, transports and utility aircraft flown by Canadians during the war. A list of museums, private aircraft collections and other locations where a number of the survivors might be found is also included. The handbook is not a definitive list of all Canadian-manufactured or operated support aircraft, but it should serve as a quick reminder for anyone with an interest in Canadian military aviation.

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For an update on military aircraft preserved in Canada, see "Canadian Warplanes".

Canadian Warbirds of the Second World War, Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft.


de Havilland DH.91 Albatross, Imperial Airways 1938. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3353834)

de Havilland DH.91 Albatross four-engine British transport aircraft, seven built in 1938–39.  With the onset of the Second World War, the Royal Air Force considered their range and speed useful for courier flights between Great Britain and Iceland, and two mail plane versions of the DH.91 were pressed into service with No. 271 Squadron in September 1940, operating between Prestwick and Reykjavik.  Unfortunately, both aircraft were destroyed in landing accidents in Reykjavík within the space of 18 months in 1941 and 1942.