Canada at War: THE SERVICES: No. 102

Before Pearl Harbor, some 9,000 exuberant young Americans swarmed across the border and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. So many of them were Texans that Canada's Honorary Air Marshal William Avery ("Billy") Bishop once cracked: "The Royal Texas Air Force!" After Pearl Harbor, some 3,400 transferred to the U.S. Air Forces. Others were casualties. But 2,800 of them are left.

One of the volunteers was John Danforth Browne, 23, of Florham Park, N.J. In 1941 he quit New York University, enlisted in the R.C.A.F. He fought out of North Africa and...

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