After Germany invaded Norway during World War II, the Royal Norwegian Air Force took refuge in Canada to rebuild. Young Norwegian exiles came to the “Little Norway” training camps in Toronto and Muskoka, keen to learn flight skills and return to battle the Germans overseas.
This is the true story of the Royal Norwegian Air Force training camps located in Canada during World War II. It’s a tale of the courageous young Norwegians who endured dangerous escapes from their homeland to come to “Little Norway” in Toronto and Muskoka, Ontario. There, they learned flight skills and returned overseas to battle Nazi fighter planes and enemy submarines— and excelled. In 1943, one of the Norwegian squadrons was named the top-scoring Allied fighter squadron in all of Britain’s Royal Air Force.
“Canadians can be proud of their country’s assistance to Norway during a very dark hour. Canada permitted the air force training camps to locate in Ontario, and included Norwegian pilots in British Commonwealth advanced flight training courses,” Andrea Baston explained. “Friendships grew between the Norwegian airmen and Canadian citizens—sometimes leading to marriage.”
Evocative photographs and photographic editing provided by Candis Jones help bring the story to life.
“Exile Air tells a true, inspiring story from Norway’s and Canada’s history, more significant than ever during Canada’s 150th anniversary year. This 240 page book ($28.95) is available at www.oldstonebooks.com, www.amazon.ca and selected bookstores.