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Wings on Her Shoulder
1943, director: Jane Marsh
Thousands of women were keen to join Canada's WWII military...
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Wings on Her Shoulder
1943, director: Jane Marsh
Images of the RCAF Women's Division emphasize women's...
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Women Are Warriors
1942, director: Jane Marsh
Canadian industry made an important contribution to the...
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Wings on Her Shoulder
Excerpt  (3:20) 1943, director: Jane Marsh
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Thousands of women were keen to join Canada's WWII military services, and the first to open its doors was the Air Force. Over 16,000 enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division. Dated in tone, this NFB newsreel promotes women's involvement in the force. It was also seen in American movie theatres, through a deal with United Artists.

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The Woman's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force of 1943 is 9000 strong, an able corps trained for service at home and overseas. We gain a glimpse of their arduous physical training and their work in a variety of fields. Their aim is to prepare themselves for an important role in the flying field after the war, when Canada's civil air power will prove an essential factor in the air communications of peace-time civilization.