Fonds 2003/58 - Ken McLeod fonds

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Ken McLeod fonds

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CA ON00093 2003/58

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  • 1944-1992 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual recordsca
280 photographs: b&w; 15.5 cm x 37 cm or smaller

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Ken McLeod was an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Construction Engineering Brach (CEB). He was one of the main individuals involved in writing the CEB history. The Construction Engineering Branch (CEB) of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was established in 1922 when the Canadian Air Force began acquiring more air stations in Canada. It was responsible for building and expanding air stations, the construction of wireless telegraph, direction-finding and radar sites in isolated communities. As a result of the fact that the CEB was a part of the RCAF, it also played some role in all tasks and engagements undertaken by the RCAF. Throughout its existence, the RCAF operated both as a military force and as an aid to the civil power, performing a variety of tasks for departments other than the Department of National Defence. Its principal duty in the inter-war years was the aerial mapping of the Dominion but it also undertook such assignments as crop dusting and suppression of smuggling. When the Second World War began, the RCAF was organized along more orthodox military lines. Following the war, the RCAF resumed many of its pre-war operations including aerial photography. In addition, the RCAF became a major element in a complex defence system with commitments to NATO, NORAD and the United Nations.

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Fonds consists of material regarding the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Construction Engineering Branch (CEB) from 1924-1964. It includes several drafts of the history of the branch, background documents, reports, photographs and recollection of officers and men who served in it. The documents included in the history of the CEB include reports on Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, the Construction Maintenance Unit, which gave way for the eventual development of the CEB, detailed information on RCAF air stations, and overviews of advisory meetings where the creation of a detailed historical outline of the CEB was discussed. In addition, the fonds includes a history of the Royal Canadian Navy Civil Engineering Branch.

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The fonds was acquired from Ken McLeod.


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  • English

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Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

Associated materials

The following records can be found in the Kardex Collection:
RCAF Implementation Directive 92 - Responsibilities of AoSE Commands and Groups re- Supply, Maintenance, Construction Engineering and Quality Control 1953-1954. Accession number: 181.003 (D5429).
Construction Engineering – RCAF 1939-45 (History of). Accession Number: 190.009 (D16).
AFHQ folder containing tables showing construction engineering expenditures at RCAF Air Defence Command Stats – 49/57. Accession Number: 181.005 (D133).

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