McNab, Ernest Archibald ; 1906-1977

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McNab, Ernest Archibald ; 1906-1977

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      • EA McNab
      • Group Captain McNab

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      1906 - 1977


      Born March 1906 in Rosthern , Saskatchewan, Ernest Archibald McNab attended the University of Saskatchewan before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1926. At the outbreak of the Second World War (WWII) McNab was promoted to Flight Commander on 1 November, 1939 and was placed in charge of No. 1 Squadron. It was at this time he led a Hurricane Squadron during the Battle of Britain, and was credited with being the first Canadian to shoot down an enemy aircraft, and the first RCAF member to earn a medal of valour. Following this, McNab was further promoted to Wing Commander (7/10/1940) and subsequently Group Captain (1/6/1942). He retired from the RCAF in 1957, and passed away 10 January, 1977. For his dedication and skill as a pilot he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and Czechoslovak War Cross.


      Rosthern; Saskatchewan; Canada; England; Nova Scotia; Dartmouth; Europe; Vancouver;

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      Squadron Leader ; RCAF ; Royal Canadian Air Force ; Pilot ; Battle of Britain ; Group Captain ; Wing Commander ;

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      The Air Force Museum of Alberta

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