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Harold 'Doc' Oaks

During World War I, Doc Oaks served in the Canadian Corps of Signals and switched to the Royal Flying Corps where he won the Distinguished Flying Cross. He joined the Ontario Provincial Air Service in 1924, leaving in 1926 to join the gold rush to Red Lake where he brought an interest in the Patricia Airways and Exploration Company. Later, in association with James Richardson of Winnipeg, he became the manager of fledgling Western Canada Airways. WCA eventually became part of Canadian Pacific Airlines, which in turn was absorbed by Canadian Airlines International and, more recently, Air Canada, Doc won the McKee Trophy in 1927 for his pioneering flights in frontier areas and the Arctic. He died in 1968.

 

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