Douglas Bradshaw

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Douglas Bradshaw
Born (1912-05-15)15 May 1912
Ottawa, Ontario
Died 1 October 1996(1996-10-01) (aged 84)
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch RCAF
Rank Air Commodore
Commands held No. 420 Squadron "Snowy Owl"
Royal Military College of Canada
Awards DFC
Other work President of Confederation College

Air Commodore Douglas Bradshaw, DFC, CD, ADC was a Canadian Air Commodore and educator. He was the Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada from 1954-7. He was the first president of Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology from March 6, 1967 to 1974.[1]


Douglas Alexander Ransome Bradshaw was born on May 15, 1912 in Ottawa, Ontario (ON). He was educated in London, Ontario. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, in 1934, student # 2140.

Military career[edit]

He was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He transferred to the RCAF in 1935. He received his pilot's license in 1936. He served as a flying instructor at Camp Borden, Ontario from 1935-1939. In December 1941, he was posted overseas. From March 1942 until April 1943, Wing Commander Bradshaw commanded 420 Snowy Owl Squadron. During this time, Bradshaw led his squadron in some of the first 1000 plane bomber raids into Germany.

At the end of World War II, Group Captain Bradshaw served at RCAF headquarters in Ottawa as Director of Air Operations. He was promoted to the rank of Air Commodore in January 1953. He served as Chief of Training for the RCAF. He returned to RMC in Kingston as Commandant and ADC to the Governor-General (1947–54). He served as Deputy Air Officer Commanding (Operations) at Air Defense Command Headquarters, St. Hubert, Quebec in 1957. In November 1959, he was appointed Deputy for Operations for Northern NORAD Region Headquarters, in St. Hubert, Quebec. He was appointed Chief Staff Officer at the RCAF's No. 1 Air in July 1961.


He was awarded the DFC effective June 3, 1943, for his skill and bravery as a pilot. He led 420 Snowy Owl Squadronon many risky and dangerous sorties to heavily defended enemy targets in Germany.

Civilian career[edit]

Air Vice Marshal (ret`d) Douglas Bradshaw was the first president of Confederation College from March 6, 1967 to 1974. Confederation College was founded as a trade school in 1967, during the formation of Ontario’s college system. His vision of an aviation program in the north was implemented in the College’s Aviation Centre of Excellence.


He died on 1/10/1996. In his memory, the Douglas Bradshaw Athletic Achievement Award is presented to a graduating student, having the most improvement in and contribution to athletics and whose quality of spirit and competitive drive contributed to the overall success of the Confederation College Athletic program.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Douglas Bradshaw Canada Veterans of Valour
  2. ^ Confederation College History -The Bradshaw Years
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  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
Academic offices
Preceded by
Commodore Desmond Piers
Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada
Succeeded by
Brigadier-General Donald Agnew