Model of a Stranraer Aircraft.

Model of a Stranraer Aircraft.

The Stranraer Roundel has been incorporated into the “Canada and the West Coast in World War II” exhibit. The Stranraer was a Flying Boat used to patrol the West Coast during WWII. They were based at RCAF stations such as Coal Harbour on the northern part of Vancouver Island. It’s framework was covered with doped canvas making it easy to cut out the roundel of a crashed plane for a souvienir. This particular roundel has been in CAFM’s collection so long that we have no donor information for it.

This Type A roundel is found on the underside of the aircraft and has a white circle between the blue and red of the usual roundel found on the wings.

Did you know that Roundel’s were first used by the French to identify friendly aircraft? The RAF used the Union Jack, but during dogfights it looked so much like the German’s Maltese Cross they decided to switch to the Roundel. Instead of the French red and blue, the British chose to reverse the order to blue and red. The RCAF replaced the red center with a Maple Leaf.