Vintage images of the Fighting Bulldogs (gallery)
Soon enough, it seemed only right for the squadron to have a real English Bulldog as a mascot. "King" was purchased in Saskatchewan in August of 1942. King made the trip with his new squadron mates to Patricia Bay, British Columbia soon after. Unfortunately, he didn't last long. Kidney troubles claimed King just two months after he'd joined the squadron. The saddened flyers had no choice but to get another bulldog mascot for their "Bulldog Squadron," this one they named, "Queen."
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(Check out Dave O'Malley's "Bulldogs on the Coast" essay at the Vintage Wings of Canada site for more information on No. 135 Squadron. Special thanks to the Atlantic Aviation Museum for some of the photos in this album.)
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