Douglas Alexander Ransome Bradshaw DFC CD was born on May 15th, 1912 in Ottawa, Ontario (ON), and educated in London ON. He graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston ON, in 1934 and was commissioned, first in the Royal Canadian Dragoons.

He transferred to the RCAF in 1935. Bradshaw received his pilot's license in 1936 and for the next four years served as a flying instructor at Camp Borden, ON. In December 1941, Bradshaw was posted overseas and from March 1942 until April 1943, Wing Commander Bradshaw commanded 420 Snowy Owl Squadron and during this time led his squadron in some of the first 1000 plane bomber raids into Germany.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) effective June 3rd, 1943, for his skill and bravery in piloting and leading his squadron on many risky and dangerous sorties to heavily defended enemy targets in Germany.

At the end of WW2, Group Captain Bradshaw was serving at RCAF headquarters in Ottawa as Director of Air Operations. He was promoted to the rank of Air commodore in January, 1953 when he was appointed Chief of Training for the RCAF.

Next, he was appointed Commandant of Royal Military College in Kingston, ON and remained in that position until assigned to the position of 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, also at St. Hubert. In July 1961, he was appointed Chief Staff Officer at the RCAF's No. 1 Air Division Headquarters, Metz, France.

Shortly after Christmas 1938, Bradshaw married Marjorie Robinson, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in London. They had two children; Barbara and Joan.