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Uncle Bob Update

This photo is the proof I needed to be sure Uncle Bob was posted to No. 4 EFTS Windsor Mills in 1941.

There is no other reason I can think of why LAC Robert King would have had his picture taken there for posterity in 1941.

Uncle Bob

Ongoing research done by Stephen King whose great-uncle trained in Canada most probably at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills.

Fleet Finch colour


Uncle Bob

I’ve been doing some research into my great-uncle Robert King. From what the family story is, he left Toledo, Ohio in February 1941 to go to Canada to join the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) and flew for the RAF in Europe early in the war. From what I have been able to determine, he was moved to the Army Air Corp and formed up with the 65th squadron (Fighting Cocks) of the 57th Fighter Group. It looks like they deployed to North Africa in July, 1942.

I’ve been unable to find any RCAF history as of yet. This is not too unusual as I have discovered through my research. It was illegal for US citizens to join foreign services in this manner. They faced a fine of $20,000 and loss of US citizenship if caught. All were forgiven in 1944. While the most famous of these men were the Flying Tigers and the Eagle Squadrons, there were many more that didn’t receive the same recognition. This is the start of my great-uncle’s story. I’ll add to this album as I find more pictures and interesting facts.

The album

Unknown RCAF photographer

Hello Pierre,

I have attached the photos of the fellow who I believe took the rest of the pictures that I have. The one picture shows him as an AC at #1 AOS Malton.

I have one post card type photo that says the photographer is Claude Hannan but no association to the rest of the photos. I’m not sure if that’s who I’m looking for.

I have no other information beyond that.







Update- Summer 1942 – No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mont-Joli, Quebec

I know you must remember this photo shared by Mark Cote whose father was Leonard E. J. Cote. His father was an air gunner during World War Two.

On this photo, this is what information David Young had shared…

Fairey Battle S/N 1794 of the 9 B&GS at Mont Joli……

On the 4th July 1942, the Battle 1794 struck the airfields boundary fence during its take-off and the undercarriage sustained damage. During the subsequent landing the undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft was damaged further. Initially it was thought repairable but this was not confirmed and the aircraft was cannibalised for spares. The three crew members survived uninjured…..
(Clipped Wings Vol 2)

Now there is more in store for you…

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About a picture in Fred Turner’s collection

1941 03 D.H. Rapide, Dragonfly Summerside PEI

John Clarke commented on a photo in Fred Turner’s collection.

The aircraft named DH Rapide, in the Summerside collection, is, in fact, a DH Dragonfly. From Wikipedia “Seven airframes were shipped to Canada, and erected by de Havilland Canada, where they served a variety of small commercial operators, the R.C.M.P. and two with the R.C.A.F. At least one, CF-BFF, was fitted with Edo floats, and used commercially.”

Intermission – No.13 SFTS St. Hubert

George Boudreau trained at No.13 SFTS St. Hubert.

George Boudreau, Spitfire Pilot

Two years ago Philippe Payer’s son shared this photo which I posted on this blog. His father was Corporal Philippe Payer (R54605) who enlisted on October 10,1939.

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This is what Corporal Payer had written on the back.

photo verso

Corporal Payer is the man on the right. According to the caption we are in the summer of 1941.

St-Hubert P. Que

Été 1941

Moi et mes hommes ce que l’on appelle un Crew

L’avion est un Tiger Shark

spit Fire

At first I was certain we were at St-Hubert airbase in 1941. I was sure it was not a Spitfire on the photo but an American P-40 Kittyhawk bearing the squadron code sign VW.

There were few P-40 Kittyhawks in Canada. There are very rare on the Internet. What golden opportunity then to be able to share this incredible photo taken in June 1941 at St-Hubert.

At least that’s what I…

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