Complete Logbook from No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands – July 19, 1942 to June 24,1943

These are all the pages Greg scanned from his grandfather’s logbook.

The pages start on July 19, 1942, the first day Walter Neil Dove acted as an instructor at No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands.

The last pages are dated June 20, 1943.

I have added another page at the start: the sequence of instruction.


6 thoughts on “Complete Logbook from No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands – July 19, 1942 to June 24,1943

  1. Coulter…

    1941 All Eastern Rugby Football Union All-Stars

    NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

    QB – Bill Stukus, Toronto Argonauts
    HB – Stan O’Neil, Ottawa Rough Riders
    HB – Bobby Coulter, Toronto Argonauts
    DHB – Tony Golab, Ottawa Rough Riders
    FW – Sammy Sward, Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
    E – Jack Wedley, Toronto Argonauts
    E – Tony McCarthy, Ottawa Rough Riders
    C – Curly Moynahan, Ottawa Rough Riders
    G – George Fraser, Ottawa Rough Riders
    G – Len Staughton, Ottawa Rough Riders
    T – Bob Cosgrove, Toronto Argonauts
    T – Paul McGarry, Ottawa Rough Riders

  2. Joseph Robert Coulter
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Joseph Robert “Bob” Coulter (1913-2006) was a Canadian Football player, pilot, and educator.

    Coulter played football at the University of Toronto (1933-1935), becoming team captain and winning the first Johnny Copp Trophy in 1935. He went on to play quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts in their 1936, 1940 & 1941 seasons.

    Coulter earned an honours B.A. in English from the University of Toronto in 1935, his teachers’ certificate a year later, and then taught English, History and Physical Education at North Toronto Collegiate Institute from 1936-1954.

    During the Second World War (1942-1945) he enlisted as a pilot and became a Flying Officer earning his Pilot’s wings.

    From 1954-1958 Coulter taught English and French and was head of U of T’s Extension Department responsible for the emerging field of adult education.

    In 1958 Coulter was appointed Headmaster of St. Andrew’s College (Aurora, Ontario) where he served until his retirement in 1974. The college’s Coulter Hall was named in his honour. In 1972 York University conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters upon Coulter.

    He died July 12, 2006 in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.

  3. Source

    Crew members of Halifax JD466

    November 29th of 1943 F/L Hermitage and crew arrived at 419 squadron after their conversion training at No. 1664 CU at Croft. The crew consisted of:

    F/L A.G. Hermitage Pilot
    Sgt. R.H. Walton Navigator
    Sgt. W.B/ Tobin Bomb Aimer
    WO J.B. Chess WAG
    Sgt. R.W. Edwards Air Gunner
    Sgt. J. A. Wilson F/E
    Sgt. R. Shields RAF Upper Gunner

    On the evening of December 3/4th, F/L Hermitage took part in a raid on Leipzig, in his position as 2nd pilot, part of the training before captaining his own crew on a full operation with 419 squadron. The crew had already been on a number of operations while at No. 1664 CU.

    First Operation
    On January 4/5th Hermitages crew took off for the Bay of Biscay for a “Gardening’ operation as part of a twelve aircraft force. The weather had different effects on each aircraft. Some reporting clear visibility while others reported mild to heavy haze over the area.

    For Hermitage and crew the operation was hampered by failure of the “Gee” guidance system once they had passed Brest. They were unable to make out the coastline and returned to base with the two mines still on board the aircraft.

    Magdeburg Raid
    Their next operation was not until the night of January 21/22 when they were assigned to an operation against Magdeburg and the dock and storage warehouses in the area. The large formation was made up of bombers from other squadrons, and 419 was to loose two crews on the operation. Hermitages crew would be one of them. No record of exactly what happened to the crew and the aircraft but the reports given back at base will give an indication of what the crew faced.

    Facing The Enemy Defences
    Other crews reported “heavy and intense flak over the coast” and reports of many fighter dropped flares lighting up the bomber formation. S/L Hamber’s aircraft was holed in about 85 places while over Hannover an area in which flak was expected but not to that degree.
    Maybe F/S Marjoram’s report reflects what may have become of the crew of JD466.
    “Enemy appear using tracerless fire as several A/C seen to explode for no apparent reason, 3 along route, 3 over T/A, 2 over our coast”
    One of these could have been JD466 attacked from a dark quarter of the skies by an enemy night fighter which may never have been seen until the last moments.

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