Instructing student pilots – a dangerous affair

Walter Neil Dove’s notes are so interesting when you read what he wrote about LAC St. Marseille, a student pilot determined to…

logbook Uplands page 21

But sometimes his comments tell a lot about other student pilots… like “Whitey” Jones.

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8 thoughts on “Instructing student pilots – a dangerous affair

  1. You did note elsewhere that there was a problem with students flying under bridges and taking crazy risks to a point the authorities asked the people to report any such behavior they observed to them…! What was it, roughly 4000 young men died in flying training in Canada during the WWII?

  2. “Instructing student pilots- a dangerous affair” struck a cord with me.

    My father’s best friend, Robert [Bob] Bruce Reid, was a Flight Sergeant Instructor with the #12 E.F.T.S. (Goderich, Ontario).

    On August 26, 1942, near Rostock, ON, in a Tiger Moth (#8909) on a cross country training exercise, there was a mid-air collision with another training aircraft with #14 S.F.T.S, a Yale (#3391).

    All four, two instructors and two students, were killed: J.E. Mosher, Pilot Instructor, J. McVicar, student pilot; R.B Reid, Pilot Instructor, and D. York, pupil pilot.

    I do have a few photos of Bob which I’d like to post on this site, if that would be okay. [Although I am not sure how to do an entry as polished as some of those I’ve seen here]. If permissable, I’d like to add a few comments from his official record and from a letter to my father alluding to the toll the training was taking on him.

  3. Reblogged this on British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and commented:

    Interesting comment made about this post.

    “Instructing student pilots- a dangerous affair” struck a cord with me.

    My father’s best friend, Robert [Bob] Bruce Reid, was a Flight Sergeant Instructor with the #12 E.F.T.S. (Goderich, Ontario).

    On August 26, 1942, near Rostock, ON, in a Tiger Moth (#8909) on a cross country training exercise, there was a mid-air collision with another training aircraft with #14 S.F.T.S, a Yale (#3391).

    All four, two instructors and two students, were killed: J.E. Mosher, Pilot Instructor, J. McVicar, student pilot; R.B Reid, Pilot Instructor, and D. York, pupil pilot.

    I do have a few photos of Bob which I’d like to post on this site, if that would be okay. [Although I am not sure how to do an entry as polished as some of those I’ve seen here]. If permissable, I’d like to add a few comments from his official record and from a letter to my father alluding to the toll the training was taking on him.

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