This is post No.199 about the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan commonly known as the BCATP.
Strangely enough I did not know its existence before 2010 when I started looking for more information on a French-Canadian Mosquito pilot.
Eugène Gagnon DFC (1921-1947)
Little by little my interest about the BCATP grew and grew. So when I found this week pictures from the past, I just got curious. Eugène Gagnon was also at No.1 Manning Depot, then at Uplands, but he missed the shooting of Captains of the Clouds.
LAC Art O’Neil did not miss it. I don’t have his service record to prove it, but I have got pictures to prove he was there.
LAC Art O’Neil at No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, circa 1941
Collection Art O’Neil (courtesy Paul O’Neil)
I believe Art O’Neil met LAC Terence Phelan there.
I have Terence’s service record. This is only a few of the pages found on Ancestry.
Art and Terry found themselves at No.16 SFTS Hagersville.