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.

Gagnon gets his wings - April 1942

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.

extract-service record-airmen-left st.catharines

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.




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