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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Course 50 – No.1 EFTS Malton, Ontario

A Spitfire pilot who did his training at Malton.

George Boudreau, Spitfire Pilot

Course 50 – No.1 EFTS Malton, Ontario…

EFTS first page

4 March to 26 March, 1942

EFTS second page

31 March to 8 April, 1942

EFTS third page

8 April to 18 April, 1942

EFTS fourth page

19 April to 24 April, 1942

EFTS fifth page

26 April, 1942

Training to become a pilot was not that easy. Many young recruits would died while learning to fly so did their instructors. Who were those unsung heroes who taught George Boudreau to fly?

Mr. May for most of his early training day.

Mr. Hall flew with George Boudreau once on March 13, 1942.

EFTS first page

The sequence of instructions were in George’s log book for everyone to understand.

sequence of instructions

George flew on different Tiger Moths the last one being 5883.

Information from RWR Walker database


5883de HavillandDe Havilland CanadaTiger MothI
first date: 1 November 1941 – Taken on strength by No. 1 Training Command
To Leavens Brothers Aircraft in Toronto for overhaul…

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