Edgar Dörre – Update

Here is the message that has just been posted on a WWII forum. It was about a German pilot who shot down Mervin Jack Mills.

I wonder who put the picture of Erbo von Kageneck on this website:

https://bcatp.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/edgar-dorre/, pretending that it was a photo of Edgar Dörre…

It’s evidently Erbo von Kageneck:


I had taken this photo from the Internet.

I stand corrected.


Remembrance Day 2015

About No. 1 Technical Training School, St. Thomas

As Canadian as can be

In honour of Remembrance Day, I’ve decided to post some more about my Dad, Thomas Hogue, and his time in the R.C.A.F. (Royal Canadian Air Force). Dad, a welder with Canadian National Railways, spent time at the No. 1 Technical Training School in St. Thomas, Ontario, where the R.C.A.F. trained ground crews as part of an initiative known as the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. St. Thomas is in southwestern Ontario.

Google map showing St. Thomas, Ontario Google map showing St. Thomas, Ontario

The Technical Training School was established in 1939. It was housed in what had originally been the brand new Ontario Psychiatric Hospital. When war broke out, the patients were transferred to other hospitals, and the complex acquired to train R.C.A.F. ground crews. There’s a great aerial photo of the buildings here from the Elgin County Archives.

Here’s a historical plaque commemorating the School.

Photograph by Alan L. Brown, Courtesy of ontarioplaques.com Photograph by Alan L. Brown, Courtesy of ontarioplaques.com

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No. 1 Technical Training School, St. Thomas, Ontario – Collection Sergeant Robert Brookes

Airframe Mechanic Course #58 T.T.S. St. Thomas

* overseas draft

Began April 4, 1941

Graduated August 22, 1941


26- Sergeant Robert Brookes *

Jimmy Arnold

1- Jimmy Arnold


2- McCord

R.E. Clarke

3- R.E. Clarke


4- Schammel *


5- L. Doupé *


6- Woods

Ed Morris

7- Morris Ed *

Carl Donneker

8- Carl Donneker *

Red Hillen.jpg

9- Red Hillen *

Rex Chaplin

10- Rex Chaplin

Gord Gerrie

11- Gord Gerrie

Flaq McCail

12- Flaq McCail


13- Stewart


14- Squires *


15- Schawmm


16- “Suds” Sutherland

17- Pat Patmore

18- Frank Byrne

19- Gord Carrington *

20- Turner *

21- Kolenchuck *

22- Denis Hitch

23- Doug Gibbs

24- Doucet

25- Ryerse (medal) *

26- Robert Brookes *

27- Wally Barker *

28- Warhurst

29- G. Kemp *

30- Abre

31- Gray

32- Rasney

33- Watson *

34- Long

35- Pichette

36- Ben Berrig

37- Cpl Burnett

38- Fl. Sgt. Whitehead

39- Cpl. Monday

40- WO2 Matheson

41- Sgt White

42- Walls

43- Jimmy Cameron *

44- Erny Whittle *

45- McKinnon

46- Chet Clarke *


Fleet Finch by Paul Tuttle

The painting was created for the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum’s collection. It depicts a BCATP Fleet Finch in the circuit at EFTS No. 17 Stanley Nova Scotia.

Paul Tuttle has won awards with his artwork and it has also been collected and published internationally. He concentrates primarily on aviation or nature/wildlife subject matter. In regards to aviation art, Paul Tuttle’s objective is to preserve aviation history with his work. Many of his paintings can be found in a number of aviation museums including the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Uncle Bob

Ongoing research done by Stephen King whose great-uncle trained in Canada most probably at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills.

Fleet Finch colour


Uncle Bob

I’ve been doing some research into my great-uncle Robert King. From what the family story is, he left Toledo, Ohio in February 1941 to go to Canada to join the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) and flew for the RAF in Europe early in the war. From what I have been able to determine, he was moved to the Army Air Corp and formed up with the 65th squadron (Fighting Cocks) of the 57th Fighter Group. It looks like they deployed to North Africa in July, 1942.

I’ve been unable to find any RCAF history as of yet. This is not too unusual as I have discovered through my research. It was illegal for US citizens to join foreign services in this manner. They faced a fine of $20,000 and loss of US citizenship if caught. All were forgiven in 1944. While the most famous of these men were the Flying Tigers and the Eagle Squadrons, there were many more that didn’t receive the same recognition. This is the start of my great-uncle’s story. I’ll add to this album as I find more pictures and interesting facts.

The album

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.