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.


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.








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.