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

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Knights With Wings – A documentary about No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills

Found on this Website a few years ago.

Click on the image below to go to the Website, then once on the Website you will see this image…

Knights with Wings

Touch screen to begin.

Click on Pilots to view Knights with Wings.

PL-2050

 

 

4492 Fleet Finch

Finch II
Model 16B
first date: 26 June 1940 – Taken on strength
Category A damage on 22 May 1941 while with No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School at Windsor Mills, PQ.
last date: 11 July 1941 – Struck off

Source
http://www.rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_4450_4499_detailed.html