ROSE, F/L Richard John (J12271)

Information from Airforce. ca

ROSE, F/L Richard John (J12271) – Distinguished Flying CrossNo.150 Squadron – Award effective 6 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 1923 in Toronto; home there (clerk). Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 EFTS and No.1 SFTS. Commissioned 1942.

 Johnny Rose Toronto DFC 1



This officer has completed numerous operational missions and throughout has set a fine example of devotion to duty. One night in January 1945 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Munich. Some distance from the target the aircraft sustained damage making it difficult to control. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Rose continued his mission. Later the port outer engine failed. Height was rapidly lost and the aircraft came down to 1,000 feet. Flight Lieutenant Rose succeeded in regaining control and, displaying outstanding airmanship, flew the badly damaged aircraft to base. His skill, coolness and determination set an excellent example.

Johnny Rose who was an instructor in Uplands became a Lancaster pilot.



Flight Lieutenant John Douglas Hopkins

A post I forgot to publish

Found on Website

HOPKINS, F/L John Douglas (J5812) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.113 Squadron – Award effective 20 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in Orangeville, Ontario, 1919; home there. Was educated at the University of Toronto, ex-COTC. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 October 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941). Commissioned 1941.

This officer has commanded his flight since February 1944. He has flown on a large number of sorties over Burma and India, often in adverse weather over mountainous and jungle-covered country. In the absence of the commanding officer he has led the squadron with conspicuous success, setting an inspiring example by his enthusiasm, courage and devotion to duty.

Flight Lieutenant John Douglas Hopkins was an instructor at No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands.


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Eric Pook

Eric Pook Ottawa

Eric Pook is in Walter Neil Dove’s collection.

I found him on the Internet

Eric A. Pook


POOK, Eric A. WWII Fighter Pilot (F/Lt.) 54 Squadron RAF (11 Group) and 412 RCAF

On May 17, 2005 at Nepean. Born in England, March 30, 1919. Beloved husband for over 61 years to Evelyn V. Pook (nee Macdonald). Dear father of Dr. John G. Pook and wife Jill M. Pook (nee King). Proud grandfather of Eric A. Pook. Private funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations are encouraged to the Palliative Outreach Program, 1455 Woodroffe Avenue South, Nepean, Ontario, K2G 1W1.

Very special thanks to the exceptional care provided by Dr. Barb Yeats and Dr. Margaret Farncombe.

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Instructors No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands


P/O Rose from Toronto

Walter Neil Dove

F/L Sprague, Ottawa

F/O Teters, California

S/P Baker, Hamilton


F/L Pook, Ottawa

WO Couse, St. Catherines

Instructors of G. Flight

No. 2  S.F.T.S. Uplands, Ontario

Walter Neil Dove’s Record of Service


Walter Neil Dove documented well his war years, and his grandson has shared everything with me since September 2011. I had never realised Walter Neil Dove was an instructor at No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands before Greg sent me all these pictures.

I was awestruck when I saw them, and the reason is for everyone to see why…

Instructors at No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands – 1942

Instructors No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands

P/O Rose from Toronto

Walter Neil Dove

F/L Sprague, Ottawa

F/O Teters, California

S/P Baker, Hamilton


F/L Pook, Ottawa

WO Couse, St. Catherines

Instructors of G. Flight

No. 2  S.F.T.S. Uplands, Ontario

Instructors No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands back

What became of those instructors during the war?

I know what became of Walter Neil Dove.

Everything is in the blogs that pays homage to the squadrons he was with: RCAF 128 (F) Squadron (37 posts) and RCAF No. 403 Squadron (399 posts).

Just a picture?

Walter Neil Dove instructor

Think again… when you read Greg Bell’s message.

Hello Pierre,

Here are the pictures when my Grandpa Dove was an instructor in Uplands, Ottawa. 1942. He kept a good detail of pictures of his peers. That made up “G” Flight. He and the other instructors had a blast from what I see in the pictures. Was always interested in the lady as well, their timekeeper. Don’t know much about her. She was their timekeeper.  Keep up the good work in telling the tales of these airmen and women.


No. 20 E.F.T.S., Oshawa

It has been a long time since I have written a post on this blog.

I had one on the back burner and I had forgotten to post it.

Bad day flying

I only write when I have something to share.

I have something that might be of interest to someone who was stationed at No. 20 E.F.T.S., Oshawa or a relative.

   Logbook pages 3-4

These are two pages taken from this logbook.

Logbook cover

This is Rodolphe Lafrenière, a Handley Page Halifax pilot with 425 Alouette Squadron during WWII.

Rodolphe Lafreni+¿re

His son André shared his father’s logbook and several photos with me.

None were taken at No. 20 EFTS Oshawa. These are two I found on the Internet.


Oshawa Public Libraries’ online image collection


Oshawa Public Libraries’ online image collection

These logbook pages are interesting artefacts because we have the name of Rodolphe Lafrenière’s instructor: WO2 J. P. Lumsden.

Maybe someone knew this instructor, and maybe he or she has pictures to share. This is why I am writing this post on this blog about the BCATP.

There were also others names.

Flight Sergeant John Mac Keller, instructor, and Bert Pearson, engineer in charge.

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