No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands Ont. – Logbook page 1

Note

This post was a draft written more than three years ago. I never got around to post it. I think the time is right.


I wanted to go through every page of Walter Neil Dove’s logbook that his grandson had scanned for me a few years ago. His grandfather was an instructor before being posted overseas.

logbook Uplands page 1

That’s what I had been planning to do before someone else had shared all those pictures from his grandfather’s collection of WWII pictures. I had wanted to share everything that I could find like what I had written about LAC McLean and LAC Seid on this blog.

Harvard 39 bw

Harvard 2658

This picture was taken from this scanned image.

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This is the reverse side of every picture.

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These images were unique and Greg was sharing them through this blog about the BCATP.

You can use them, but I will ask you to give credits to Greg if you do.

The reason I write this blog is to find relatives of all those who appear in the logbook pages and on the pictures. I will try to post only once a week, but I can’t promise anything because sometimes people share so much it’s hard to keep up.

This being said, here’s the first post about the logbook and the information it contains. The first page shows four student pilots from Course 55.

LAC Donald A McLean

LAC Nixon

LAC Wright

LAC Scholes

LAC Donald A McLean died in the war, and I wrote a post about him.

The three other student pilots likely survived the war because flight instructor Dove would have added a note. This is what he did with most of the airmen who died in WW II. LAC Nixon and LAC Wright might be hard to find while LAC Scholes might be easier.

There is a pilot with this name that might be him.

Click here.

Excerpt

Crash site of Royal Canadian Air Force Canso A 11007 revisited
© Dirk Septer 2009

As a ghostly reminder of a long forgotten chapter in World War II history the wreckage of the flying boat sits in the coastal scrub forest near Tofino on Vancouver Island, B.C. Some shreds of fabric hanging down from the aircraft’s ailerons and tail gently move in the breeze. The faded number 11007 near the tail identifies it as the Consolidated Canso that crashed here just before midnight on February 8, 1945.

This Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Canso was just one of several that went down along British Columbia’s rugged and remote west coast. Some crashed in the dense coastal rainforest, while others have never been located and presumably crashed somewhere over water.

What makes the remains of RCAF 11007 (msn CV 285) unique is that the wreckage of this aircraft still sits in the same place where it crashed 60 years ago. This despite the fact that it rests not far from a well-travelled highway and inside one of Canada’s most popular national parks.

Fearing a possible invasion by the Japanese, the Canadian military constructed radar stations and military defences all along the pacific coast. A fleet of patrol bombers were constantly on the lookout for enemy submarines and paper balloon bombs sent over with prevailing westerly winds.

Being part of the Western Air Command and belonging to RCAF No. 6 (BR) Squadron Canso 11007 was built by Canadian Vickers at Cartierville, Que. On October 30, 1943, it was taken on charge. Early in 1945, this aircraft was temporarily assigned to RCAF No. 4 (BR) Squadron at Tofino, detailed to fly search and rescue missions in addition to the monotonous grind of anti-submarine patrols. Some two months after its crash, it was struck off military charge
on April 13, 1945.

On February 8, 1945 around noon, Canso 11007 had left Coal Harbour and flew to Tofino. The weather was quite blustery by the time they landed at this RCAF Air Station on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Several crewmembers then drove to Ucluelet to pick up some engine parts and spent the early evening hours in the Tofino Mess.

Later that day at 2300 hours, the aircraft left Tofino on a routine night patrol on its way to Coal Harbour, the next reconnaissance station further north along the coast. On board the aircraft were 12 personnel, including one WD. (WD, the abbreviation for “Women’s Division” also became the universal nickname for female members of the RCAF). Besides its normal emergency gear and a full load of fuel of about 750 Gal. (3,400 L), the aircraft carried four 250-pound (112.5kg) depth charges.

Almost immediately after take-off from runway 28, before the radio operator even had time to send a routine message, the aircraft’s port engine quit. An attempt to turn back to the airfield failed. While making a 180-degree turn the aircraft lost altitude and started skimming some trees on the edge of a plateau rising up into a hill.

The pilot, F/O Ronnie J. Scholes later said that they were too low to turn and could not gain altitude so he decided to land straight ahead. Scholes managed to slow the plane by pulling it into a full stall landing at impact. He then skillfully pancaked it into the bottom of a heavily wooded hillside only a few miles from the airport.

If the aircraft had touched down a few seconds earlier, it would have ended up in a soft open bog with only a few scrubby pine trees.

More on this plane crash here.

More information.

No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands – Course 63 – September 1 to December 18, 1942 Redux

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These names were found on this Website, and they have to be on this group picture. Four are identified.

(J/22036) Sidney Platt Seid – 418 Sqn.,

Frank E. Adams, Whitby;

Frank Alton, Lindsay;

Clarence F. Armstrong, Parry Sound;

Bruce A. Christie, Toronto;

William A. Gray, Toronto;

Donald B. McLaughlin, Toronto;

Bruce F. Beare, Port Perry;

David W. Burke, Hamilton;

Morris E. Gulliver, Leamington;

Oke Olson, Woodroffe;

Wilson N. Rivers, Ottawa;

William E. Smillie, London

29 young men.

I could only find information on Sid Seid.

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 Airforce.ca 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.

Pilots

Sid’s granddaughter

Who would have thought Millenna would comment more about Sid Seid?

Sid Seid Mosquito VI from 418 Squadron

Thank you! You know more about him than I do! He passed away when my father was 8 years old. . . I’m from Palau! You should tell some of your friends and come visit; it’s a great place! Anyways, I’m writing a report on him so if you have anymore info on him will you please share?

Thanks !

I was sure she would comment more on her grandfather.

Course 63 No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands

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Sgt. Ervin Earl Grissom

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Ervin Earl Grissom is not just a name anymore in a logbook. He got his wings in Uplands, but lost his life in British Columbia flying a Hurricane.

1943

April 15­ – Boundary Bay based Hurricane 5387 crashed just half a mile east of the airfield, killing trainee pilot Sgt. E.E. Grissom.

In memory of Sergeant

Ervin Earl Grissom

who died on April 15, 1943

Military Service:

Service Number:R/137479

Age:19

Force: Air Force

Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Grissom, of Lake Charles.

Cemetery: LAKE CHARLES (GRACELAND) CEMETERY; Louisiana, United States of America

Grave Reference: Lot 177. Sec. K.

(Canadian Virtual War Memorial Website)

I found these images on Find a Grave, and I was allowed by Charles T. Baggett to post them on this blog for just this purpose… to pay homage to Sgt. E.E. Grissom.

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Grissom headstone

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LAC Grisholm or LAC Ervin Earl Grissom?

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Just a name in a logbook?

Think again. I found this on the Internet. All entries with the word Hurricane are in red.


Other B.C. crashes and losses

The loss of training and coastal defence aircraft was not confined to those flying out of Pat Bay.

By Times Colonist – November 9, 2006

The loss of training and coastal defence aircraft was not confined to those flying out of Pat Bay.

 1940

July 27 – An Alliford Bay based Blackburn Shark 4 bi-plane lost a wing during a dive and crashed into the sea, position unknown. The bodies of F/Os Halpenny, Simpson and Richardson were not recovered.

Aug. 8 – ­Also lost at sea were the two airmen, names not given, aboard a Northrop Delta 2 which had cleared Coal Harbour.

 

1941

Feb. 21­ – A Royal Norwegian Air Force Northrop N-3PB crashed into the sea off Point Atkinson, killing Flight Pupil Erling Jorgenson and instructor Harald Kruse, both 25 years old.

May 5­ – RCAF Tiger Moth 4278 crashed on Telegraph Bay Road with the loss of two unnamed airmen.

Nov. 4­ – Stranraer 946 with five officers and crew Vancouver-bound from Penticton never made it. Its wreckage was discovered 10 miles southeast of Squamish in 1947 and a cairn erected at the site.

Dec. 27 – ­Only the serial number, 1049, and the name of the pilot, Sgt. C.B.
Pierce, are listed in the crash file for this RCAF P-40.

Dec. 30 – ­Of the eight men on board this RCAF Stranraer, which crashed a half-mile south of Ucluelet, four died and four survived.

 

1942

Jan. 4­ – Shark 4 No. 518 out of Alliford Bay collided with another Shark and went down between Finlayson Island and Big Bay, near Port Simpson. Two crewmen died but the gunner bailed out.

June 20­ – Another Shark, this one off Digby Island, with the loss of F/Ss H.E. Phillips and H.W. Baum.

July 6­ – RCAF Hudson 765 crashed on take-off at Whatcom County Airport. This aircraft was salvaged but two the seven airmen on board were killed.

July 7­ – Canso 8671 of RCAF 147 (BR) Squadron on a training flight from Sea Island crashed and burned three miles southeast of Sea Island. Killed were F/O D.J. Sterling, Sgt. H.M. Miners and AC1 E.J. Delaney.

July 12 – ­A Sea Island Kitty Hawk “spun in and burned,” killing trainee pilot, Sgt. C.L. O’Hara.

Aug. 23 – ­A Stranraer flying on patrol out of Coal Harbour was forced to ditch “well out to sea” (no position given). Crewmen Thomas Cox, Lawrence Alfred Bernard Horn, Mervyn Cram, Robert Bruce Stuart, Adolf Willard Anderson, Kenneth Carl Hope, Leslie Oldford and Charles Franklin Beeching survived ditching but were never seen again. An imposing pink marble or granite memorial bearing the RCAF logo stands above the flat headstones in Royal Oak Burial Park’s Section D which contains 58 graves of Canadian, British, Australian and New Zealand servicemen who were killed or died while serving their countries during the Second World War at Pat Bay. This, the largest marker, bears a more detailed legend than that given in the Crash Files:

“These brave men were lost on August 23, 1942 in action against a Japanese submarine 49o 47′ N, 130o 30′ W off Vancouver Island. Their bodies were never recovered. May they rest in peace.”

Sept. 6 – ­Sea Island based Bolinbroke 9114 vanished with its crew of three. The wreck was found in 1966, five miles northeast of Ucluelet.

Oct. 2­ – No name is listed for the pilot who died in the wreckage of his P-40 when it crashed and burned in Lynn Valley. He is buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park.

Oct. 4 – ­One of the worst accidents in terms of lives lost is that of RCAF Liberator EW 127 that caught fire in the air and crashed into Sansum Narrows during a night navigation exercise. 11 died.

Oct. 12 – ­RCAF P-40 #1029, pilot’s identity not given, crashed a mile east of Dall Head on Gravina Island.

Nov. 28 – ­There are no listed fatalities for this mid-air collision at Tofino. Harvard 3117, while filming P-40 #722, was struck by the latter and both crashed at the end of the runway.

 

1943

Jan. 16­ – One airman was killed and one survived the crash of a Sea Island Harvard at Aldergrove.

Feb. 4 – No casualty report is noted on the file for this Pender Island crash of a Boundary Bay Hurricane.

Feb. 14 – ­All six airmen aboard Alliford Bay based Stranraer 935 died while attempting to make a landing in Skidegate Channel.

Mar. 6­ – F/Sgt. R.F. Gainforth bailed out and walked out of the bush when his Hurricane went down near the head of Nitinat Lake. Two machine guns and considerable live ammo were recovered in 1963.

Mar. 28 – ­No details are given in the crash of P-40 #1037.

April 15­ – Boundary Bay based Hurricane 5387 crashed just half a mile east of the airfield, killing trainee pilot Sgt. E.E. Grissom.

April 24 – ­A Bolingbroke flying out of Sea Island plunged into the Fraser River a mile west of Mission. Only one of four bodies was recovered.

May 12­ – Less than a month after Sgt. Grissom crashed his Hurricane a mile east of the Boundary Bay airfield, F/S E.B. Monypenny did the same with his Hurricane during a dawn patrol.

May 27­ – The fate of the crew of RCAF Canso 11017 is not recorded after it crashed in Ucluelet Inlet. They likely survived as their aircraft was recovered, repaired and returned to service.

June 5­ – F/S J.A. Leslie survived the crash of his Hurricane in the Fraser while performing “local aerobatics.”

June 12­ – F/Sgt. Scratch died in the crash of his Boundary Bay based Mitchell bomber.

July 21 – ­P/O Gow bailed out and was rescued before his Hurricane went down off the northern tip of Vargas Island, Clayoquot Sound.

July 27­ – Wreck of P/O M.A. Foster’s P-40 was recovered from 90 fathoms off Point Roberts lighthouse.

July 30 – ­Eight airmen died when their Canso struck a mountainside and burned near Bella Bella during a patrol.

Aug. 1­ – No casualty status given for the loss of this Hurricane off Tofino during an operational flight.

Sept. 20 – ­The crash of Bolingbroke 9056 just east of Creston claimed the lives of F/O E.W. Bristol and WO2 J.D. McIntosh.

Oct. 22­ – This is an American entry, the loss of a USN Wildcat fighter plane from Whidby Island which crashed in water east of the Saanich Peninsula.

Oct. 26­ – One of the most heartrending of this litany of disaster: RCAF Ventura 2193 took off from Annette Island, Al., and crashed near Cape Chacon, Prince of Wales Island. Pilot WO2 G.C. Marshal, P/O A.J. Chandler, F/S H. Chambers and F/S V.C. Arnold survived the impact but had to remain with the wreck as all were injured. They died of starvation, their bodies not being recovered until 1950.

Nov. 5­ – A P-40 from Boundary Bay collided with a USN Hellcat during a training flight, east of Discovery Island. Both pilots bailed out but were never found.

Dec. 21 -­ P/O R.F.W. Sedgewick’s Hurricane plunged into the Skeena River after his Hurricane struck a cable of the Kitwanga ferry. A hand-written addendum notes: “Guns charged with ammo …fired on impact, scaring (an) Indian kid out of his wits nearby.”

Dec. 26 – ­Five USN airmen died in the crash of their Ventura at Lawn Point on the Island’s west coast. Their bodies were later recovered.

 

1944

Jan. 8­ – Bolingbroke 9031 ditched south of Tofino after colliding in mid-air; the second aircraft managed to crash-land.

Feb. 4­ – This Noorduyn Norseman crashed near Port Alice shortly after takeoff, killing three of its five-man crew.

Feb. 7­ – While formation flying out of Tofino, Hurricane 5390 had to ditch in Wickaninnish Bay; F/O F.D. Hague escaped by dinghy.

Feb. 8­ – The three airmen aboard Ventura 2275 survived their ditching in Seymour Narrows.

Feb. 8­ -There’s obviously more to the story as sister Ventura 2274 also ditched in Seymour Narrows that day. Both aircraft were flying out of Sea Island. Again, the three airman were rescued.

Feb. 8 – ­A busy day. Hurricane 5423 ditched off Pachena Point. P/O A.J. Ness managed to escape in his dinghy but was dead when found.

May 21 – ­P/O D.K. Sundercock died in the wreck of his P-40, south of Cloverdale.

May 26­ – The unnamed pilot of a Cornell “rode the A/C (aircraft) down, walked out of the bush (northeast of Cultus Lake) two days later.”

May 29­ – The bodies of the five men aboard Mitchell HD345 are buried at the crash scene on a mountainside in the vicinity of Mount Whymper.

July 14 – ­The bodies of the four-man crew of Mitchell HD319 which, like the 345, crashed during a navigation exercise, were never recovered although a prospector found the wreckage northwest of Johnson Lagoon, Rupert District, in 1960.

July 18­ – Six died but eight survived when their Sea Island based Dakota crashed in bush at the end of the runway at Port Hardy Airport.

Aug. 10­ – Another Mitchell down; this one, shortly after take-off from Boundary Bay on a night bombing exercise, claimed one of six airmen on board.

Aug. 16­ – Three airmen walked away from the crash of their Comox-based Expeditor at Germanson Lake near Fort St. John.

Aug. 18­ – P/O J.T. Wilkie was picked up after he bailed out of his P-40, northeast of Galiano Island.

Aug. 22­ – As was the three-man crew of Dakota FZ596 after they ditched during a navigation exercise.

Nov. 1­ – Another mid-air collision, this one between a P-40 and a four-engine Consolidated B-24 Liberator claimed the life of the former’s pilot, F/O J.F. Thomson.

Nov. 10­ – One of the worst of the wartime crashes is that of Abbotsford based Liberator KH108 which struck a mountaintop northeast of Nitinat Lake, killing all 10 aboard. Their bodies are buried at the site.

Nov. 14­ – 10 more fatalities in the loss of Canso 11017 during a sea patrol out of Tofino. No details are given as to the cause of the crash.

Dec. 23­ – Two of the four men aboard survived the crash of their Mitchell at Boundary Bay airfield.

 

1945

Jan. 9­ – Only bits of wreckage and some personal effects were recovered of the 11 persons aboard the Liberator that went down off Bell Island, Rupert District, during a navigation exercise.

Jan. 10 – ­It was two Liberators in two days with the loss of EW210 in the sea off Point Roberts. Three of the seven aboard were rescued.

Feb. 2 – ­All six aboard Norseman 2470 survived the crash landing of their Norseman on ice near the junction of the Fraser and Chilcotin rivers.

Feb. 4­ – This Liberator claimed the lives of all seven of its crew when it struck a mountainside three miles north-northwest of Whonnock.

Feb. 8­ – 12 aboard Canso 11007 survived after a broken fuel line forced it to “pancake” at the end of the Tofino runway.

April 17 – ­All the more remarkable is that not only did the 21 personnel aboard Catalina JX207 survive, but so did much of the plane’s equipment, which was salvaged when it drifted ashore after making a forced landing in the saltchuck in the Queen Charlottes.

June 1 – ­Liberator KK241 struck the west side of Mount Welch, Yale District, at the 7000-foot level; all 11 victims are buried at the wreck site.

June 26­ – The same goes for the three-man crew of the Comox based Dakota F2583 whose wreckage was discovered on Washington’s Sulphur Mountain in September 1953. They appear to be the last wartime casualties to die in B.C. skies, for a total of 191 servicemen and 67 aircraft above and beyond those servicemen and aircraft lost while flying out of Pat Bay.

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It has been estimated that at least 1,713 aircrew students and instructors paid the supreme sacrifice in Canadian skies. To put their numbers into historical context, by Mar. 31, 1945, when the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan came to a close, it had produced 131,553 aircrew for the air forces of Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. (72,835 RCAF, 9,606 RAAF, 7,002 RNZAF, and 42,110 RAF which included 2,600 Free French, 900 Czechs, 800 Belgian and Dutch, 577 Norwegians, 448 Poles and 5,296 trainees for the Naval Fleet Air Arm.)

Of these, 10,000 trainees passed through Pat Bay Station, 1940-45, the third largest airbase in Canada and able to train 3,500 students at any one time.

Total complement of Pat Bay peaked around 5,000, which included 321 RCAF airwomen, eight Nursing Sisters and 112 civilians. Among the support staff were the personnel who manned a fleet of crash boats, so necessary as it turned out.

Although Canada is better-known for its naval role, shepherding convoys in the Atlantic that were the lifeline for Great Britain, historian J.L. Granatstein has termed the BCATP to be “the major Canadian military contribution to the Allied War effort” in the Second World War. Of the total cost of $2.2 billion for the program, Canada contributed $1.6 billion and forgave a further $425 million debt owed by Britain at war’s end.

Almost ironically, the building of airfields and flight schools across Canada has been described as an economic godsend to communities still suffering from the effects of the Great Depression.

Royal Oak Burial Park, Section D contains 58 graves of Canadian, British, Australian and New Zealand airmen.

Just a name in a logbook?

In memory of Sergeant
Ervin Earl Grissom
who died on April 15, 1943

Military Service:

Service Number:R/137479

Age:19

Force: Air Force

Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Grissom, of Lake Charles.

Cemetery: LAKE CHARLES (GRACELAND) CEMETERY; Louisana, United States of America

Grave Reference: Lot 177. Sec. K.