Windsor Mills… How this blog got to be created

Post 117

First post on this blog on October 31st, 2012

Cam Harrod posted this on the Facebook group page British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada

Hi Everyone
Just joined the group and am happy I found it
Dad served at #9EFTS St Catherines from 1939-44.
Here is a picture of my actual Fleet Finch taken at #4 EFTS Windsor Mills Que
She is #4494 and I fly her in aviation events thru out Ontario

A black and white photograph of E. Weldon McKay in winter flight gear in front of a Fleet Finch II Model 16B with a sliding canopy for winter flying.   The photo was taken while Weldon McKay was stationed at Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) No. 4 Windsor Mills, Quebec.   Weldon McKay received his training at No.4 EFTS from November 22, 1941 to January 31, 1942. 

From the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Archive (source)

This is his plane…

More to come…

Meantime… click here.

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Windsor Mills 1945

This is what I wrote on another blog that pays homage to pilots and navigators with RAF 23 Squadron.

Click here.

If Cam Harrod is passionate about his Fleet Finch… and an avid reader of this blog about the BCATP…

I am passionate for letting the world know about this pilot and those who flew with him.

I am not closely related to him.

So why am I so interested in his story?

I could write a book on Flight Lieutenant Joseph Achille Eugène Gagnon DFC, a little known French-Canadian Mosquito pilot born in Bromptonville in 1921, or write a book on how I came about to find information on a civilian pilot who died in a plane crash on October 21, 1947.

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So what happened at Windsor Mills in 1945 that Cam Harrod can relate to?

You will have to come back later on this blog about the BCATP.

Cam already knows.

So why am I so interested in his story?

A French-Canadian Mosquito pilot! 

St. Catharines July 1941

What more can I say…

November is a good time to remember… what happened in July 1941.

Eugène Gagnon did not die in a plane crash while training in a Fleet Finch like LACs Fetherston and Davie.

I will tell you how he died later.

Eugène Gagnon is on a picture his nephew Jacques Gagnon shared with me in 2011.

At first I thought it was taken at No. 4 Manning Depot in Quebec City. I quickly had identified Eugène.

I had this other picture Jacques Gagnon shared.

There was something written on the back…

Pretty easy to identify who were on it and where it was taken thanks to Eugène.

Front : Nadeau – McGuire

Back : Reardon – Sweet – Cloutier

St. Catharines Ont July 41

In 2011 I had figured the group picture was taken later when Eugène was posted to No. 4 Manning Depot.

I wished I had known Cam Harrod back then. Cam’s father was an instructor with No. 9 EFTS St. Catharines.

Windsor Mills

Cam Harrod posted this on the Facebook group page British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada

Hi Everyone
Just joined the group and am happy I found it
Dad served at #9EFTS St Catherines from 1939-44.
Here is a picture of my actual Fleet Finch taken at #4 EFTS Windsor Mills Que
She is #4494 and I fly her in aviation events thru out Ontario

A black and white photograph of E. Weldon McKay in winter flight gear in front of a Fleet Finch II Model 16B with a sliding canopy for winter flying.   The photo was taken while Weldon McKay was stationed at Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) No. 4 Windsor Mills, Quebec.   Weldon McKay received his training at No.4 EFTS from November 22, 1941 to January 31, 1942. 

From the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Archive (source)

This is his plane…

More to come…

Meantime… click here.