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.

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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.

Fleet Finch 4462

Windsor Mills 1945?

Nope… Gatineau 2012!

I took these pictures at Gatineau airport last September.

It rained a little…. but the day was memorable.

I knew this was a Fleet Finch.

I wonder how many visitors at Gatineau could identify it…

In 2010 I could not. I did not know anything about BCATP either. It took me some time to write the abbreviation properly… BCTAP… BATCP…

I still do.

This man has been guiding me since 2010…

1921-1947

He was not my only guide.

Marcel Bergeron became a close friend…

Marcel wanted to let the world know about his youth hero, an unknown French-Canadian Mosquito pilot with RAF 23 Squadron.

What became of our first meeting is a fascinating story…

Click here… 

So what happened at Windsor Mills after the war in 1945?

Curious…?

Next post on November 11.

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.

 Click here.

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! 

Windsor Mills 2011

Sometimes you meet someone and it leads you to unchartered waters…

I have been waiting for the right moment to start this blog about the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

In 2011 I went on a field trip with a friend, Marcel Bergeron… He acted as a guide.

I had known about the old St-François-Xavier airport since 2010 when I met Marcel for the first time. Marcel flew there in 1945!

I had to go!

Little did I know then that I would make contact with Cam Harrod in 2012 and start sharing what I have found about Windsor Mills.

Not that I have found that much.

But you have to start somewhere don’t you.

All clear!

Contact!

Click here…

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.