EMERGENCY EQUIPMENTAcross from this display there is a case filled with various emergency equipment. There is an emergency paddle, life jacket as well as the medical and food kits you would carry with you on a mission in case your aircraft went down.
At the end of the aisle is display No. 3, our pilot’s display. This display contains artifacts which belonged to Flight Lieutenant Walter Dinsdale, who later became one of Manitoba’s MPs and was one of the ministers in the Diefenbaker cabinet. Walter was the pilot of a Mosquito aircraft and amongst other items in this display is a model of this type of aircraft. The Mosquito was the fastest aircraft the Allied forces had at the time.
The Germans had developed a pilotless aircraft commonly known as the buzz bomb or “Vee One.” This bomb was programmed to fly across the channel from Europe and land whenever it ran out of fuel. Should an attacking aircraft attempt to shoot the buzz bomb down the resultant explosion would be sure to cause severe damage to the attacking aircraft. The safest method of preventing the bomb exploding on target was to put the wing of the attacking aircraft under the stub wing of the bomb and tilt the bomb off course. This was accomplished mostly over the channel and the buzz bomb would then dive into the water and the resultant explosion would do little or no damage. The speed of the Mosquito made it an excellent aircraft to carry out this task. Walter Dinsdale was one of the first to do so. To identify the various medals awarded to the Honourable Walter Dinsdale please refer to the medal display later in the tour.
The display behind you is a diorama of a typical Service Flying Training School. This display is 1/72nd scale and consists of three aircraft, a tow tractor, maintenance personnel, control tower and the front of a hangar. These hangers, like the one we are in now, were constructed to serve as temporary buildings, expected to last for about ten years. The fact that many of these hangers can still be found around Canada is a salute to the planning and dedication of the men and women who participated in the B.C.A.T.P. Can you find the hawk watching the gopher?
SERVICE FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL DIORAMA
William G. Hillman
BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
Photos by Bill Hillman ~ Copyrighted 1999/2010