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My father was B-17 crew, 15th air force spent winter of 44-45 stalagluft one, anyone left from that group?
I'am looking for information on # 3 Advanced Flying Unit from WW2.  My cousin was from Winnipeg in RCAF was sent to England 1943.  Was killed that same year in what could have been a training accident in Oxford Aircraft.  Any info out there?  Would appreciate hearing from you.  Thanks
Reply To Jock Williams' Guest Book Entry: Thanks for writing Jock . . .Son Robin thoroughly enjoyed the BCATP documentary filming experience. He'll be glad to hear from you. Some of the local media coverage is featured at: www.Airmuseum.ca/reach.html
We enjoyed our tour of your Website: http://www.tigermothenterprises.com/  (it has been added to the AirMuseum Links page)
Bill (Volunteer AirMuseum Webmaster)
We operate a diversified aviation-oriented company offering Tiger Moth services as well as aviation and military consulting to the tv and film industry -I worked with your son/grandson on the filming of the BCATP documentary recently in Picton. He is a fine young man and your site is excellent.
Regards Jock Williams
RCAF member 1941-1964.425 SQN.Wellington, Aircraft Flying Turtle.
T33 jet instuctor,and 12 other A/C. Any crew members around ??????
Excellent museum & site - lots of work. Have completed for publication book honouring all men on WWI/WWII cenotaph which includes 2 RFC WWI-Sampson in France, McKiel in Scotland, + 8 WWII - Ward, car crash; Graham, electrocuted in Goose Bay 1946; Thompson on flight from Nfld to N.B.; Bishop, France Mar. 6/40; MacDonald, Apr. 8/43; MacMillan, Apr. 19/44; Petch, 18 Nov./43 (transf from Spitfire to Bombers, first flight; and will add 2 not on cenotaph: Hinton, Mar. 23/44 Sask.; Horne, Jan. 7/45. Hopefully hist. of 31 SFTS (RAF) which trained FAA will be available in 2005 if grant available for publishing.
A great site and worthy one to the memory of all who flew and served as part of the Commonwealth Air Training programme.
Please could you help me in my seach for information, regarding Sergeant/Pilot James Leonard Webber O/No 1435307 Royal Air Force. He died in Canada 7th August 1943. Is it possible to find out how he died. Regards Ron Scutcher.
Grandson of W.O. Wayne W. Adams (American). Flight Instructor No. 9 S.F.T.S.
Looking for info on the RCAF Marine Squadron from WWII, in particular the Crash Boats that were based in Pat Bay.  My father, Jim Anderson, was skipper of the Montagnais (M234) during the war.
My uncle F.O. Dale Pushor J12967 served in the RCAF in WW2 and was killed in action on a raid to Hamburg on July 30,1943. I have been researching his life and military career. I came across this web site while surfing sites looking for info. Thanks for all the info and if there is anything that you could recommend that I do please let me know. Regards Rob
im sick of the stereo type of young people not respecting or fully comprehending veterans contributions to the war efforts and not knowing the horrors of trench warfare. Whenever a young person who is knowledgable in this area tries to tell people that they do in fact know about war, many older people just say "im sure you do" in a sarcastic manner. Its insulting to see people on TV say to the entire country, that we dont know the horrors of war and therefor do not respect veterans, that we think war is a some sort of game. But the truth is we DO know all about the horrors of war and feel gratitude to the millions that have died, just because some little ten year olds with glittery eyeshadow dont know, we are all assumed to not know. I am sick of this, the world needs to know that we are not all ignorant little snobs. We know more than many adults yet we receive no credit. ---jen, age 14
I am a volunteer for the town of Okotoks Museum and Archives, located south of Calgary, Alberta. We are working on a veterans project and want to include information about the British Commonwealth Air Training Centre which operated at DeWinton. Would you have any information about this site? We have gathered stories from local civilians (all women) who worked there, but we're hoping to gather information about when it was built; why that location; how long did it operate; how many pilots trained there and from where, etc. Do you know where I could get this information? Thank you.
I am building a database of the pilots, which graduated from No. 1 STFS, Borden, on 16 March 1941. I have a list of mainly Australian trainee pilots, but there are also many Canadian pilots, which I am hoping someone may be able to help me with. Is there anyone reading this who may be able to add anything to the names in the following list, please? I would appreciate any details or suggestions you may be able to offer, via my private e-mail address.
Thanks in advance, Steve Brew - brew@clients.ch
ARNOT, Donald Mackenzie, Sqdn. Ldr., DFC, J/13470
427 Squadron RCAF; pre-war Chemist of 22 Benlamond Road, Toronto (See TDS, 18 March 1941); died 22 January 1944; son of Colin Mackenzie and Florella May Arnot, of Toronto, Canada; buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Berlin, Germany, Grave 2. K. 10
BROWN, David T., Sgt. Plt.
Royal Street, Toronto, Ontario; born 1917; pre-war Salesman
DOW, H. R.
Toronto, Ontario
FOLEY, James Donald Alexander, Plt. Off.,  J/15244
407 Squadron RCAF; died 6 April 1942; aged 25; son of James Leo and Eva Foley, of Ottawa, Ont., Canada; remembered on Panel 100 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England
GIRARDOT, Edmond David, Plt. Off.,  J/15310
407 Squadron RCAF; died 18 April 1942; son of Francis R. and Jayne Kathryn Girardot, of Toronto, Ont., Canada; buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands, Grave 7. J. 8
LIMPERT, L. W. C.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
MATHER, Donald Stuart, Flt. Sgt., R/54288
407 Squadron RCAF; died 10 October 1941; remembered on Panel 60 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England
MORRISON, Hugh Allan, Flg. Off. (Navigator), J/28857
431 Squadron RCAF; died 8 June 1944; aged 29; son of Joseph H. and Mary Ellen Morrison; buried in Blevy Communal Cemetery, Eure-et-Loir, France, Coll. Grave
NAYLOR, Ralph E., Plt. Off.
Toronto, Ontario, top of the class at Borden (See TDS, 18 March 1941)
NUTBROWN, Creighton
Sherbrooke, Quebec; born 1921; pre-war Railway Worker
PERSONS, A. C.
Montgomery, Alberta
RAMSAY, Charles
Newcastle, Nova Scotia
REEVES, Wilmot O.
Brantford, Ontario
ROWLEY, M. W., Plt. Off.
London, Ontario; pre-war Drug Salesman
RUSSELL, Howard W., Sgt. Plt.
Davenport Road, Toronto, Ontario; pre-war “Mechanical Experimentalist with a business machine firm” (See TDS, 18 March 1941)
SILLS, William
College Student of MacGregor Avenue, Toronto; born 1921
SMITH, H. R.
Truro, Nova Scotia
STEEL, E.
Montreal, Quebec
WALKER, Clifford Arthur, Flt. Lt., J/4552
Night Fighter Development Wing (Mosquito), RCAF; born 1922; equal youngest Pilot Officer graduate from Borden with Australian H. Vivian Shearn, above (See TDS, 18 March 1941); died 2 February 1945, aged 23; lost off Danish Coast with Flg. Off. S. Humblestone (See Franks’ “Losses”, Vol. 3, p. 142); aircraft failed to return from a raid against the aerodrome at Tirstrup, Germany; son of Thomas and Martha F. Walker, of Fort William, Ont., Canada; remembered on Panel 278 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England
WILLIAMSON, Donald
St. John, New Brunswick; School Teacher
Great site. My brother Doug MacNearney trained at Moose Jaw and rec,d wings at Saskatoon SFTS inJune 41. Missing on flight to Gib March 43 en route Malta with RAF 23
Great site and a wonderful tribute to the many young men and women who gave the best years of their lives and, in some cases, life itself in defence of their country and the freedom which they cherished. 
I served in the R.A.F. at 31 O.T.U, Debert, Nova Scotia, 1942-1944, as Sgt. Fitter/ Armourer, Repair Sqdn. Armoury.Met and married my wife in Truro, Nova Scotia.
I am a frequent visitor to site and find it very informative. a great site I still search for two R C A F members of a crew I flew with in 1945
I am the son of a american service man, I was born on 5 Sept 1943 and  I am looking for my father. The only clue I have is that he was known as Hy and met my Mum in Winnipeg Man. He was training in the BCATP in the Winnipeg area and Mother lost contact with him. I understand he was from Bellingham Wash. If anyone could help me discover what happened to him it would be greatly appreciated. I have visited the museum in Brandon and think it is great.
I enjoy your site very much,especially "As you were",thanks. Hewitt
An Excellenr website and very useful in my research.My Uncle Ross Bertran,DFC,a Canadian, served in RAF as a Wellington Torpedo Bomber Pilot from 1940 to 1943 with 38 and 221 Squadrons in North Africa and Malta.Went missing on second tour of duty off Malta.Interested in contacts who may have served with him.I am writing a book on these fellows and their accomplishments.....
Nice web site.
Attractive and quality site you have here!  Good work.
My uncle was Flt. Sgt. Alfred Paterson. Alfred was a flight instructor in the commonwealth program, based near Niagara Falls, Ontario.He was killed while instructing on a training flight on March 3 1943. Does anyone out there know of him. Please drop me a line. Cheers....
I am still working (slowly) on the information record of John Allen Parker P/O of Minnedose MB, who was lost on a raid to Berlin the night of Feb 15/16 1944. A photo of P/O Parker was at the museum for copying purposes a while ago. Also have started research on W/O1 William M. Comba R/59670 of Killarney, MB. who was lost on a raid June 14, 1943. Will advise you when I have finished these projects.
15 Wing's Aviation Heritage Museum is planning a series of displays based on the remembrances and experiences of the many men and women who were stationed here as part of No.32 Service Flying Training School (32 SFTS) RAF during the Second World War, and after a brief hiatus following the war, as members of Royal Canadian Air Force Station/CFB/ 15 Wing Moose Jaw's NATO community.
I would be very interest in hearing from any ex-Service personnel and/or their next-of-kin who have been stationed here over the past sixty-one years. Specifically, I am interested in obtaining any items (photo's, letters, patches, etc.) that they may care to donate to our museum, as well as any personal recollections or reminiscences they wish to place on paper, cassette. video, etc. of their time at Moose Jaw.
It is my hope that through them, the 15 Wing Aviation Heritage Museum will be able to provide the more than 25,000 visitors who tour our airbase annually, with a special insight into life here through the years.
I served as an A/G in the RAF two members of our crew were: RCAF B/A named Roman Strelchuk ~ Wop/AG named Cliff Mayne  If either name rings a bell please email me Thanks Jim Murphy
My husband Jack B. Randall was a flight instructor from 1942 to 1945.  Most of his instruction was on the prairies and Gimli, Man.  Instructed on Tiger Moths and Harvards.  Keep up the good work.  My son has shown me this page on a visit to his home.
I am compiling a database of all who served at 514 Squadron in Waterbeach, England. I have lots of contacts, so write if you are trying to find an old friend from WW2.
I have yet to visit the museum but feel sure it is something to be proud of.
We visited the museum after the 1992 Commonwealth Aircrew Reunion in Winnipeg.  It is a great museum and a wonderful tribute to all those who trained with the BCATP and who served during WW2.  I guess another visit is long overdue
I'm seeking information about American citizens who enlisted in the RCAF prior to Pearl harbor.
My father was a bomb aimer on Lancaster's during WW2, he and his crew completed 51 successful missions before being shot down on the 52nd mission over Le Havre, France. Thank you for this great tribute site and when I am in Brandon I will visit your museum. Jim Swartz
An excellent site.  Can anyone provide a membership roster of the pilots graduating class, Canadian 41B? There may have been some Americans in that class. I flew P-38's and P-51's with the 55th Fighter Group, 8th Air force, WW II, from bases in England. I welcome queries from those with an interest in either of those aircraft.
Wow, there has been much work since I was last here.  Good show folks! Researcher wishes to contact anyone and everyone who served at the following schools: No. 8 EFTS Sea Island ~ No. 18 EFTS Boundary Bay ~ No. 24 EFTS Abbotsford ~ No. 33 EFTS Caron, Saskatchewan ~ and
No. 5 O.T.U. Boundary Bay and Abbotsford -- cheers for now, Michael.
After having finally found books on the Canol Project, I have turned my retired mind to the BCATP and was so glad to find your site and the museum.  I think it is most important that the piece of our history and culture is preserved.
I have just viewed the Memorial Book and was disturbed to find so many errors in the biography of my father, Wilbur Lewis Turner, J8378.  #1 - He never lived in Waterville, QC.  His home was in Cherry River, QC - my mother and I moved to Waterville over three years after his death.  #2 There was a crew of eight on the plane that night; five, including my father were killed as your record shows. The three survivors, J.L.White, J.M.J. Smith and P.S. Beck (all RAF) were POW's. #3 -The plane took off on the 4th of May 1943, but the presumed date of death was the 5th of May. I can only assume that this information came from the survivors. For what it's worth the Commonwealth War Graves Commision also has the wrong date of death.  The gravestone has the correct date. I got this information from my father's military records which I requested from the National Archives.
Sgt Nick Squire, the 23 Squadron RAF Historian wishes to make contact with any ex-squadron member regardless of rank or trade. If you were, or know someone who was, a member of the 'Red Eagles' at any time then please get in touch. You can contact me at: 23 Squadron, RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, LN5 9NB. England. E-mail: historian@23sqn-association.co.uk
This is an incredible site.  Extremely well done.  I am going to order your book too - it looks like a very worthy project.  Am researching the final disposition of any RCAF aircraft.  Essentially I am looking for the serial number, aircraft type, unit, last known location or fate (Written Off, Missing, Preserved, etc.).  Any help would be greatly appreciated as it is part of my voluntary duties as an Air Force  Heritage Officer.  Thanks in advance.  Again - great site and keep up the excellent work.  Per Ardua Ad Astra. Captain Fred Paradie ~ Canadian Air Force.
I served in the RAF as an A/G.  Our B/A was in the RCAF--Roman Strelchuk ~ our W/AG ,also RCAF---Cliff Mayne. Any info please e-mail me    Thanks Jim Murphy
After being rescued from France in 1940, I took a training course and was then posted to 31.O.T.U. Debert, N.S. When we arrived there were no aircraft yet so we were sent all over Canada. I went to Pennfield Ridge, N.B.and loved it.
I trained as an R.A.F pilot in Alberta.1943.and I am trying to contact by email any ex R.C.A.F member who could help me in finding what happened to my training airfields etc. signed   Johnny.Cumber.
Do any of your members recall a Pete Shepherd/Sheppard, who was in England 1944-5?  If so, please e-mail me.  Thanks, Angela
Today March 14 just got my issue of Contact and noted the web site on the back cover.  What a treasure trove, and how full of nostalgia!  I was a Lancaster pilot with 419 Moose Squadron from May to October 1944. I was a Yank in US uniform as 1st Lt with a Canadian/British crew and flew just as the rest of the Squadron.  For some now obscure reason I was known to many as "Fearless Joe", somehow derived from a hero of the times - Fearless Fosdic in the Dick Tracy comics.  Flew 34 ops, got an immdeiate DFC, had it given to me by King George in a field investiture, and a photo of that event is among my proudest mementos of WW II.  Two air gunners still survive and we see each other about every two years; my WAG is still OK (adjusted for age), and my flight engineer (RAF) is still OK in the UK.  I've only seen him once, but we correspond still.  I have never regretted my service with the RCAF, about two and a half years before my transfer back to the Americans, under some specious rumors and demands about losing our citizenship.  Yet some of my friends went through the whole war and were discharged from the RCAF at the end and went home as Americans!  Did you know that somewhere around 10,000 Americans served in the RCAF. If you look in that great volume on RCAF casualties you will note that there is an American death on nearly every double page.  But those who served as I did, in US uniform, on a Canadian or Commonwealth squadron, and were killed, are not noted anywhere in the Canadian casualty lists.  I know of two, good friends, who are on that special list.  One, Captain Andy Wakeman, is buried in the American Cemetary in Cambridge, England; he died in a Mossie crash in the river Thames.  The other, Lt Max Dowden, went missing on a raid after surviving the Nuremberg fiasco, and is memorialized on the wall of the missing in the same cemetary.  Incidentally, also on that wall are the names of Glen Miller and Joseph Kennedy, Jr. 
I am researcher in the RCAF Training Base no.2 Pennfield. It was part of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan and opened in 1942. I am looking for further info, photos, first hand accounts and maps of the base. Please contact me at jason@gaudet.com 
Great site and wonderful museum. Former Wag and member of Ex air Gunner's Association. Basic at NO. 2. Manning Depot, July, 1941. Guard duty at 12 SFTS. No. 2 wireles school. No.2. b&g. 31 GRS, 31 OTU, 119 br, 11br, 10 br. Retired CNR. 
A fabulous site. Great Work.  Canadian WWII Navy VET.
Our museum has come a long way in the last decade or so, hasn't it?  I was last through Brandon 3 or 4 years ago, and even over that short a time through a media as limited as the 'net, I can see many pleasing changes taking place.  Will you be changing the on-web photos periodically?  I recieve CONTACT via physical mail and enjoy it, but has there been any thought of contacting those who are on the 'net and asking if there is any interest in recieving CONTACT electronically?  This might save the museum a few dollars in paper, staples, and postage.  As well, it would free up somebody's time to do something other than collate, staple, stamp and mail.
I was looiking for this type of Web Site as my father was an instructor in the BCATP from 1941 to 1945 or 46.  His name is Jack B. Randall and at that time I believe he was a Flying Officer.  He reenlisted in the RCAF in 1952 and retired in 1972 holding the rank of Major (Squadron Leader).  His last command was the BOMARC Squadron in North Bay, Ontario.  He now resides in Ottawa, Ont.  Thank you for a great site.
I was looiking for this type of Web Site as my father was an instructor in the BCATP from 1941 to 1945 or 46.  His name is Jack B. Randall and at that time I believe he was a Flying Officer.  He reenlisted in the RCAF in 1952 and retired in 1972 holding the rank of Major (Squadron Leader).  His last command was the BOMARC Squadron in North Bay, Ontario.  He now resides in Ottawa, Ont.  Thank you for a great site.
I am most impressed with your site. Your links to sites with aviation content is out of this world. I would be interested in your comments on my site.
I was a pupil on the last course No.122atat Brandon No.12 SFTS
Keep up the good work!! I am seeking information on Americans who served in the RCAF during WWII. See my article, "Yanks In The RCAF" in the November 2000 issue of "Air Classics"
Nice site and a great museum. Keep up the good work. Thank you to all who have served our country.
I am one of your Lifetime Members and a contributor to the Museum.  I just found out your website in the latest edition of Contact Vo.17. No.3.  Wish that I had known of this fact before now.  I've enjoyed touring the Museum on the 'net and hopefully one of these days I will finally be able to visit in person.  I really enjoyed what I have seen, and will continue to visit in this fashion from time to time.  Keep up the great work! John Lameck
Hey, I work at this place!
I am searching for one "Flight Sergeant Ferguson" (given name unknown), a Canadian pilot at the No. 7 Air Gunner School (25th Air Wing, RAF) near Cardiff, Wales during the Second World War. He was one of two Canadian pilots at the school. I am interested in locating him if he is still alive.
Please direct responses to s.manson@publichistory.ca
Great site, would love to visit the museum! I`m researching war time memories for a project and hopefully a book one day. If you have any recollections to add please visit my site or e-mail me. Best Wishes,  Angela
Your website is really excellent. I am currently researching my uncle's (Pilot Officer Thomas Jones RAFVR)service career - he trained in the CATP at 33 EFTS in Caron, Saskatchewan, and then 39 SFTS at Swift Current, also in Saskatchewan between October 1942 and March 1943. Sadly a few months after posting to 15 Squadron he was shot down and killed with all his crew over occupied France in May 1944. I am pleased that your site remembers the intensive training that so many young men went through - and the ultimate sacrifice that so many of them made.
Very nice sight.  Great concept and well carried out.  I will be spending some time here for sure.  Looking forward to a in person visit to the musuem .  Keep up the good work.  Well Done.    Msgt Hal Ammons, USAF, (Ret)p.s. formaly U S Navy:  VA-65,USS Essex,CAG-2,7th Fleet  a/c: AD-4B,AD-6  Hal
Wonderful site! The virtual tour is excellent, but to really "feel" the full impact of the CATP museum, you have to see it in person. I encourage everyone who visits this site to take a personal tour. You won't be disappointed.
I enjoyed looking at your site. My dad was ground crew for the programme. I grew up hearing many stories both humorous and trajic about the pilot trainees at Bagotville.
I received my Wings at 37 SFTS Calgary 5th Nov.1942. FIS at TRENTON,ONT. and Instructed for two years on HARVARDS at 34 SFTS Medicine HAT.Flew 2000 Hours in CANADA on Commonwealth AIR Training Plan. Enjoyed every moment. Good Luck and Best Wishes.  Eric Robinson.
Greetings. My mother's cousin, Leading Aircraftman Patrick Ernest Maguire, RCAF, from Montreal, was killed at Yorkton service flying training school on 7 OCT 42.  My research has revealed that he was involved in a midair collision while flying a cessna crane.  I have requested a copy of his service records from the National Archives of Canada.  Anyone having information about Yorkton, etc, please respond.  I would be most appreciative.  Patrick's only other sibling, was killed in the Netherlands while serving with the Governor General's Foot Guards. Thanks, Brian
hi, nice site. I'll be updating my links page and will include the fact that you are selling the Memorial book.
You guys have a great site,found it very interesting - keep up the great work. Cheers We Can Never Forget
Looking good!
This site is very interesting and well presented. As a Vietnam Veteran I always applaud that which memorializes our fighting men. Through such sites as yours the deeds and lives and memories of such men, and women, will not be lost. 
Pretty homepage pictures. Love the flag and shield thingy. Good job? eh?<g>. 
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