No.9 SFTS Summerside Course 17

1941 03 PEI

March 1941

1941 03 PEI (2)

Back of photo

About this class, I found more information on this Website.



About a book

Last year Marc-André Valiquette told me he was writing a book about the history of Bagotville. I was quite excited because I knew a little bit about Bagotville.

Walter Neil Dove was there when he was posted at No.1 OTU Bagotville after he earned his wings!

I was able to share what I had about Wally Dove to pay homage to Wally. 



Hurricane in formation over Bagotville

George Nadon was an instructor after his first tour of operations. We all remember George don’t we?

Georges Nadon 122 Squadron

Bagotville – 75 Years of Air Defence

Only 14 limited / luxury editions are still available at $300 : numbers 18 – 34 – 35 – 37 – 38 – 40 – 44 – 46 – 58 – 60 – 63 – 68 – 73 and 74. Signed by Colonel Darcy Molstad, CO 3 Wing Bagotville, box with metal inlays, challenge coin, dust jacket, embossed and stamped cover.

The regular edition is $60.

WWII : No. 3 OTU, No. 130 Sqn, Hurricane, Harvard
The 50s : Vampire, Sabre, CF-100
Supersonic era : CF-101 Voodoo, CF-5
The high-technology era : CF-18

Lots of information on 413, 432, 440 , 425 , and 433 Squadrons.

* 512 pages
* 1,600 pictures
* 175,000 words
* 14 illustrations / cartoons
* 19 paintings
* 12 profiles
* Bilingual
* Hard Cover
* Printed and Bound in Canada by Friesens

GST included, shipping extra.
Contact Marc-André Valiquette via Facebook or at this email address

Do not miss this opportunity!

Alaska 1942-1943 – More sharing by François Dutil


S/L FG Grant DSO DFC, CO 118 (F) SQN 28 February 1943 to 12 October 1944.
Annette Island Alaska.


S/L Art Yuile, CO 118 (F) SQN June 1942 to February 1943, on his personnal mount.
Annette Island Alaska


118 (F) SQN RCAF June 1942, Alaska.


118 (F) SQN newly arrived at Annette Island Alaska. June 1942. The two Hudsons in the line up accompanied them all the from Dartmouth NS for their cross country trek.


Pilots of 118 (F) SQN, Annette Island Alaska spring 1943.

CO S/L FG Grant sitting at center. He will take the unit to the UK for conversion to the Hawker Typhoon. He will command the renumbered unit (438) until promoted to W/C taking over 143 Wing RCAF (438, 439 & 440 SQNs) earning a DSO and a DFC. On his immediate left and right, two more pilots who will command 438 on Typhoons, both losing their lives in the process.


Kittyhawk with Hudsons in the background


Gun harmonizing. 118 (F) SQN.
Alaska 1942/43.


118 (F) SQN ops begin.
Annette Island Alaska, June 1942.

Prangs! – Déjà vu?

These next photos are courtesy of François Dutil of 438 Squadron…

438 Squadron



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Déjà vu?

I posted the same photo earlier on this blog. They were part of Lorne Weston’s personal collection…



Kitty Hawk (sic) landing Alaska


Kittyhawk 2


Kittyhawk with pilot 1


Kittyhawk with pilot 2




Alaska Kittyhawk 3


Kitty Hawk cash landing Alaska


Kitty Hawk (sic) landing Alaska

More on Lorne Weston here.

The First Race is the Sweetest

About a comment that was left on my blog

Hi – I hope it’s okay for me to comment. I took part in a 10km race on Sunday 3rd September called the Spitfire 10K. It was organised by the RAF Museum and held at RAF Cosford. Each runner was given the name of a pilot who was lost in the Battle of Britain to run in memory of. I was honoured to run with Sergeant Warden’s name on my vest (Noel Proctor Warden). I wasn’t able to find out very much about him prior to the race but I have written a blog post about the experience. If anyone is interested in reading it, it can be found here:

I’m particularly hoping that Sergeant Warden may have some descendants who will visit this page in future.

Running Up That Hill

On Sunday 3rd September, I took part in my first ever official organised race, and what a race it was! The Spitfire 10K takes place at the RAF Museum based at RAF Cosford, Shropshire. The venue alone was worth taking part for – the course comprised hangars, airstrips, bunkers, and part of the museum itself.

I’d been looking forward to this race for a number of reasons; it was my first and so I would get to experience what happens on race day, it wasn’t far from home and my family were coming along to watch (and hopefully cheer), but most of all because the race organisers had allocated each runner the name of an RAF pilot who had fought and died in the Battle of Britain to run in honour of. I was particularly touched by this, and thought it was a poignant and important tribute.

spitfire 10kAbove: my race…

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