Walter Neil Dove’s Training Days: Part Two

I had started posting in 2012 what Greg had sent me about his grandfather’s training days in the RCAF.

He had sent me lots of scans from his grandfather’s logbook and photo album.

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I said that more was forthcoming, but I must have been distracted somewhat and I forgot to post everything.

Since September 2011 this has been quite a long journey into the past of a young Canadian who enlisted early in the war. If I recall correctly Walter Neil Dove enlisted in December 1940.

I will have to ask Greg about it. 

This is the inside cover with a good luck charm on the upper left.

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This is page 2… very instructing!

Walter Neil Dove came home unscathed on the Queen Elizabeth in December 1945 and he had something to prove it.

Many young men were not on board like Arthur Horrell…

arthur-james-horrell

Walter Neil Dove had some pictures to record this event…

He had kept his precious logbook and all the pictures he took. His grandson Greg was generous enough to share all with me. I could have kept everything for himself but he did not.

This is how this blog started in September 2011 when I met Greg at his parents’ place.

I had told Greg I was going to take the time to check if everything he sent has been posted.

Wally, that was his nickname, was first stationed at No.1 Manning Depot in Toronto on July 11, 1941.

the gang at manning pool

Germany had invaded Russia two weeks before on June 22, 1941.

Walter Neil Dove stayed there until August 8, 1941. He was then stationed at No. 14 S.F.T.S. Aylmer from August 8 to September 1, 1941.

Aylmer airdrome

After Alymer, Wally was posted with No.5 I.T.S Belleville. Wally wrote the meaning of all the abreviations.

I.T.S stands for Initial Training School. This is where cadets were selected either to be pilots, navigators, or air gunners.

On October 27, 1941, Walter Dove was posted with No. 3 E.F.T.S. London, a flight training school.

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Flight Instructor Chandler was the one teaching Walter Neil Dove how to fly.

J. H. Chandler, Flight Instructor circa 1941

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Maybe one day relatives of J. H. Chandler will find my blog and shared what they know.

Who knows?

August 1941 at No. 14 S.F.T.S. Alymer

This is the plane that the Duke of Kent used on his trip to visit several training bases in Canada.

Walter Neil Dove took these pictures in August 1941 at No.14 S.F.T.S. Aylmer.

Little did he know that the Duke would be killed in a plane crash in 1942. This event is still shrouded in mystery.

Walter Neil Dove also took these pictures.

This is Harry Dean.

Harry is posing in front of the Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor the RCAF used to fly the Duke of Kent.

Walter Dove also took this snapshot.

This is Dizz.

Dizz is Martin Disbrowe of St-Thomas.

He did not survived the war.

Click here.

In memory of
Leading Aircraftman

 WALTER (MARTIN)  DISBROWE

who died on October 30, 1941

Military Service:

  • Service Number: R/116603
  • Age: 20
  • Force: Air Force
  • Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information:

Son of George E. Disbrowe and Edith P. Disbrowe, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

More on No. 14 SFTS Alymer.

Walter Neil Dove’s training days: Toronto Manning Depot to No. 14 S.F.T.S. Alymer

Greg sent me these scans from his grandfather’s logbook and photo album.

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The gang at manning pool

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This was on the back of that picture.

# 5 Squadron

A-1 Flight

July 22/41

Toronto Ont

#1 Manning Depot

RCAF

Walter Neil Dove was really there in 1941 if we cross-referenced this picture with this logbook page.

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He was there from July 11 1941 to August 8 1941.

Walter Neil Dove then moved to No. 14 S.F.T.S. Alymer, Ontario where these pictures were taken.

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More pictures next time.

For more on No. 14 S.F.T.S. Alymer, click here.

Walter Neil Dove’s training days

Greg sent me lots of new scans from his grandfather’s logbook and photo album.

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More to come as I post all that Greg sent me.

Inside cover with good luck charm on the upper left.

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Walter Neil Dove was stationed at No. 3 E.F.T.S. London on October 29, 1941.

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Flight Instructor Chandler is teaching Walter Neil Dove how to fly.

J. H. Chandler, Flight Instructor circa 1941

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First flight at No. 3 E.F.T.S. on October 29, 1941.

We don’t say enough about the Flight Instructors.

They played a big part in the BCATP. They stayed in Canada. Most of them would have like to be posted overseas where the action was. 

I wonder what happened to Flight Instructor J. H. Chandler.

Prior to being posted there, Walter Neil Dove was first stationed  at No. 14 S.F.T.S. Alymer, Ontario and after at No. 5 Belleville, Ontario.

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Aylmer airdrome

Harvard 71

Harvard 71

Taking the bus to Belleville