RCAF base parking map from page 9 of Station Sea Island Air Force Day Program, June 14, 1958 -kindly donated by René Bousquet of St Stephen, New Brunswick on March 15, 2005
Which numbered buildings correspond to the buildings mentioned in the RCAF base parking map from page 9 of Station Sea Island Air Force Day Program, June 14, 1958 from René Bousquet?
Which were single men or single airwomen barracks? One or some of the Barrack Blocks were also used by married folks waiting to get into a home in the PMQ section beside Burkeville; which ones were they? Which was the School Annex building? The Wet Club or Wet Canteen (Schooner Club?), Where was the 7 o'clock club? the Officer's Mess, the Fire Hall, etc., etc.
The large home on the right as you pass the guard house apparently was the Fire Chief's house. (un-numbered here)
#12 - Main guardhouse/MP shack
#11 Gym and theatre.
#5, a Barrack Block
#6, short residential single unit - Is it a Barrack Block? - comments on its use: TMQ? Etc.
#7 large "H" residential -TMQ
#8 large "H" residential -TMQ
#9 large "H" unit The west side was the Airman's Mess and the east side was the Sgt's and WO Mess (RW)
#25, small "H" residential unit? - Is it a Barrack Block? - comments on its use: TMQ? Etc.
#26, #27 Barrack Blocks
#78 and #79 -storage
#30 Heavy equipment
#10 Social Centre, All ranks (RW) was this the Sea Island Schooner club? Cpl's Mess? Wet Canteen?
#29 was the airwomen's Barracks..
#77 the FORUM Recreation centre bowling Alley, movie theatre, gymnasium, etc.
#15 the 1-bed base hospital (RW) and Chapel (ST)
#25 was the Schooner club, we always referred to it as "The Wets".
#2 - ? immediately west of the CO's residence (which is un-numbered)
#3 appears to be a small "H" residential unit? - Is it a Barrack Block? - comments on its use: TMQ? Etc - Officer's Mess (RW)
#4 Fire Hall
#14 a snack bar that open sometime in 56 and was still there through 58
#16 and #31 appeared to be joined. What were they used for?
#1 Base HQ building Administration, CO, officers, pay, orderly room and records
#19, #20, #21, #22 #32 #56 was the Link trainer.
#74 RCAF 121 KU HQ and or Ops Centre and Communication Centre (RW) - former Sherwood Farms barn
Then small un-numbered building between #14 and #4 was the Dental clinic (RW)
I believe that the street name between building no. 29 and 27 is Terrace Street and the street south of building No. 3 and 4 is Edwards Street. The street running north and south on the east side of the map is Aylmer Road. Have I got this correct?
What else can you tell us about the buildings or streets on this map.
RCAF STATION SEA ISLAND
Please help us identify any or all of the gentlemen in this picture donated by Bob McQueen
If you recognize anyone, please let us know
If you know any of the other four gentlemen, please let us know their names
Please try to help us ID the Support crew
Ernest Chan kindly submitted this photo of a group from RCAF Station Sea Island c1952 heading to Ottawa summer camp. Ernest is fourth from left on bottom row. Can readers please help identify any of the others in this photo
RCAF 443 SQN. P-51 Mustang #9293 - 1950's
photo credit - Dan Esplen
Does anyone recognize either fellow?
Please help identify any of the servicemen and servicewomen and provide any additional details about the following three photos. Thx.
Michael Gee - RCAF Stn Sea Island
photos courtesy of Doug Carmichael
George H. Hierlihy
Jim Maddock of Scarborough, Ontario kindly donated a photo album from his late Mother's estate in 2007.
The late Betty Maddock (nee Elizabeth Brown) was a former RCAF Sea Island staff photographer for the period 1956 to 1959.
Her personal photo album contains an outstanding collection of 249 Sea Island-related B&W photos (a few colour) It provides a glimpse of the life on the base of mainly the RCAF Airwomen.
It's Betty's personal album of many RCAF personnel – many of the unidentified photos appear to be of family and friends associated with the RCAF Airwomen of Sea Island, 1956-59.
If you are in contact with any of these women or their families the Sea Island Heritage Society would like to be in touch with them to aid in the identification of people and details of events of many of the other photos in this great album.
Royal Canadian Air Cadets at Sea Island Summer Camp 1961
RCAC 655 Squadron in front of RCAF C-47 Dakota Aircraft
Photos kindly donated by Dewar Boutilier of Powell River, B.C. in memory of his brother, Shane Boutilier (1945-2012).
Officers of No. 11 (AC) Sqn, RCAF: 01 Nov 1932 – 1939
Then to 111 Sqn: 1940
Then to RCAF
W/C J.I.M. BEDDALL
BEDDALL, W/C John Ivor Murdoch (C938) - Member, Order of the British Empire - CJS Washington - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in London, England, 31 March 1907; educated in Canada from 1918 onwards; stocks and bonds salesman, 1933-34 and insurance salesman, 1934-38. Enlisted in Vancouver, 21 October 1938 as an Equipment Officer, initially with No.111 (Coastal Artillery Cooperation) Squadron; promoted Flying Officer, 21 October 1939 and Flight Lieutenant, 15 August 1940; to No.4 Training Command Headquarters, Regina, 30 September 1940; to No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, 16 October 1940; to Technical Training School, St.Thomas, 19 June 1941; to No.1 Training Command Headquarters, Toronto, 7 August 1941; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 September 1941; to No.12 Technical Detachment, 26 March 1942 (unit later designated No.12 Aeronautical Inspection Detachment); to AFHQ, 10 September 1942 for Special Duties at RCAF Requirements Unit, Dayton, Ohio; promoted Wing Commander, 1 March 1943. Released 4 July 1945. Died in West Vancouver, 25 April 1988. Award presented 10 October 1947.
This officer has been in command of a Requirements detachment for a long period of time during which he has invariably displayed outstanding keenness in the execution of his many responsible duties. His devotion to duty and leadership have contributed much to the success of his Detachment and have been an inspiration to his Staff.
NOTE: This award was the result of prolonged lobbying. On 29 July 1944 A/C S.G. Tackaberry recommended an OBE, writing:
This officer, during his extended tour of duty at No.1 Requirements Detachment, Dayton, first as a member of the staff, and for the past two years in command, has at all times displayed exceptional devotion to duty.
This failed to make the New Year Honours List for 1945, and on 17 January 1945, A/C Tackaberry again proposed an OBE:
This officer, during his extended tour of duty at No.1 Requirements Detachment, Dayton, two and a half years of which was in command of the Detachment, has at all times displayed keenness in the performance of his duties. His devotion to duty and leadership has contributed much to the success of his Detachment and has been an inspiration to his staff.
This failed to make the Birthday Honours List for 1945, and on 19 July 1945 it was A/V/M G.V. Walsh who recommended him for an MBE or OBE in terms identical to those used in January 1945. Given his rank, the granting of an MBE rather than an OBE is odd.
BEDDALL, W/C John Ivor Murdoch, MBE (C938) - United States Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) - CJS Washington (retired) - Award effective 10 January 1947 as per AFRO 17/47 of that date. However, in a letter dated 12 December 1946, Colonel R.E.S. Williamson (U.S. Military Attache) reported to AFHQ that he had been presented with the insignia of the Legion of Merit in Vancouver on 30 November 1946.
BEGG, W/C Roy Franklin (C223) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot. Born 5 August 1915 in Vancouver; home there. Attended University of British Columbia, 1932 to 1935. Enlisted as a P/P/O in RCAF Auxiliary, 15 October 1936, No.11 (Army Co-operation) Squadron. Qualified for pilot's wings, 4 May 1938; promoted to Flying Officer 6 May 1938. Attended summer camps at Sea Island, 1937, 1938 and 1939, initial armament course in 1938, instrument flying course in 1939. Attended Central Flying School, Trenton, 3 June to 2 July 1940. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 June 1941. Instructed at No.2 SFTS and No.15 SFTS (at the latter school as of 17 June 1941). To RAF overseas, 3 May 1942. Promoted Wing Commander, 1 June 1943. Flew on operations with No.414 Squadron and became a staff officer with No.83 Group Headquarters. Repatriated 12 August 1944. To Western Air Command as staff officer, 5 October 1944. In December 1944 he was awarded the Air Efficiency Award; on 11 December 1944 posted to No.18 SFTS. Appointed CO, Station Debert, 11 March 1945 (promoted to Group Captain); released 9 October 1945. Living in Vancouver in 1947. Died in Vancouver, 17 April 2003.
W/C ROY BEGG
PHOTO CREDIT: Comox Air Force Museum
BIO.CREDIT: Hugh Halliday and Jerry Vernon
BELL-IRVING, Lieutenant Alan Duncan - Military Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 October 1916. Born in Vancouver, 28 August 1894. With CEF; attached to No.7 Squadron, 1 September to 14 December 1915 (wounded); invalided to UK, 18 December 1915; with No.60 Squadron, 30 April to 9 November 1916 (wounded); appointed Flying Officer, 15 May 1916; promoted to Captain and Flight Commander, 3 November 1916; with No.66 Squadron, 25 March to 23 August 1917. To Home Establishment, 23 August 1917; promoted to Major and Squadron Commander, 31 January 1918 on joining School of Special Flying; to Redcar, 26 March 1918; to Leysdown, 4 April 1918; to No.3 Training Group, 1 August 1918; relinquished commission, 24 June 1919. Insurance agent between the wars, active in veterans' groups and RCAF Auxiliary; attended Coronation of 1937 as part of RCAF contingent. When applying for a private pilot's license in 1928 he stated he had flown 100 hours as an observer and 465 hours as a pilot. Joined RCAF Auxiliary as a Squadron Leader, 5 October 1932 (C225) with No.11 (Army Cooperation Squadron); promoted to Wing Commander, 1 October 1937 and given command of No.100 Wing. To Western Air Command Headquarters, 24 November 1939; promoted to Group Captain, 15 June 1940. To Camp Borden, 18 June 1940. To No.4 SFTS, 24 August 1940. To No.1 Training Command, Toronto, 13 August 1941. To No.1 BGS, 26 July 1942. To Station Trenton, 1 November 1943. Relinquished commission, 20 November 1945. Awarded OBE (Civil), 6 July 1946. Died in Vancouver, 24 April 1965. Medals and logbook with RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario.
S/L A.D. BELL-IRVING
S/L F. K. BELTON
BELTON, H/S/L Frederick Keith (C965) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Church of England Chaplain. Appointed to provide Chaplain services to No.111 (CAC) Squadron, 1 February 1939, Vancouver with rank of Honorary Flight Lieutenant. Mobilized with the unit in September 1939 (first chaplain mobilized). Went overseas in November 1941. Promoted Honorary Squadron Leader, 15 May 1942. Promoted Honorary Wing Commander, 1 November 1943. Reverted to Honorary Squadron Leader, 13 July 1944 but appears to have regained Honorary Wing Commander. Repatriated 9 March 1945. To Western Air Command, 20 March 1945. To Release Centre, 18 December 1945. Retired 28 December 1945. Reported to have died, 19 December 1966 as per DVA letter of 18 January 1967. No citation.
A/C W.W. BROWN
BROWN, A/C Walter Whitson (C74) - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - Training Command Headquarters- Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 18 June 1949 and AFRO 260/49. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 8 September 1903. Enrolled in Royal Military College; to be Pilot Officer, 17 June 1925. Authorized to wear pilots wings, 23 April 1926. Promoted Flying Officer, 17 June 1926. Transferred from No.1 Flying Training School to No.2 Squadron, 21 July 1926. From No.2 Squadron to No.1 Wing, 19 April 1927. Transferred from Winnipeg to Camp Borden, 3 January 1928. On command from Camp Borden to Headquarters and to Lake Megantic, 13 June 1929 to 9 October 1929 when returned to Camp Borden. On command to Central Flying School, Wittering, 23 January 1930 to 12 May 1930. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 April 1930. From Camp Borden to Vancouver, 31 August 1933. To No.11 (NP) Squadron, 31 January 1934. To “A” Detachment, Lac dun Bonnet, 15 June 1936. To “A” Flight, No.8 Squadron, Lac du Bonnet, 22 December 1936. To Military District No.10, Winnipeg, 24 March 1937 as Air Staff Officer. Posted to Ottawa, 10 December 1937. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 April 1938. Promoted Wing Commander, 1 May 1940; to command No.8 SFTS, Moncton on its formation, December 1940. Promoted Group Captain, 1 April 1942. To No.1 Training Command, 24 October 1942; to No.17 SFTS, 8 March 1943; to No.10 Repair Depot, 26 January 1945. To “Y” Depot, 9 April 1945; to RCAF overseas, 13 April 1945. Promoted Air Commodore, 1 May 1945. Served as Senior Air Staff Officer, No.84 Air Disarmament Group. On return to Canada, 5 June 1946, he became Chief Staff Officer at Training Command Headquarters, Trenton. Retired September 1955. No citation to the French award other than "In recognition of distinguished services rendered in the cause of the Allies.".
CAMPBELL, A/C Hugh Lester (C132) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. See Canadian Who’s Who, 1968. Born 13 July 1908 in Salisbury, New Brunswick. Educated there and Moncton. COTC Cadet while attending University of New Brunswick; appointed Provisional Pilot Officer, 4 June 1928 for first term training; to 31 August 1928. Appointed P/P/O for second term of training, 4 June to 31 August 1929; appointed P/P/O for third term of training, 2 June to 31 August 1930; awarded wings, 27 August 1930. Confirmed as Pilot Officer on Permanent List, 6 July 1931. Transferred from Camp Borden to Trenton, 19 October 1931. Promoted Flying Officer, 6 July 1932. Transferred from Trenton to Camp Borden, 14 November 1932. Returned to Trenton, 31 May 1933. To AFHQ, 30 November 1934. To be Assistant Staff Officer, Personnel, 28 December 1934. To Camp Borden, 12 November 1935. Subsequently, Air Commodore Hull advised Campbell that he should return to flying instead of being tied to a staff job, advice which Campbell described as “the turning point in his career” (notes by Fred Hitchins, RCAF Historian, in Campbell file). Transferred from Training Group, Camp Borden to command No.11 Detachment, 31 May 1936. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 July 1936. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 April 1939. Transferred from No.111 Detachment to Trenton, 15 April 1939. Commanded No,15 SFTS, Claresholm, Alberta. Next proceeded overseas to be Director of Air Staff, RCAF Overseas Headquarters; during an inspection he was injured when his jeep drove over a mine (North Africa). Returned to Canada in January 1944 as Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff. Appointed Air Member for Personal in April 1945 (promoted Air Vice-Marshal). Took a course at Imperial Defence College, then appointed Air Officer Commanding of Northwest Air Command (1948); Chairman of Canadian Joint Staff in Washington (1949-1950); Canadian Member of NATO Military Representatives (1950-1952); awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while Air Vice Marshal and AOC No.1 Air Division (post held 1952-1955); Vice Air Deputy at SHAPE (1955-1957); Chief of the Air Staff (1957-1962); retired 14 September 1962. Award presented 27 June 1945. Died in Ottawa, 25 May 1987.
A/V/M H.L. CAMPBELL
S/L G.W. DuTEMPLE
DU TEMPLE, George Walter (C351) - Born in Vancouver; learned to fly at Aero Club of British Columbia. Appointed Provisional Pilot Officer, Non-Permanent, No.11 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, 6 July 1934. Attended camps at Sea Island, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939. Qualified for Pilots’ Flying Badge, 10 June 1936. Confirmed in rank and promoted Flying Officer, 11 June 1936. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 April 1939. To No.3 BGS, November 1940. To No.6 BGS, date uncertain. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 December 1940. To No.4 Training Command, 9 July 1942. To Northwest Staging Route, 15 October 1942. To No.4 Staging Unit, 15 October 1942. To No.4 Training Command, 18 October 1943. To Western Air Command, 16 March 1944. To No.3 Staging Unit, 31 May 1944. Promoted Wing Commander, 1 October 1944. To Station Edmonton, 17 February 1945. To No.8 Release Centre, 3 May 1945. Released 1 June 1945.
S/L J.W. Gledhill
GLEDHILL, S/L John Whitely (C387) - Mention in Despatches - No.122 (Canada) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born in Vancouver, 29 May 1908. Engaged with west coast steamer operations (personal secretary to the Managing Director of the Union Steamship Company, 1930-1936). Enlisted in Vancouver, 22 September 1936 with No.11 (Coastal Artillery Cooperation Squadron; (provisional commission dated from then, confirmed 4 May 1938); qualified for flying badge, 4 May 1938. Promoted Flying Officer, 8 May 1938. Served with Nos. 11 and 111 Squadrons (Auxiliary) in Vancouver before the war. At Coutts, Alberta, 29 December 1939 to 12 February 1940, receiving Digby aircraft. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 July 1940. To Station Trenton, 18 November 1940. To No.9 SFTS, Summerside, 19 January 1941. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 June 1941. Promoted Wing Commander, 15 November 1942. Reverted to Squadron Leader, 22 April 1943; To No.1 GRS, 23 April 1943 for GRS course; to Western Air Command, 9 July 1943; to No.120 (BR) Squadron, 24 August 1943; to No.3 Repair Depot, 10 February 1944; to Western Air Command, 1 June 1944; to No.122 Squadron, 13 September 1944; granted Air Efficiency Award, 26 February 1945; to Western Air Command, 25 April 1945. To No.3 Repair Depot, 26 June 1945. Retired 12 October 1945. Died at University Heights, British Columbia, 14 July 1965.
MALCOLMSON, Henry Geoffrey (C515) - Appointed Pilot Officer, Non-Permanent, General List, No.11 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, 15 May 1935; qualified for Pilots’ Flying Badge, 15 July 1936; promoted Flying Officer that date. Attended summer camps at Sea Island, 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 February 1941. To No.2 Training Command, 10 October 1942. To No.7 AOS, 9 November 1942. Promoted Wing Commander, 15 December 1942. To No.12 SFTS, 12 July 1944. To No.8 Release Centre, 30 January 1945. Resigned commission, 14 February 1945. Died in Victoria, 8 September 1977, aged 73.
P/O H.G. MALCOMSON
G/C W.J. McFARLANE
McFARLANE, G/C William John (C564) - Mentioned in Despatches - Station Goose Bay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, 14 March 1903. Came to Canada young; worked as machinist in Alberta, 1918-1921. Went back to school and finished University of Alberta, 1924, then took ICS correspondence course in electrical engineering. Was in mining and sales until 1927, when he joined Vancouver Police Force (motorcycle officer). Enlisted in RCAF in Vancouver, 1 August 1933 and served with No.111 (Coastal Artillery) Squadron - later No.111 (Fighter) Squadron - until November 1940; promoted Squadron Leader 1 September 1940. Instructed at Trenton, Picton and Rockcliffe (November 1940-January 1942); promoted Wing Commander, 1 February 1942; served at Goose Bay. To North West Staging Route, 19 November 1942; promoted Group Captain, 1 January 1944. To Winter Experimental and Training Flight, 15 January 1944. Appointed CO of No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School (Jarvis), 31 January 1944. To No.1 Air Command, 18 February 1945. To No.10 Bombing and Gunner School, 1 March 1945. To No.4 Release Centre, 14 June 1945. Retired 4 July 1945.
MacKENZIE, Lieutenant William George - Military Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 22 June 1918. Home in Vancouver (student); with No.82 Squadron, 14 September 1917 to 20 July 1918 (to France, 29 November 1917); to Home Establishment, 20 July 1918; to No.12 Group, 22 August 1918; to No.44 TS, 77 November 1918. Appointed Flying Officer, Reserve of Officers, RCAF, 5 October 1932 (C554). To No.11 (Army Cooperation) Squadron as Flight Lieutenant, 10 February 1933. Entitled to Pilots’ Flying Badge that date. To Reserve of Officers, 1 February 1936. Resigned commission, 7 December 1938.
F/L W.G. MacKENZIE
MURRAY, G/C Walter Allan (C544) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Central Navigation School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Enrolled as Provisional Pilot Officer, 4 June 1929; qualified for wings, 19 August 1931; placed on Reserve List that day. To No.11 (Reserve) Squadron, 4 February 1934. Subsequently with Nos.111 and 113 (Reserve) Squadrons; to Active Force in Calgary, 27 October 1939. As of 21 January 1941 he was at “A” (probably AFHQ). Promoted Wing Commander, 1 June 1941. To RAF Ferry Command, 9 January 1942. Promoted Group Captain, 8 January 1943; posted that date to No.1 Central Navigation School. Served there to 15 September 1945; to Release Centre, 31 October 1945; retired 2 November 1945..
G/C W.A. MURRAY
NAIRN, A/V/M Kenneth Gordon (C585) - Mention in Despatches - AFHQ - Award effective 9 December 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFHQ 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 9 November 1898 in Edinburgh. Attended George Washington College, Edinburgh. Migrated to Canada in 1911. Enlisted as trooper, Lord Strathcona's Horse, 1916; went overseas with 196th Battalion. Transferred to RFC, 1917 and trained as a pilot (Netheravon, July 1917). Posted to No.17 Reserve Squadron at Shawbury, instructing on FK.3 and RE.8 aircraft until the spring of 1918. Transferred to Old Sarum for training on DH.4 and BE.2c aircraft before posting to No.205 Squadron (DH.4 and DH.9). Engaged in bombing bridges over the Somme at Brie and St. Christ, low-level reconnaissance and raids on Brancourt and Beaurevoir. In September 1918 he suffered damage to eardrums from anti-aircraft fire. Following the Armistice, No.205 Squadron was engaged in carrying mail in the Mauberge area. In January 1919 he went to Verviers, Belgium where he has a special assignment flying King Albert. On the disbandment of No.205 Squadron (March 1919) he went to Np.18 Squadron. Reportedly destroyed five enemy aircraft (but source is uncertain and may be unreliable). Postwar trained as charted accountant. Honourary Wing Commander in RCAF, Vancouver, 14 November 1934, No.111 Squadron; became member of Active Air Force in 1939, serving as Director General Accounts. Promoted Air Commodore, 1 September 1941. Promoted Air Vice-Marshal, 1 November 1942. Retirement announced 14 September 1944 but not effected until 28 April 1945. Died in Vancouver, 29 October 1988.
A/V/M K.G. NAIRN
P/O W.E. TWISS
TWISS, William Edward (C710) - Appointed Pilot Officer, Non-Permanent, General List, No.11 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, 1 December 1934; qualified for Pilots’ Flying Badge, 10 June 1936. To be Flying Officer, 12 June 1936. Transferred to Reserve of Officers, 1 November 1938. Reported to have died February 1941.
WALMSLEY, Alan (C721) - Born in Bolton, England, 4 June 1907. Attended Bolton Grammar School and Vancouver Technical School. Enlisted as 2041NP in No.11 Detachment, lectured in wireless. To be Provisional Pilot Officer, Non-Permanent, General List, No.11 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, 12 August 1936. Attended summer camps at Sea Island, 1937, 1938 and 1939; also took Armament course in 1937. Qualified for Pilots’ Wings and confirmed as Pilot Officer, 4 May 1938. Promoted Flying Officer, 5 May 1938. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 June 1941. To No.2 WS, 12 April 1942. Promoted Wing Commander, 19 July 1942. To No.3 WS, 1 August 1942. Promoted Group Captain, 1 January 1944. Reverted to Wing Commander. 28 February 1944. To War Staff College (Toronto), 15 June 1944. To AFHQ, 25 August 1944. To Trenton, date uncertain. Retained rank in postwar RCAF. To No.11 Group Headquarters, 10 August 1948. To No.14 Training Group, 1 August 1951 and immediately assigned to Canadian Army Staff College. . Promoted Group Captain, 1 June 1952. To Air Material Command, 10 September 1953. Retired 15 June 1958.
G/C A.A. WATTS
Born in Vernon, British Columbia. Educated there and University of British Columbia. Lawyer. Enlisted in Vancouver as a P/P/O, 1 August 1934 with No.11 (Army Cooperation) Squadron; resigned 8 October 1936. Re-appointed Provisional Pilot Officer, 16 September 1937; received pilot's wings 4 May 1938 and confirmed as Pilot Officer that same day. As of 5 May 1941 he was a Flight Lieutenant in AFHQ. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 June 1941. To No.13 SFTS, 15 May 1942 and promoted Wing Commander that date. To RAF overseas, 31 October 1942. Repatriated 25 November 1943. To No.3 Training Command, 22 December 1943. Promoted Group Captain, 1 January 1944. To “A”, 30 September 1944. To Release Centre, 29 January 1945; retired 12 March 1945. Died 26 April 2001.
Please help identify the people in this joint military group and the date and reason this group had their photo taken. Thanks.