Bill Hillman's Monthly Military Tribute
AS YOU WERE . . .
WAR YEARS ECLECTICA
April 2020
2020.04 Edition

VIRDEN DAYS :: Pt. I
MEMORIES OF NO. 19 E.F.T.S ~ R.C.A.F.
1941 - 1944

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VIRDEN DAYS is a Giant Souvenir BCATP Book from WWII.
I have scanned and displayed  the many pages of text and photos of  the book
across three issues of AS YOU WERE . . .: APRIL ~ MAY ~ JUNE
The photos were taken by Nicholas Morant of the National Film Board of Canada

The book is from the collection of Randy Pierce.

RCAF Station Virden
No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School
Ref: Wikipedia
RCAF Station Virden was a Second World War, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) station. It was a British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) flying training station located north of Virden, Manitoba, Canada. It is now the site of Virden/R.J. (Bob) Andrew Field Regional Aerodrome.

In approximately 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 49°53?N 100°55?W with a Var. 14 degrees 30' E and elevation of 1446'. The runway is listed as a 3600' diameter, Turf, All way field.

The station hosted No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School (19 EFTS). Flight instructors were civilian and were members of the Brandon-Virden Flying Club and the Moose Jaw Flying Club. Aircraft used include the de Havilland Tiger Moth and Fairchild Cornell. A relief (emergency) landing field was located near Lenore. No. 19 EFTS opened May 16, 1941, and closed December 15, 1944.

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VIRDEN DAYS
A Partial Record of No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School
R.C.A..F ~ Virden  Man.
Operated By Virden Flying Training School, Ltd
1941-1944
To All The Grand Fellows: Instructors, Students and Staff
Who Made Number Nineteen A Place of Happy Memories
This Souvenir Is Dedicated

OPENING COMMENTS FROM THE OFFICERS AND STAFF

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* "There are the aircraft!"
* The Gate
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* The Discips
* To Machine Gun Butts
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INCIDENTALS
* P.T.
* In Barracks
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GROUND SCHOOL
* Navigation
* Engines
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* Signals: Lamp
* Signals: Key
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* Aircraft Recognition
* Armament ~ Theory
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* Armament: Practical
* The Link Room
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* Into Wind
* In the Control Tower
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* On the Apron


BRING 'EM DOWN ALIVE
* Folding a Parachute
* Ella won't pack a 'chute until it's hung 24 hours
to smooth the wrinkles. Her brother's an instructor."
* Packing a 'chute
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". . . LOG BOOKS PLEASE"
* "Flight authorized by . . ."
* "It says here your time was . . .
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THE SOLO STORY

* Walking Out
* Last Advice
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* In the Circuit
* The Glide In
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* All Over
* Congratulations
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* "Dere Mum: I MADE IT . . . !"



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BONUS FEATURE
Another Presentation from Our
BCATP Station Magazines Archive
AER-LOG Scans by Harry Hayward
Read all 18 pages in PDF at:
www.airmuseum.ca/reprints/aerlog/Aer-Log_44feb.pdf


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VIRDEN DAYS :: MEMORIES OF NO. 19 E.F.T.S ~ R.C.A.F. :: 1941 - 1944

As You Were. . . April 2020
VIRDEN DAYS PART I
2020.04 Edition
As You Were. . . May 2020
VIRDEN DAYS PART II
2020.05 Edition
As You Were. . . June 2020
VIRDEN DAYS PART III
2020.06 Edition
As You Were. . . July 2020
VIRDEN DAYS PART IV
2020.07 Edition

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