“There is a little-known gem of a museum in Dunnville, Ontario that preserves artifacts and training aircraft from the No. 6 Service Flying Training School (SFTS) that was used to train fighter pilots. This was one of 19 #SFTS
in Canada run by the #RCAF
as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). An additional 10 SFTS were run by the #RAF
“Starting in late spring of #1940
, Timbro Construction turned working farmland into an active airfield that was to become the site of the No. 6 SFTS, including five hangars, three double runways, 50 H-huts, a drill hall, a canteen, a fire hall, and other buildings. The site was chosen because it was not near controlled air space and was close to the open water of Lake Erie. The No. 6 SFTS was the first Service Flying Training Schools to be built especially to train Air Force pilots. As a result, it was the only one to use structural steel in the construction of the hangars. (Those five hangars are still in use today.) Subsequent #ServiceFlyingTrainingSchools
were built using wooden trusses to preserve steel for the war effort.
“The No. 6 SFTS officially opened on November 25, 1940. The first class of pilots earned their wings on February 10, 1941. The last of 53 classes graduated in November 1944. A total of 2,436 pilots from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the United States earned their wings here. Training aircraft included Yales, Harvards, and Ansons. By the middle of 1943 Yales had been eliminated, but one Moth was added for five months. During the four years of operation, 47 men lost their lives. Six Yales and 26 Harvards were destroyed in training accidents.”
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