Wings Are Presented To 41 Pilots at Borden
(By BILL ROCHE, Staff Writer, The Globe and Mail) Camp
Borden, Sept. 6, 1940 — Climaxing the annual sports day of No. 1
Service Flying Training School, Royal Canadian Air Force, forty-one graduates
of the intermediate training squadron late this afternoon received their
wings from Group Captain A.T.N. Cowley, officer commanding the school..
Happy pilot officers receiving the coveted wings were representative of
communities from Charlottetown to Vancouver and most of them came here
from the elementary ground instructional school at the former Eglinton
Hunt Club, Toronto.
Captain Cowley, addressing the graduates, reminded them they were the
sixth and last class to come in as pilot officers for training. From now
on, all pupil pilots will come into the service as aircraftmen under the
joint air training plan, formerly known as the Commonwealth Air Training
"We knew you would be the last class, and so you were hand picked,"
Captain Cowley said. "You are our choice, and anything you do will
reflect to the credit or otherwise of the Royal Canadian Air Force."
Air Vice-Marshal Absent
Air Vice-Marshal L. S. Breadner, D.S.C., had hoped to attend the wings
parade, but could not come from Ottawa because of pressing duties.
Those receiving their wings were: Pilot Officers D.A. Weir, Montreal;
P.W. Langford, Field, B.C.; W.B. Wood, Toronto; H.C. Stewart, Calgary;
C.L.T. Sawle, Edmonton; F.W. Macdonell, Halifax; G.A. Tambling, London;
R.J.W. Askwith, Ottawa; E.L. Neal, Cornwall; E.D.
Porter, Belleville; J.H. Ross, Edmonton; W.D.W. Hilton. St. Catharines;
R.H. Hyndman, Ottawa; R.M. Stayner, Saskatoon; J.R. Bryan, Port Arthur;
J.S. Cardell, Edmonton; H.C. Trainor, Charlottetown; D.C.S. Macdonald,
Vancouver; G.R.M. Hunt, Edmonton; D.T. French, Edmonton; R.P. Quigley,
Bartonville; J.G. Weir, Toronto; C. Chetwynd, Vancouver; R.A. McLernon,
Montreal; J.W. Weis, Oakville; W.G.M. Hume, Sherbrooke; H.E. Mitchell,
Brampton; E.W.R. Fortt, Esquimalt; E.A. Bland, Peterborough; D.G.C. Chown,
Winnipeg; N.C. Brown, Saint John; R.J. Richards, Montreal; A.G. Byers,
Montreal; H.E. Fling, Weyburn; L. Savard, Quebec; C.W. Scully, Ottawa;
J.V.S.L. Saint-Pierre, Montreal; W.F. Napier Fredericton; P.J. Phelan,
Toronto; E.B. Gale, Quebec and C.J. Fallis, Toronto.
The parade was called to attention and a short silence was observed when
the name of M.L. Stephen of Moncton, N.B., was called. This member of
the class died in an airplane crash last Monday after having qualified
to receive his wings.
The wings ceremony took place in a hollow square formed by comrade units
of airmen on three sides, and more than 2,000 relatives and friends on
the other. The event was held on the tarmac in front of the control tower.
Among distinguished guests present were Wing Commander W.I. Riddell, Officer
Commanding Rockcliffe Air Station, Ottawa; Wing Commander F.S. McGill,
O.C. of the new No. 2 Service Flying Training School at Uplands, Ottawa
and Squadron Leader J.G. Kerr of No. 2 S.F.T.S., Ottawa.
Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 17 July
Obtained a BA after five years study at St.Dunstan's University
- worked one year as a law student in Charlottetown.
Enlisted in Moncton, 16 February 1940.
Trained at No.1 SFTS (17 June to 5 October 1940).
Commissioned 16 February 1940;
Retained in Canada as instructor
(Trainor flew a modified (unauthorized) Harvard trainer with
- twice the normal power. He "harassed" the brass
with it until
- they finally posted him over seas)
(No.1 SFTS, 22 November 1940 to 20 July 1941;
Station Trenton, 31 July to 26 November 1941;
No.9 SFTS, 27 November 1941 to 4 July 1942;
No.8 SFTS, 5 July to 23 October 1942);
described in Canada as a hard working
and conscientious instructor.
Arrived in Britain 6 November 1942.
Further trained at No.17 (P) AFU, 17 Nov '42 to 4 Jan '43
No.57 OTU, 5 January to 23 March 1943.
Served with No.402 Squadron (23 March to 5 May 1943)
No.411 Squadron (5 May to 28 September 1943).
Described on 27 August 1943 as good flight commander material
and on 22 September 1943 his CO described him as
"a definite asset to our squadron".
Served at No.41 OTU, 28 September to 30 November 1943.
Returned to No.411 in December 1943 until 26 July 1944.
Posted on latter date to No.401 Squadron;
reported missing (POW) 19 September 1944;
(he had been flying a high patrol over Eindhoven.
- After switching from auxiliary (drop) tanks to main tank
- he developed fuel trouble and resorted to gliding;
- Yellow Section led by F/O J.C Hughes gave cover.
- He glided from 23,000 to 4,000 feet when
- engine poured white smoke and he baled out
- just east of Eindhoven. )
Liberated in April 1945,
Released 4 October 1945.
DFC and Bar presented 9 April 1948;
DSO sent by registered mail, 10 March 1949.
Died 4 July 2004
RCAF Shoots Down 26 Enemy Planes
in Normandy Between Dawn and Dusk
By P.O. H. R. McDONALD, A Canadian Airfield in France,
June 29 (CP). — Canadian fighter planes, in one of the most brilliant
achievements in the history of the R.C.A.F., shot down 26 out of a total
of 34 enemy aircraft destroyed over the Normandy front between dawn and
dusk yesterday. In addition, R.C.A.F. pilots chalked up a number of enemy
planes probab1y shot down and a number bf others which were damaged.
Four pilots scored double kills. They were Wing Cmdr. J. E. (Johnny) Johnson,
English – born commander of a Canadian fighter wing operating from
an R.C.A.F. base in Normandy, and Flt, Lts. H.C. Trainor, Charlottetown;
W. T. Klersy, 14 Harcroft Rd., Toronto, and R.
K. Hayward. St. John's, Nfld.
Destroys Two, Damages Third
Hayward destroyed two FW-190's and damaged a third, which gave him the
highest R.C.A.F. individual score of the day. Earlier reports indicated
the Canadian airmen had downed 18 enemy planes in yesterday's daylight
operations. The complete figures were reached by intelligence officers
today after a period of aerial operations which exceeded in intensity
anything since the Allied Normandy beachhead was opened June 6.
Besides the toll of enemy planes; which included all fighter types, R.C.A.F.
pilots also strafed transport on the roads. Final claims on two aircraft
are being sifted.
Among the R.C.A.F. Spitfire pilots contributing to the total with one
Hun each were: Flt. Lts. Irving Kennedy, Cumberland,
Ont.; G. R. Patterson, Kelowna, B.C.; McElroy,
Kamloops, B.C.; Henry Zary, New York; R. M. Stayner,
Saskatoon; A. F. Halcrow, Penticton, B.C.; G.
W. Johnson, 102 Beechwood Ave., Hamilton,
Ont.; D. E. Noonan, 146 Willingdon Ave., Kingston,
Ont.; J. B. Rainville, Montreal; and Flying
Officers W. J. Banks, Leaside, Ont. and G. H.
Farquharson, Corbyville, Ont.
Wing Cmdr. Johnson's score of two brought his total of enemy planes downed
to 32, equaling the mark set by Group Capt. A. G. (Sailor) Malan, a South
African, now on ground duty.
Among the R.C.A.F. fliers scoring probables were FO. A. C. Brandon, Timmins,
Ont.; FO. J. B. O'Sullivan, Vancouver; and PO. J. M. Flood, Hearst, Ont.
Nine Others Damaged.
At least nine others wire damaged by fliers of the R.C.A.F.
Of the wings comprising Group Capt, W. (Bill) MacBrien's R.C.AF. sector,
the one led by 22-year-old Wing Cmdr. George Keefer,
D.F.C. and Bar, Charlottetown, was high scorer of the day with 13 confirmed
victories. Johnson's wing was second with seven in a close race with a
unit led by Wing Cmdr. R. A. Buckham, Vancouver.
TRAINOR, F/L Hugh Charles (C1697) - Distinguished Flying
Cross - No.411 Squadron
Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.
Within a very short period Flight Lieutenant Trainor
has shot down five enemy aircraft. His successes are a fine tribute to
his great skill and fighting qualities.
Johnson Bags 2 More, Boosts His Total to 35
LONDON, July 5 (CP).—Canadian Spitfire pilots,
their 28-year-old English leader, Wing Cmdr. John E. (Johnny) Johnson
again setting the pace, destroyed seven German aircraft over Normandy
today, raising to 65 the number of enemy planes knocked down by Canadian
fighter wings in one week. Johnson, leading Allied air ace in the European
theatre, shot down two planes today to bring his score to 35. FO. R. T.
McRobert of Calgary also got two "kills" in today's triumphant
sweep by the Canadian fliers that followed their spectacular success of
July 3 when they got 19 of the 21 German planes destroyed over Normandy
that day. The Canadians shot down 13 planes on June 30, and 26 on June
One aircraft was missing after the day’s operations by the Canadian
fighters, which culminated an active 24 hours for airmen of the R.C.A.F.
Canadian-manned Typhoon and Mustang fighter-bombers attacked bridges over
the Orne and broke up a road leading to that river, while Bomber and Coastal
Command crews also saw action, and intruders were out over France. Johnson's
kills today brought his score to three more than the mark set during the
Battle of Britain by Group Capt. A. G. (Sailor) Malan, who is not now
on active operations, and the late Paddy Finucane,
lost in action last year. Unofficially, Finucane was credited with 33
Three kills and several damaged, credited to R.C.A.F. airmen yesterday,
also were reported tonight. Flt. Lt. H. C. Trainor, Charlottetown, P.E.I.,
got two German planes southeast of Caen, and shared in the destruction
of a third with Sqdn. Ldr. G. D. Robertson
TRAINOR, S/L Hugh Charles, DFC (C1697) - Bar to DFC -
Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.
On many occasions recently, Squadron Leader Trainor has
led the squadron on a variety of sorties and has displayed excellent tactical
ability and great resolution. On one occasion a very superior number of
enemy fighters were engaged and eight of them were shot down, one of them
by Squadron Leader Trainor who displayed great skill and determination
throughout the fight. This officer has shot down at least nine enemy aircraft.
ALL-CANUCK FIGHTER WINGS IN BATTLE FOR BEST SCORES
Competition So Intense Airmen Beg For Another Crack at
London, July 12.—(CP Cable)—-Competition among all-Canadian
fighter wings operating from Normandy in support of the Allied invasion
reached such a pitch by to-day that pilots are plaguing operations officers
to have one more show "laid on" so they can top the score of
German planes downed by rival wings.
A summary of the operations of one Normandy-based fighter wing during
four weeks of the invasion period shows that 170 Nazi aircraft have been
shot out of the skies. This summary covers the period up to Monday, since
when poor weather in the bridgehead area has reduced tactical flights
to a minimum.
Since D-day Wing-Cmdr, J. E. (Johnny) Johnson, who holds the D.S.O. and
two bars, the D.F.C. and bar, and the American D.F.C., has skyrocketed
to new fame as Britain's leading ace with a score of 35 German aircraft
downed. Johnson, native of Nottingham, England, now heads a Canadian fighter
Downs 35th Victim
He downed his 35th enemy victim June 30 to top the record of 33 set up
by Group Capt. A. G. (Sailor) Malan, from South Africa, who now is on
ground duty. At the same time Johnson's wing went on to win a bet made
with the late Wing-Cmdr, Lloyd V. Chadburn, of Aurora, Ont., holder of
the D.S.O. and bar and the D.F.C., six weeks before D-day.
The two wing-commanders wagered that their respective wings would outscore
the other during the month after the invasion was launched. After Chadburn
lost his life over France in the early days of the invasion, the wager
was taken over by Squadron-Ldr. Walter Conrad, D.F.C. of Richmond, Ont.,
of the Red Indian Squadron.
Until Johnson's wing scored seven victories in one operation July 5 Chadburn's
wing, now led by Wing-Cmdr. R. A. Buckham, D.F.C., of Vancouver, was only
two behind. The latest available accounting showed Johnson's wing is in
the lead 47 to 40.
Others in Race
Meanwhile however, another Canadian-led wing under Wing-Cmdr. George Keefer,
of Charlottetown, although not included in the wager, is just as interested
in finishing at the top and in the last reckoning was tied with Johnson's
wing with 47 enemy planes destroyed.
Furthermore, Keefer's pilots claimed 23 enemy aircraft damaged against
11 by Johnson's wing. Flt.-Lieut. Charlie Trainor of Charlottetown, who
until June 28 was scoreless, entered the ace class by being credited with
7½ victories in the subsequent seven days. This was half a point
more than Johnson achieved during the first month of the invasion.
Other Canadian airmen who have achieved notable scores during that period
are: Flt.-Lieut Doug Lindsay, Arnprior, Ont.,
four; Squadron-Ldr. H. W. (Wally) McLeod,
D.F.C. and bar, Regina, four; Flt.-Lieut. W. T. (Bill) Klersy,
Toronto, four; Flt.-Lieut. Paul Johnson,
Bethel, Conn., four.
These scores brought Lindsay's total kills to six, McLeod's to 19, Klersy's
to five and Johnson's to five also. McLeod became Canada's leading operational
pilot with his score of 19.
The Normandy-based Empire fighter plane group to which these Canadian
wings are attached is commanded by Air Vice-Marshal Henry Broadhurst,
of the R.A.F. Total of 12,000 sorties were flown by British and Canadian
members of Air Vice-Marshal Broadhurst's group during the four weeks following
An all-Canadian Typhoon wing in the sector, commanded by Wing-Cmdr. Paul Davoud, D.S.O., D.F.C., of Kingston, Ont., has
achieved a high degree of precision in dive-bombing since assigned to
this role in Normandy. More than 8,000 rockets have been projected by
R.A.F. Typhoons from close range at enemy targets within the battle area
TRAINOR, S/L Hugh Charles, DFC (C1697) - Distinguished
Service Order - No.401 Sq.
Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.
Since being awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Flying
Cross, this officer has led the squadron on many sorties, during which
considerable success has been achieved. Within a period of three weeks
some 385 enemy vehicles have been put out of action, many of them by Squadron
Leader Trainor. In addition seventeen enemy aircraft were shot down, two
of them by this gallant and relentless fighter. Squadron Leader Trainor
displayed magnificent leadership, great determination and devotion to
FIGHTER PILOT PILES UP SCORE IN AIR BATTLES
Flt.-Lieut. George Johnson
Has Destroyed Four Enemy Planes, Damaged Several
Another Hamilton fighter pilot has achieved the enviable record of four
enemy planes destroyed and a score more damaged and probably destroyed.
He is Flt.-Lt. George W. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson,
102 Beechwood Avenue, who knocked down another Hun fighter over Normandy
battlefields yesterday. Flt.-Lt William Olmsted,
son of Major R. I. Olmsted, M.C., and Mrs. Olmsted, and Flt.-Lt. Jack
Bamford, D.F.C., share the record of four "certain kills” Flt.-Lt.
Bamford is now missing.
According to a Canadian Press dispatch from France, "three German
aircraft were destroyed over the battlefronts yesterday by Canadian Spitfire
pilots flying from Normandy bases. One fell to Flt.-Lt. R. R. Bouskill,
of Toronto; one to Flt,-Lt. R. H. Cull, of Alberta,
and one to Flt.-Lt. Johnson.
Now into his second tour of operations, Flt.-Lt. Johnson has scored at
least three of his kills since D-day.
According to today's dispatch from overseas, the Canadians are members
of a squadron commanded by Sqdn.-Ldr. Charlie Trainor, of Charlottetown,
and their victories raised to 92 since D-day the score of the wing led
by Wing Cmdr. Dal Russel, of Montreal. An individual
victory was marked up Wednesday by F.O. Terry Saunderson, of Dorval, Que.,
who forced a German pilot to bale out at 3,000 feet.
Eight Ontario Fliers In Latest Honor List
Ottawa, Oct. 5 (CP).—The RCAF tonight announced
the award of 26 decorations, including a Distinguished Service Order and
a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, to RCAF Personnel serving overseas.
The DSO was awarded Wing Cmdr. B. D. Russell, DFC; of Westmount, Que.,
after his squadrons obtained outstanding success under his leadership,
said the RCAF. The Bar to the DFC went to Sqdn Ldr. H. C. Trainor, Bedford,
P.E.I., reported missing Sept. 19, for outstanding leadership and fighting
qualities. The recipients:
Wing Cmdr. B. D. Russell, Westmount, Que.
Bar to DFC
Sqdn. Ldr. H. C. Trainor, Bedford, P.E.I.
Aerial victories as follows:
28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed and
- one Bf.109 destroyed;
29 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed;
30 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed.
1 July 1944, one Bf.109 probably destroyed, Caen;
4 July 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed near Caen plus
- 1/2 Do.217 destroyed (sh/w G.D. Robertson)
27 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Caen; [a]
31 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Domfort.
[a] Early that morning while the Rams were returning from a recce around Mezidon, Laigle and Falaise, they engaged in a serious dog-fight with about 15 Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs southeast of Caen. Seven 109s and one 190 were destroyed. One 109 by the squadron’s new C.O., Hugh Trainor, and the others by Halcrow, G. W. Johnson, McRae, Wyman, F/O G. A. Bell and P/O H. M. Havers. The 190 was destroyed by F/L A. E. Morrison.
Photographs are :
PL-28371 (standing by Spitfire wing),
PL-36581 (studio portrait) and
PL-44213 (with S/L G.U. Hill).
PEI native evaded capture the first time he was forced
to land behind German lines,
but was not so lucky the second time
Famous Aerial Fighter Freed
Ottawa, May 23 (CP)—The name of Sqdn. Ldr. Hugh
C. Trainor, 28, of Bedford, P.E.I., who as a fighter pilot and later as
commander of a Canadian squadron, won the DSO and DFC and Bar for distinguished
aerial operations after D-Day, was contained tonight in an RCAF list of
Canadian fliers liberated from prison camps.
A native of Charlottetown, Sqdn. Ldr. Trainor joined the RCAF in 1940
and was awarded the DFC in August, 1944, after shooting down five enemy
planes in a short period. By October he had nine planes and won the Bar
to the DFC.
He was reported missing and later as a prisoner late that year when he
was awarded the DSO for his leadership in command of a Canadian fighter
squadron which destroyed 385 enemy vehicles in three weeks.
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