No 1 Technical Training School, RCAF, St Thomas Ontario

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No 1 Technical Training School, RCAF, St Thomas Ontario

Post by Temujin » Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:20 pm

Recently when visiting relatives, I was shown a photograph of Airmen who were attending No 1 TTS in St Thomas. This photo is marked “Drill Squadron, Jun 1943, 1 Squadron TTS, 1 Wing, RCAF St Thomas. It is an “unusual photo” as on the BACK, the photo is signed by every member of the photo and where they were from.

In order to share this info wider, I have include a digital copy of the photo, and the back signatures
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And below is a photo of No 1 TTS
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At the beginning of the war, the R.C.A.F. had fewer than 1500 fully trained tradesmen and facilities were needed to train the large numbers of recruits. The No.1 Technical Training School in St. Thomas, Ontario was established in 1939 and was the only facility of its kind in Ontario during the war. It became the main source of ground crew, some fifty thousand in all, who were trained for active wartime service. A large proportion of these trained crews were sent to work at other British Commonwealth Air Training Plan fields.

The No. 1 Technical Training School was located at the Ontario Psychiatric Hospital complex in St. Thomas and was equipped to handle more than 2000 students at a time. They offered six-month courses for aircraft electricians and aero-engineers, airframe and instrument mechanics and specialized training for fabric and sheet metal workers. When the war ended in 1945 the school was closed and the complex returned to the Ontario Department of Health.
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Re: No 1 Technical Training School, RCAF, St Thomas Ontario

Post by Temujin » Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:32 pm

The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
15 Apr 1940, Mon • Page 12
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Re: No 1 Technical Training School, RCAF, St Thomas Ontario

Post by Phil » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:23 am

Transcribed as best I could, many errors, but may help researchers find this page if searching for these men.
Front Row

1. J G Dickie, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2. F. Phiorit, Montreal, Quebec
3. "Walt" Schnitter, Montreal, Quebec
4. W. E. Craig, St. Thomas, Ontario
5. Melvin Walters, Montreal, Quebec
6. Phil Wallace, Welland, Ontario
7. George W. Thompson, Sault Ste Marie, Ont.
8. Cpl. Seymour, Saskatoon, Sask.
9. Peter Perchaluk, Kitchener, Ont.
10. K. L. Newton, Toronto, Ontario
11. B. Gracie, Toronto, Ontario
12. A. J. Tremy, Toronto, Ontario
13. W ?fall, Toronto, Ontario
14. Jack Craig, St. Thomas, Ontario
15. Jack Entwistle, Toronto, Ontario

Back Row

1. Les Dean, Black Diamond, Alberta
2. Al Dyke, Unionville, Ontario
3. L. C. Kocher, Vancouver, B.C.
4. Ernie Godfrey, Coldwater, Ontario
5. E. Shuh, Kitchener, Ontario
6. G. F. Taylor, Toronto, Ontario
7. R. J. Robertson, Saskatoon, Sask.
8. J. C. MacFraggan, Blackville, N.B.
9. M. Fraiser, Ottawa, Ontario
10. Robert Williamson, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
11. J. Worf?, Forest, Ontario
12. R. Thomson, Brantford, Ontario
13. H. A. Johnson, Toronto, Ontario
14. H. R. Dalton, Windsor, Ontario
15. S. Bowern, Brandon, Manitoiba

Drill Squad
June 1943

1 Squadron, 1 Wing

T.T.S.
R.C.A.F.

St. Thomas
Ontario

EDIT: Excellent Phil.....I’ve done a few “edits” from what I read??
Phil

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