This is from Joe of joeflyingforyourlife…
No. 6 Course 58 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit) Grangemouth (UK), 12 May to 23 June 1941.
The man identified as “Bishop” is NOT Arthur, son of Billy Bishop. I’m 100% sure.
Looks nothing like him and he was not in the RCAF yet at that time
Back row 4th from the left is Johnny Plagis from Rhodesia. 100%
Back row 4th from the right is F. H. Belcher of Roblin, Manitoba. 100%
Middle row far left is Mike Sharun of Alberta. 100%
Middle row 3rd from right is probably Tom Holden, later with 411 squadron
Smith, McNair & Charlesworth I can confirm.
That’s all I know …
I think I’m done for the day,
This is the original post I wrote in November.
I was too excited and I posted this on the wrong blog!
Proceed with your reading anyway…
Bruce McNair just sent this.
With this personal message…
I won’t tax you with mon francais fracturé here, so relax! As you have been chatting about Rod and my Dad on your blog , I thought you might be i interested in this photo. This was taken on graduation, Course Number 6. They now knew how to fly! The names are set out and I have blown up the relevant part, showing Rod on the left and Dad on the right. It was all ahead of them- war, madness, scrambles, ramrods, heart-ache and ultimately, victory. Most didn’t make it to 1945. Dad lived until 1971, Rod until 2002.
Just a picture?