Sometimes we never find out why.
Why did Patrick Maguire got his discharge papers since the war was still raging on? Did he want to become a pilot.
I know where he was posted in Canada.
First he was posted to No. 7 B&G School in Paulson, Manitoba.
Patrick Maguire arrived in Paulson on December 10th, 1943.
No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School was a training base for bomb aimers and air gunners. Patrick Maguire trained there as an air bomber or bomb aimer.
He had a very good character and got an A in proficiency. Patrick Maguire was then transfered to No. 7 A.O.S. in Portage La Prairie on March 25th, 1944.
No. 7 A.O.S, was an Air Observer School.
To learn more about No. 7 A.O.S, you can click here.
Patrick Maguire was there until May 4th, 1944 when he got his discharge papers still having good record marks.
What does his service record show after that?
He is struck of strength from No. 7 A.O.S. on May 5th, 1944 and he is taken on strength at 7 P.R.E. on the 25th of May. He most probably left Canada by a ship leaving Halifax. His record shows he is still an air bomber on appointment. From 7 P.R.E. he went to No.9 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit which was based at RAF Penrhos. He arrived there on September 5th, 1944.
RAF Penrhos was operational from 1 February 1937 to 21 October 1946 for armament training, air observer, bombing and gunnery schools (Wikipedia).
That’s not a pilot training school.
From there he went to 14 O.T.U. on January 23rd, 1945.
What about 14 O.T.U.?
To be continued…