Eugène Gagnon had some of his pilot training in Dunnville, Ontario.
He got his wings there on April 24, 1942. Then he moved to Paulson, Manitoba to become a Staff Pilot.
Brief History of No. 6 SFTS
The Dunnville flying school, No. 6 SFTS, opened on November 25th 1940; one of the 28 Service Flying Training Schools constructed in Canada under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
The base had five hangers, three double runways, 50 H-huts, a drill hall, canteen, fire hall and other buildings.
Students attending the school had previously completed an eight week elementary course at a Flying Training School. After an additional 12 – 16 weeks at Dunnville, they would earn their wings.
The first group of 50 graduates received their wings on February 10th 1941. While the base was in operation it graduated a total of 2436 pilots. Students came from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Canada and the United States.
By January of 1942 personnel at the station included 87 officers, 1027 airmen and 52 civilians. Training aircraft included 46 Yales and 49 Harvards. You can imagine what a busy place the base was. During four years of operation there were 47 casualties, with six Yales and 26 Harvards destroyed in accidents.
The station was officially closed on December 1st 1944. It was maintained for several years and eventually sold to be operated as a turkey farm. In 1998 the station was bought by three local businessmen.
I found on the Internet that the cadets were flying Yale and Harvard.
Next time, we go to Paulson, Manitoba.