S/L David L. (“Bud”) Quinn, CD

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S/L David L. (“Bud”) Quinn, CD

Armament Officer in Charge of Gunnery
No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School, Paulson, Manitoba
June 1941 to July 30, 1942

My father (above) probably knew both P/O Gagnon and LAC Norm Pringle.

Thanks to your blog, I have discovered more about my father’s wartime service. After transferring from the militia (7th Toronto Field Artillery), he joined the RCAF in 1934, starting over at the bottom as an LAC. He was an original member of what was then No. 10 Sqn (later 110 and ultimately 400 Sqn.) when it first formed up. He had risen to the rank of F/Sgt by the time of the declaration of war and was commissioned shortly after. He served throughout the war, managing to find a way to get his pilot’s wings and an overseas posting, and served with RAF 2nd TAF HQ in Europe. As a permanent force member, he stayed in the RCAF after the war and retired as a Sqn.Ldr in 1962.

I always knew he had served as a bombing and gunnery instructor in Manitoba during the first part of the war, and names like Paulson and Jarvis had sometimes been mentioned, but I had no details. As an air force brat growing up on RCAF stations throughout eastern Canada, I have always maintained an interest in the history of the service and my father’s service in particular. I cannot ask him, as he passed away in May 1993 at the age of 80. I was both shocked and pleasantly surprised to find his name and picture in one of the documents on your blog.

The post on your blog from March 30, 2010 contains a link to copies of the Paulson Post. In Vol 1, No. 1, from Sept. 1942, there is a brief article on my father, then a Flight Lieutenant, on page 15. I have now learned that he was probably a key player in establishing the air gunnery sections at B&G Schools no. 2, 3, 5 and 7 in Mossbank, MacDonald, Dafoe and finally Paulson. Based on the opening dates of each of those schools I have an idea of when he was at each and definite knowledge of his time at Paulson. It also tells me the date of his initial commission and the date of his promotion to F/L and when he was posted to AFHQ in Ottawa.

This was a very pleasant surprise for both myself and my two brothers.

Thank you for the time and effort you have put into this wonderful resource. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

I will try my best to answer them.

Per Ardua ad Astra!

Bob Quinn
Mississauga, Ontario

As a footnote to this…

Paulson Post, September 1942, page 15…

S/L David L. (“Bud”) Quinn, CD

One of the reasons I write this blog…

Comments from my readers like this one…

A few years ago, but I remember sneaking into the base to watch the wings parade ceremonies. I was the only kid ever to have the opportunity to get past the guardhouse and see what went on during those times. I got in with the help of a couple of meteorologists who lived at my parents farm house just across the road from the guardhouse. I had to keep out of sight of the brass but I had a good view from the window of a small office on the third floor of the control tower. It was during one of the last graduation ceremonies that I had the privilege to see a Lancaster bomber up close. Just before the parade, it landed and taxied up right in front of the tower. After the group got their wings, a few of them collected their kit bags, got on-board the Lanc and took off for an undisclosed destination. I was probably about six years old and the sight and sound of that monstrous thing with four thundering engines and guns pointing right at me was a truly awesome experience. Every time I see the Lancaster in the War Plane Museum at Mount Hope, it brings back that memory.

Spitfire pilots

I have another blog on WWII. It’s about RCAF No. 403 Squadron.

The grandson of one of the pilots has been scanning his grandfather’s logbook and photo album

As I like to say, he scans and I write.

86 articles since September 2011.

All this to pay homage to RCAF No. 403 pilots.

These are three articles I wrote last week to pay homage to some pilots who never returned home.

Greg sent me these pictures yesterday. I will post them on my other blog soon.

I just want to share them with you this morning. 

Collection Walter Neil Dove

Some pilots came back… like Walter Dove, Tommy Todd, Doug Orr, and Reg Morris.


Walter Dove

Collection Walter Neil Dove

Walter Dove and Tommy Todd

Collection Walter Neil Dove

Tommy Todd

Collection Walter Neil Dove

Doug Orr

Collection Walter Neil Dove

Reg Morris

Collection Walter Neil Dove

But some died.

Click here for the first article, then here for the second and here for the third.

Lest we forget.

Digital Heritage Alberta

A must see Website.

Click here.

Then click on the screen, then on Pilots to view Knights with Wings.

Click on the image to go to the BCATP page

Sometimes it does not work all the time because this is a site using Flash Player, so be patient. Also try to use either Firefox or Internet Explorer. Google Chrome seems not to work all the time.

But there is a whole lot more on this site.

Captains of the Clouds

Eugene Gagnon was one of them…

Back in 1941.

Captains of the Clouds was a movie made in 1941.

Click here for more information.

In this photograph, Eugene stands besides a Harvard.

Look at the first numbers… 25.

Now look at this movie still taken from the movie.

 Eugene went to No. 6 SFTS Dunnville after where he got his wings as you can see on his service record.

So this photograph has to have been taken at Uplands.

The Magnificent Seven

At first I believed that the next picture was taken in autumn 1941 at No. 6 SFTS Dunnville, Ontario.

That’s what I believed looking at the Irvin jackets and the planes in the background.

But I was not sure…

I first believed this because there were no information about when and where this picture was taken.

This picture might seems to ordinary people an ordinary photograph of ordinary airmen posing for an ordinary photographer.


It’s not.

Someone’s father is there and she was trying to find out where her Dad was and when he was there.

So I started looking.

Flight Lieutenant James Evans Jenkins, who later was posted in the Middle East and later in England flying Hawker Typhoon, was stationed at Dunnville in 1941, so I figured he was there.

But there was something what was bugging me.

The planes in the background were Tiger Moths.

No. 6 SFTS Dunnville was flying Yales and Harvards.

I now believe we have seven New-Zealanders recruits training in 1941 at No. 3 Harewood in New-Zeland.

Part of the story is already here on this blog.

I tried to find more about New-Zealanders who were pilots in WWII to see if I could fine the rest of the Magnificent Seven.

This is what I found on Wikipedia.

I think we are missing someone and six others New-Zealanders.

To be continued…

Dunnville, Ontario

I don’t travel much, but when I do, I take a lot of pictures.

And I mean a lot…

These pictures where taken in September 2011 when I went to visit Cricket 34 in Hamilton.

Cricket 34 is George Stewart.

Cricket 34 is George Stewart’s call sign.

I met George because Peter Smith met him in 2010 and said I had to meet him someday.

That day came in September 2011.

I don’t have a picture of George and me… only five and a half hours of pure selfish pleasure talking to him in his living room.

On another note, I never met Flight Lieutenant Jenkins’ daughter personally.

We know each other by each other’s blogs.

You see Flight Lieutenant Tommy Smith, Peter Smith’s father, knews Flight Lieutenant Eugene Gagnon and Flight Lieutenant George Stewart.

The three were No. 23 Squadron pilots.

Flight Lieutenant Jenkins was not a No. 23 Squadron pilot, but he got some his training in Dunnville, Ontario where Eugene Gagnon got his wings in April 1942.

I don’t believe Eugene ever met this New-Zealander airman in Dunnville.

If he did, that would really make my day.

Maybe they ate at the same table but at a different time.

Maybe they flew the sameTiger Moth but at a different time.

We will never know.

But we can find out more about some of Flight Lieutenant Jenkins’ friends at No. 6 STSF Dunnville, Ontario. I have a picture to show you.

See you next time.