I know where he was posted thanks to his service record.
First he was posted to No. 7 B&G School in Paulson, Manitoba.
Back in 2010, I was totally ignorant about Paulson, Manitoba even though I live in Canada. Totally ignorant about BCATP (British Commonwealth Air Training Plan) also. Totally ignorant about No. 7 B & G School.
I knew nothing also about Eugène Gagnon, a French-Canadian Mosquito pilot who was also posted there.
So I started writing a blog about that pilot. Marilyn found my blog about 23 Squadron where she left a comment.
Could anyone out there tell me if it is possible to find out names of pilots who flew the Mosquito and their squadrons? My father flew the Mosquito but I do not know what squadron he was in.
I had to help her putting my somewhat ignorant expertise to work and look for her father.
Patrick Maguire arrived in Paulson on December 10th, 1943. It’s must have been quite a shock for a Londoner arriving in Manitoba just before Christmas.
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, click here.
Patrick Maguire was there until May 4th, 1944 when he got his discharge papers still having good record marks.
Why did he get his discharge papers since the war was still raging on?
To be continued…