Patrick Maguire Where Are You? Part 2

I know where he was posted thanks to his service record.

In Canada! 

Patrick Maguire training in Canada

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.

Paulson Manitoba

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.

Patrick Maguire training in Canada Patrick Maguire UT Air Bomber

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.

Patrick Maguire Portage La Prairie

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…

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  1. About BCATP

    Transcript
    What was one of the greatest unifying events in Canadian history during the Second World War?

    It’s 1939. A momentous agreement, known as the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, is signed between the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada to rapidly increase the Allies’ air combat resources.

    Canada is chosen as “The Plan’s” primary site because of its ample supplies of fuel and industrial facilities, its wide-open spaces and the unlikelihood of an enemy attack.

    During its five-year execution, the Plan exceeds all expectations with the training of more than 130,000 aircrew and some 44,000 ground crew including 17,000 women. Of all the newly trained pilots, half are Canadian.

    It’s a life-altering event for 231 training sites, across Canada, which are invaded with the constant drone of aircraft, and men and women from all over the country and the commonwealth. They all come together, bound under one purpose…to defeat the Germans in the skies.

    Sir Winston Churchill would later refer to the Plan as Canada’s greatest contribution to the Allies’ victory.

    To know more about the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan go to History Matters at virtualmusem.ca.

    And tell us why this history matters to you?

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