Patrick Maguire Where Are You? Part 4

Sometimes you may never find out about something, but at least you have got to try.

I wrote several articles about Patrick Maguire. His daughter wanted my help to find more about her father who once said he flew on Mosquitos.

I did not get any more information about this.

This is what his daughter sent me yesterday: this message with two pictures.

Hello Pierre
I forgot that I had these two pieces of .  Could you tell me anything about them? I was told that my father Patrick Maguire had these made for my mother after the war.

I told her I was going to post them on the blog.

Click on the images to zoom in.

Any idea?

Please contact me.

About the last post I wrote…

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.

Patrick Maguire training in Canada

First he was posted to No. 7 B&G School in Paulson, Manitoba.

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.

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, 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?

Patrick Maguire posting datesHe 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.

14 O.T.U. was formed in April 1940 as part of No. 6 Group RAF Bomber Command at RAF Cottesmore to train night bomber crews. It was disbanded on the 24 June 1945 (Wikipedia).

What about 14 O.T.U.?

To be continued…?


One thought on “Patrick Maguire Where Are You? Part 4

  1. I hope Patrick’s daughter finds some answers, I know how helpless I felt when I first found out my father’s records were up in smoke at the St. Louis fire.

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