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    Default Reference for RCAF Patricia Bay / 13 (OT) Squadron?

    I am researching Danish F/O Sundby who were pilot instructor at No. 13 (Operational Training) Squadron from April 41 to Feb 42. I wondered if there are any good reference on RCAF activities at this station during this period.

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    Hi Mikkel,

    No.13 Squadron formed as the Seaplane and Bomber Reconnaissance Training School at Sea Island (Vancouver), British Columbia on 1 May 1940. When it was decided to include landplane training in its functions the school was redesignated the Operational Training Squadron on 13 July, and No 13 (Operational Training) Squadron on 30 July. On 29 June 1942, landplane training was discontinued, and the squadron concentrated on training of flying boat crews. It was disbanded at Patricia Bay (Vancouver), British Columbia on 9 November 1942.

    Higher Formation and Squadron Locations:

    Western Air Command
    Sea Island - 1 May 40 - 29 Oct 40
    Patricia Bay - 1 Nov 40 - 9 Nov 42.

    See:
    RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft
    Kostenuk,S & J Griffin
    Toronto:A M Halkert Ltd.,1977
    p.36

    Col.
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    The Squadron Diary for this unit should be available on microfilm from Library and Archives Canada. Dakota (Chris C.) should be able to give us the reel number.

    It should be noted that after the Squadron disbanded the equipment and personal became No. 3 (BR) OTU which continued to train crews until August 1945. Also, Patricia Bay was not at Vancouver, it was on Vancouver Island and today it is Victoria International Airport.
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    Here is what I find:

    No. 13 Operational Training Squadron
    RG24-E-7 Volume 22615

    Not available on microfilm.

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    Thank you, Col, Bill and Danny.

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    Default No. 13 (OT) Squadron

    G'day


    RG 24, Microfilm Reel Number C-12, 242 covers the unit from February 1940 through to October 1942 while at Vancouver, British Columbia

    Cheers...Chris

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    G'day

    I forgot to include Pat Bay as one of the locations the unit operated at.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Thank you, Chris. Mikkel
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