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    The father of a work colleague was a pilot and the only information that we have is that he was based on/ flew from Pugh Island (Northern Canada) in 1945.
    Does any one know why an RAF pilot would be there, one thought is that Pugh Island was a staging post for aircraft from the USA to the UK?

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    Pugh Island is in the bay leading into the harbour at Iqaluit, which was known as Frobisher Bay up until about 1987. There was a US built and operated airbase at Frobisher Bay, used for ferry flights to and from Europe, from about 1942 up to the early 1960s. The RCAF Photographic Flight and 13 (P) Squadron, both out of Rockcliffe, were regular visitors there during the war, to carry out photo surveys and produce maps for the ferry pilots. The use of "Pugh Island", rather than Frobisher Bay, makes me wonder if your pilot was operating a float plane or flying boat.

    Forgot to mention, both the Photo Flight and 13 Squadron used Norsemen (Norsemans?) on floats, and Geese (Gooses?). It is possible that an RAF exchange pilot could have served with either unit.
    Last edited by Bill Walker; 18th June 2008 at 18:51. Reason: Added second para.

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