Returning to the towing of Hadrian FR579 by Dakota FD900 from Montreal to Prestwick over June 23 to July 1, 1943, I’ve now received the RAFFC aircrew assignment cards for five of the six airmen involved, as follows:

Dakota tow aircraft FD794 (training) and FD900 (ferry flight): Pilots Flt Lt William Sydney Longhurst and Flt Lt Charles William Halliwell Thomson and, for the ferry flight only, radio operator Harold Gordon Wightman. Cards for flight engineer Plt Off R.H. Wormington could not be located.

Hadrian FR579 'Voo-Doo': Wg Cdr Richard Godfrey Seys and Sqn Ldr Fowler Morgan Gobeil, RCAF.

Strangely, there is no reference on Sqn Ldr Gobeil’s cards to him being involved in the training flights or the towed ferry flight to Prestwick. However, an article he contributed to the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal in 1976 and various other accounts and references leave no doubt he was the co-pilot of the Hadrian.

According to his assignment cards, Wg Cdr Seys undertook ‘Special Duties Glider Training’ in Hadrian FR579 with Wg Cdr Longhurst and crew aboard Dakota FD794 on April 22, 1943, flying from Montreal to North Bay, Ontario, and return.

The same combination subsequently departed Montreal for Stephenville, Newfoundland, on June 27, leaving for Goose Bay the following day. A local flight at Goose Bay followed on April 28 with a return leg to Montreal on April 29.

Seeking over-water experience, and perhaps combined with a degree of flag-waving, they departed Montreal on May 4, 1943, for a round-robin flight that took in Atlanta, Georgia, Nassau in the Bahamas, Richmond, Virginia, Washington and Newark, New Jersey, before returning to Montreal on May 9.

Seys then flew Dakota FD862 to Iceland and back prior to Hadrian FR579 ‘Voo-Doo’ and Dakota FD900 departing Montreal on June 23 at the start of the ferry flight to Prestwick, as documented in post #38.

There’s an interesting article here which fills in more details, notably about challenges faced during the ferry flight itself: https://ingeniumcanada.org/channel/a...s#author-block

Robert