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    Default 4AOS, London, Ontatrio

    Could someone please tell me how far 4AOS was located from the town of London, and in what direction?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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    Default Downtown Crumlin, Ontario

    Hi Errol,

    The school was located in Crumlin, which is 9.2km east of London's city centre (179km or about 2 hours west of Toronto). It is now London International Airport.

    http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=London,+Ontario&daddr=Cr umlin,+Ontario&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=43.018203 ,-81.147766&sspn=0.347907,0.461426&ie=UTF8&ll=43.005 651,-81.165276&spn=0.090008,0.115356&z=13
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    Thanks David, appreciated.

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    A bit more background, from a Londoner and former worker at London Airport.

    Crumlin was a very small farming village that grew quickly around the airport, built just north of the village in the late 1930s as part of the Trans Canada chain of airports. There is still a small "downtown" area at the corner of Dundas Street and Crumlin Sideroad, but the city has pretty much grown up around the town.

    From talking to locals, there was regular bus and train service from the RCAF station to downtown London during the war, passing through the Army base at Wolseley Barracks. From photos, you had to pass through the country side to get from London to Wolseley Barracks, and again to get to Crumlin back then. Today it is all city. In good traffic, I can drive today from downtown London to the airport in just under 15 minutes. At the peak of what the locals call "rush hour", it takes about 20 minutes.

    London seems to have been the cultural hotspot back then. In reading about the many Schools in south west Ontario at the time, you regularly see people talking about taking a train for an evening or weekend in London from Crumlin (3 EFTS and 4 AOS), Fingal (4 B&GS), St. Thomas (tech school), Goderich (12 EFTS), Centralia (9 SFTS), Aylmer (14 SFTS and 1 FES), Clinton (31 RDFS) and Port Albert (31 ANS).

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    Bill,

    I've a copy of a contemporary account written by one who was there (and later at Fingal) for air observer training in mid-1941, so it is useful to have this additional background info.

    Errol

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    Errol

    Fingal is now local parkland, have hiked the trails there many times, the ruins from the former airfield buildings and also sections of the old runway are also evident.

    Centralia and St. Thomas are also active airfields, I believe the triangular runway systems are still in working order at both these airfields.

    Eric

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