Susan had information and pictures about Flight Lieutenant Griff Rogers’ training in Canada.
Griff was stationed in Mount Hope, near Toronto.
This is what Susan writes about her grandfather’s training days.
Marjorie always said that the two events which frightened her most were the abdication and the fall of France. It soon became very obvious that the war was very real and would continue for some time. In spite of having pacifist principles Griff enlisted the Royal Air Force Volunteer reserve as an aircraftman 2nd class aircrafthand observer (1255177) on 1st July 1940. At first he was told he was too old to be a pilot but as soon as the age was raised, he asked to be trained to fly and attend the bombing and gunnery school in Canada from 20th May 1941 until 7th December 1941. They went over to Canada in the hold of a ship forming part of a convoy, and the effect of so many men suffering from sea sickness in crowded conditions, and the fact that the convoy was several times under attack made it seem like real hell. He spent the time writing six page letters to Marjorie every day. She ended up with a suitcase full of them. They were all destroyed when she married again years later, much to my sorrow, but she said that the letters were very personal to her and she wouldn’t want anyone else to read them.
Here are some pictures of Griffs’ training days…
Halifax, June 1941
train en route to Toronto
Toronto, August 15, 1941
lunch in Toronto
barrack at Mount Hope
control tower and hangars Mount Hope
no. 3 hangar Mount Hope
lecture room Mount Hope
Mount Hope, July 1941
Griff Rogers in an Anson
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