Eugène Gagnon DFC 1941-1945 RCAF: part VIII

Jacques Gagnon had many pictures of his uncle in uniform but he could not figure out what it was all about. Since Archives Canada sent me his service record, I knew where these pictures were taken. 

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Collection Jacques Gagnon

I knew what it was all about having researched all of Eugène Gagnon’s military service with the Royal Canadian Air Force. After he got his wings he was posted to Paulson, Manitoba with No. 7 B&G training school.

Collection Jacques Gagnon

He was a staff pilot.

His application in November 1945 to stay as a pilot with the RCAF told which planes he flew.

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Being a staff pilot was not what Eugene wanted. Although an essential part of the BCATP (British Commonwealth Air Training Plan) most staff pilots and instructors were eager to go overseas.

Eugene got his wish and was SOS (Struck of Strength) on September 28, 1943 and arrived in Halifax on the 29th. He arrived in England on November 22, 1943.

He was TOS (Taken on Strength) at No 3 PRC Bournemouth.

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