This picture takes us back in time.
Theo wrote 1947, but the date is 1941.
Theo set foot in Toronto as part of No. 5 I.T.W.
I had to find the meaning of No. 5 I.T.W.
No. 5 I.T.W. is No. 5 Initial Training Wing. So I guess Theo was going to Americus, Georgia for his initial training as a pilot.
Rich sent me some postcards from that period that Theo had kept as mementoes.
Rich thinks they were for Theo’s wife, but they were never sent since there are no written messages at all.
Rich also sent part of Theo’s training logbook for February and March 1942.
This is the plane he was training on.
Theo’s grandson added this comment…
Theo never really liked to talk about the war but it was always a family story that he went to Canada before crossing over into the USA on foot for his training as at that time the USA was not involved in the war and so they had to do their training in secret.