[Empire Air Training Scheme personnel on leave Edmonton Canada 1943]

Accession Number F04630
Collection type Film
Measurement 2 min 29 sec
Object type Home movie
Physical description 16mm/colour (Kodachrome)/silent
Place made Canada
Date made February 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright unknown


Opening scene shows four Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) Leading Aircraftmen in front of Mr & Mrs Wize's home at 9918 115th Street Edmonton Alberta Canada. The airmen were stationed at No. 3 Manning Depot Edmonton awaiting posting to a Service Flying Training School (SFTS). All were posted to No. 15 SFTS at Claresholm, Alberta and there graduated as pilots. Identified from right to left are Leading Aircraftmen (LAC) 422756 John Robert (Bob) Thomas, 423935 Keith Felgate Titley, 422720 Fredrick Veitch (Fred) Robinson and 422783 Edward George (Ted) Wicky. Each of the four airmen are seen separately. LAC John Thomas, later Flight Lieutenant (Flt/Lieut) flew Liberator heavy bombers with No. 354 Sqn RAF from Cuttack India. LAC Keith Titley later Flight Officer (F/O) Titley flew Hudsons, Venturas and Baltimores with No. 459 Sqn RAAF. LAC Edward Wicky later Pilot Officer (P/O) Wicky DFC, with No. 464 Sqn RAAF was killed on 4 February 1945 when his Mosquito aircraft hit a church steeple in bad weather. LAC Fredrick Robinson later F/O DFM flew Sunderlands with No. 461 Squadron RAAF from Pembroke Dock, South Wales. Also shown are other airmen from Canada and Keith Norris a New Zealander. Various scenes of the men skiing on the golf course adjacent to the Wize's house. [adapted from Mr Robinson's scene list]