McGregor, Pentland,& Pilots
Canada's Fighting Airmen Get Rapid Promotion in Field ' Wing Commander G. R. McGregor , - Is Pleased With Showing of Group - 7r. this war of swift action, Canada's young fighting airmen are finding themselves seasoned veterans after only a few months of oper- ational service. And rapid promotion -in the field has been the result One of the first Royal Canadian Air Force Fighter Squadrons to go overseas was major operational training ground for graduates of ' the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and it has made a very substantia contribution in leaders to other R.CAF. squadrons. - Those who have recently gained promotions include Flight Lieutenant. Bob Morrow, of Toronto, who became a Squadron Leader and 'took over command of a squadron during the visit to Canada of SquaS-r-n Leader Vaughan Corbett, of Montreal. Flying Officer Norman Bret, of Toronto, was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and took over Morrow's - flight Red-headed "Brad" Walker, of Toronto, has been promoted to Flight Lieutenant with Ottawa Boy Promoted. Flying Officer F. B. "Brad" Foster. Montreal, and W." H. "BUT Pentland. Calgary, have received an additional' stripe, and are now in command of flights of - a new E. C A. F. Spitfire squadron in process of formation. Both are veil known athletes, Foster a hoc-keyist jPentland a former Alberta badminton champion, . Flight Lieutenant C T. -Chuck" Can trill, of Ottawa, : ' has been a flight commander . for some time. So has Flight ' Lien tenant L V. Chadbarn, of Aurora. Ont, who was one of the better pilots with the original No. 2 Canadian Fighter Squadron, and is now in an , &. A. F. squadron. 4 Special recognition has been accorded Pilot Officers Dave Ramsay. - Calgary, and James E. Walker. Edmonton. They were among those selected to go to Russia during the Summer with the R. A. F. wing. Commissions in the field have also gone to sergeant pilots, with the likelihood of more to follow. Sgt. N. B. "Brownie" Trask, of Yarmouth, N.S., now a pilot officer, is notable among them. "No one is more pleased with the showing of that group of ; graduate from - the B.CAT.P. than Wing Commander G. R. McGregor, ,DJC of Montreal and Ottawa, who was the original officer commanding the No. 2 Canadian Fighter Squadron,, which has long since lost its identity through renumbering. Lauds Showing of Boys. "They had the rather unique experience of obtaining their- operational training right with - the squadron, and did not go through the usual routine of proceeding to aa Operational Training Unit on The "DUSTBANE" Way r is the Better Way SANDING .. FLUSHING .. WAXING .. CBUBBINQ rLVI SUING , v FOB noons. ' i PHONE 2-5751 199ft Bank Street. - C. Z. PICKEBING, Pratidtat AIR RAID VARHIHGl another squadron. ) 1 FLIGHT LIEUT. "CHOCK" CANTWLL, who is now stationed in the Middle East arrival in England", said Wing Commander McGregor. - "Those boys showed their worth from the outset There are many of their stamp coming along, too", he added. "When they arrived in England they hadn't flown for six weeks, and there was .no prospect of dual training to act as a refresher. They stepped from their Harvard trainers In Canada to our Hurricanes. We had well experienced fighter pilots as a nucleus in breaking them in, and they responded wonderfully, tak ing a comparatively short time to be groomed for operations. "They had bad weather to con tend with- too", he continued. They got lost at times, but al ways found a way out That group was a tribute to the training plan back home. Their success in ad vancement Is highly ..encouraging to others who are coming along, Wing Commander McGregor now Director of Air Staff at R.C. A.F. Headauarters , Overseas, re. linquished command to Squadron Leader Vaughan Corbett, who, with Squadron Leader Ed Reyno, of Nova Scotia, was an original flight commander, r , . -'. Squadron Leader Morrow, typi cal of the daring, capable fighter pilots to be found in the R.C.AX became a flight commander last Spring, and has always shown in stinctive leadership and outstand tag ability under fire. wing Commander McGregor pays tribute to Flight Lieutenant Don Patterson, ' Montreal bond salesman, who as - adjutant hat done a splendid job, not only in administrative capacity, but also in building up a fine spirit within the squadron.