No.3 Air Observer Course, about 1940-1945
Photographer: J. Gordon Henderson ( http://digital.huroncounty.ca/about-the-collection/j-gordon-henderson ) ..Description: .Black and white image of No.3 Air Observer Course at No. 31 Air Navigation School in Port Albert. There are two rows of men in uniform. The back row is standing and the front row is sitting on chairs inside. In three copies of the photograph the men are identified. In two copies, the names appear across their chests, in another copy the names are written in a diagonal on the top and bottom of the picture, No 3 Air Observer Course is also written on the bottom in blue ink. In the negative and five copies of the photographs the names of the men do not appear. 'Henderson Studio Photo No 9' appears in the bottom right hand corner of all the photographs and the negative. Back Row (L to R): Cafferty, Pullen, Folkard, Drew, Lodge, Bayliss, Dodwell, Lilly, Porter, Rundell Front Row (L to R): Bord, Addinsell, Salter, Sims, Voyzley, Smith, Poll, Goodall, Jackson, Cullen Original negative (labelled a) accompanied by 8 black and white photographs with different exposures (labelled b - i). The photographs and negative were kept in a black envelope with '854 RAF Port Albert No. 9 No. 3 Air Observer Course' written in blue ink on a white label. ..Object ID : A992.0003.098..View this item in the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol's collections database. ( http://digital.huroncounty.ca/objects/A992.0003.098/A992.0003.098a ) ..Order a higher-quality version of this item (fee applies). ( http://digital.huroncounty.ca/reproductions/order/A992.0003.098a )
During World War II, Goderich Airport hosted No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, providing initial pilot training for aircrews using the Fleet Finch.No. 12 EFTS opened on October 14, 1940 and closed on July 14, 1944.