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McKay, Ross (Aircraftman 2nd Class)

Died 1943-September-20

Birth Date: 1924-July-02 (age 19)

Son of Donald J. McKay and Ida Levona McKay, of Guelph, Ontario.

Home: Guelph, Ontario

1 MD- Manning Depot
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aircraftman 2nd Class
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Air Gunner trainee
Service Numbers
1 Manning Depot, Toronto, Ontario. Death by natural causes while in the Riverdale Isolation Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Google Map Woodlawn Memorial Park, Canada
Sec 18 Block U Lot 13 Grave 1

1 MD- Manning Depot (1 Manning Depot)

Trainees began their military careers at a Manning Depot where they learned to bathe, shave, shine boots, polish buttons, maintain their uniforms, and otherwise behave in the required manner. There were two hours of physical education every day and instruction in marching, rifle drill, foot drill, saluting, and other routines.

Remedial high school education was offered to bring 17- and 18-year-old trainees up to the RCAF academic level. There was also a standard aptitude test: the RCAF Classification Test. After four or five weeks, a selection committee decided whether the trainee would be placed in the aircrew or groundcrew stream. Aircrew "Wireless Air Gunner" candidates went directly to a Wireless School. "Air Observer" and "Pilot" aircrew candidates went to an Initial Training School.

Trainees were often assigned "tarmac duty" to keep busy. Some were sent to factories to count nuts and bolts; others were sent to flying schools and other RCAF facilities to guard things, clean things, paint things, and polish things. Tarmac duty could last several months or more.

More information on the RCAF Station at Toronto can be found at

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Manning Depot Toronto ON

  • General 3 BCATP History Blog

  • 1941-01-01 Primary Location Toronto Canada Now Home to Exhibition Place

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