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31 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School (RAF) ( 22)

An Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) gave a trainee 50 hours of basic flying instruction on a simple trainer like the De Havilland Tiger Moth, Fleet Finch, or Fairchild Cornell over 8 weeks.Elementary schools were operated by civilian flying clubs under contract to the RCAF and most of the instructors were civilians. For example, No. 12 EFTS Goderich was run by the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Club and the County of Huron Flying Club.The next step for a pilot was the Service Flying Training School.

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  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.info - Relief Landing Field Shepard AB

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  • No. 31 Elementary Flying Training School was formed on 18 June 1941 and was located at De Winton, Alberta. No. 31 EFTS was originally under the control of the RAF as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan within No. 4 Training Command. The Toronto Flying Club also known as the Malton Flying Training School Limited, took over operations from the RAF on 13 July 1942. No. 31 EFTS was to have been disbanded on 25 August 1944 but under Organization Order No. 407, dated 13 July 1944, the date was amended to 25 September 1944.

    1941-06-18 Primary Location DeWinton AB Canada Currently location of DeWinton South Calgary Airport CEH4
    1941-06-18 Relief Field Shepard AB Canada Now part of SE Calgary
    1941-06-18 Relief Field Gladys AB Canada Aproximate location based on RCAF Aerodrome manual.

    Aircraftman 2nd Class
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1943‑12‑12
    Cornell ()
     
    Leading Aircraftman
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1943‑09‑01
    Cornell (15026)
     
    Flight Sergeant
    Died
    1942‑04‑01
     ()
    West Hampstead, London, England (parents)
    Sergeant
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1943‑09‑01
    Cornell (15026)
     
    Sergeant
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1943‑07‑13
    Cornell (14449)
     
    Flying Officer
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1942‑10‑25
    Moth, Tiger (4072)
    De Winton, Alberta
    Leading Aircraftman
    Accident
    1944‑04‑14
     ()
     
    Leading Aircraftman
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1943‑10‑25
    Cornell (14436)
     
    Sergeant
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1942‑09‑06
    Stearman (Kaydet) (FJ847)
     
    Matroos 1st Klasse
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1943‑12‑28
    Cornell (15025)
     
    Leading Aircraftman
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1944‑05‑13
    Cornell (FH863)
     
    Sergeant
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1943‑12‑28
    Cornell (15025)
     
    Pilot Officer
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1941‑09‑04
    Moth, Tiger (5112)
    Mundare, Alberta
    Flight Sergeant
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1943‑07‑13
    Cornell (14449)
     
    Pilot Officer
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1941‑09‑02
    Moth, Tiger (4247)
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    Leading Aircraftman
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1942‑12‑08
    Moth, Tiger (4200)
     
    Leading Aircraftman
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1942‑09‑06
    Stearman (Kaydet) (FJ847)
     
    Sergeant
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1944‑06‑02
    Cornell (FJ689)
     
    Leading Aircraftman
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1944‑06‑02
    Cornell (FJ689)
     
    Leading Aircraftman
    Died
    1942‑07‑13
     ()
     
    Leading Aircraftman
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1942‑12‑08
    Moth, Tiger (5826)
    Ashford, Middlesex UK
    Leading Aircraftman
    Killed in Flying Accident
    1942‑10‑05
    Stearman (Kaydet) (FJ809)
     

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