David J. Carter.
Photo credit: Harold
Bennett, Ely, UK.
As featured on History Television in
interview between Ann Medina and David Carter...
The unique story of the Royal Air Force Station #34 Service
School Medicine Hat 1941 - 1944. This base operated under both the British
Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) and the Empire Training Plan.
PRAIRIE WINGS - A special, limited edition is published by Eagle Butte Press
Ltd. 11" x 8" coffee table style book, with double columns, and 200
"PRAIRIE WINGS-RAF 34 Service
Flying Training School Medicine Hat 1941-44. David J. Carter. A well
produced, landscape format book on the life and times of the North
American Harvard and Avro Anson equipped 34 SFTS at the famed
Canadian base at Medicine Hat. A huge number of would-be and
will-be pilots went through the training regime at 'The Hat' and
this book is a fine testament to those times. Copious documentary
and first hand material was used during the compilation of this
Fly Past -
A UK publication
PRAIRIE WINGS Includes the following...
- The historical background leading to the formation of RAF bases in Canada
- The "secret" diary of the Medicine Hat station forms the basis
for the book
- Attractive coffee table format. Full color covers featuring Harvards over
the Hat and Ansons flying past grain elevators
- Over 80 photo's, most previously unpublished
- Listing of all who died in the flying accidents at #34 SFTS Medicine Hat
- Listing of all who died in flying accidents at #39 SFTS Swift Current
- Listing of all courses which passed through #34 SFTS Medicine Hat
- List of many marriages involving RAF personnel from #34 SFTS Medicine Hat
This water colour by Eric Bliss, ex R.C.A.F, North Vancouver, has a
"connection" to the worst crash involving personnel, from #34 S.F.T.S.,
which occurred at Rose Lynn, Alberta. March 23, 1943.
Read comments made by Gus
Bacon and John Rhodes who give further light to others mentioned in the book.