Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Canada 150 Vignette –  095 of 150
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

A WW II Memory - Alex McQuarrie WAG (video)
Alex McQuarrie was a young man working in a bank in Yorkton Saskatchewan when he decided to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was sent to a temporary Manning Deport at Penhold Alberta  and then on to Claresholm Alberta where he was placed on guard duty, with no bullets in his rifle, awaiting a posting to the Wireless Air Gunner school in Winnipeg Manitoba. Upon completion of his training at No. 3 Wireless School, he went next to Dafoe Saskatchewan for bombing and gunnery training.

As a qualified Wireless Air Gunner he was posted to an Operational Training Unit and then No. 424 Squadron in England as a member of a Vickers Wellington bomber crew. After a number of successful missions, he and his crew were shot down over France and were taken prisoners of war for two years. Alex was discharged from the RCAF as a Flying Officer in October of 1945.

In his Oral History Video, Alex and the CATP Museum’s Kathy Shepherd talk about his interesting story as an airman in the RCAF at war.
Alex McQuarrie’s Oral History can be seen on YouTube at: