1917 WW1 patriotic postcard, to member Royal Flight Corps (Canada)

$35.00 CAD

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"Pricking the German Sausage"

Nice humorous postcard, mailed in Canada from one member of the Royal Flying Corps (R.F.C) to his friend at the R.F.C. flying school at Ridley Park, North Toronto.

Postcard 'Copyright M. & L. Ld, G -  Made in Great Britain ‘National Series’ No. 2468A'

Miller and Lang, Art Publishers, London and Glasgow.


R.V. (Robert Victor) Darrell #72397 90th C.F.S, dated November 13th 1917
Postmarked:  ‘Camp L__ Ontario'


92nd C.F.S.
A.M. Tite
Ridley Park
North Toronto


Asking "...find out from you if you are going out west on wednesday night..."

Ridley Park was an aviation camp located in north Toronto, later renamed Armour Heights. Armour Heights was site for pilot training, and the School of Special Flying to train instructors.

Creases: vertical, UR corner. Paper crinkled LL corner.


Alfred Clyde Tite was born in 1892, single, and lived in Edmonton. He was a carpenter by trade. He enlisted in June 1917 in Vancouver. Appointed to Royal Flying Corps 14/8/17, then to R.A.F. on 1/7/18, discharged from 44th Wing (North Toronto) on 8/1/19. He never left Canada.

R.V. Darrell was also in in the R.F.C. He also enlisted in 1917 and was 20 years old.

(Records on FindMyPast)


The Royal Flying Corps Canada was established by the RFC in 1917 to train aircrew in Canada. Air Stations were established in southern Ontario at the following locations:

  • Camp Borden 1917–1918
  • Armour Heights Field 1917–1918 (pilot training, School of Special Flying to train instructors)
  • Leaside Aerodrome 1917–1918 (Artillery Cooperation School)
  • Long Branch Aerodrome 1917–1918 
  • Curtiss School of Aviation (flying-boat station with temporary wooden hangar on the beach at Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island 1915–1918; main school, airstrip and metal hangar facilities at Long Branch)
  • Camp Rathbun, Deseronto 1917–1918 (pilot training)
  • Camp Mohawk (now Tyendinaga (Mohawk) Airport) 1917–1918 – located at the Tyendinaga Indian Reserve (now Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) near Belleville 1917–1918 (pilot training)
  • Hamilton (Armament School) 1917–1918
  • Beamsville Camp (School of Aerial Fighting) 1917–1918