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1918 letter to RFC pilot Camp Borden from Leaside Camp Toronto #7

$20.00 CAD

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Envelope is pre-printed from ‘Y.M.C.A.’ with letter inside written on letterhead ‘Canada YMCA  FOR GOD FOR KING AND FOR COUNTRY – WITH THE CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' On Active Service.'

Sent to:

2 /am Clyde Tite 72689 Royal Air Force Repair Section Borden Camp Ontario Canada

Sat. May 11th 1918

#72690 J.A. Bain 1/Pte Royal Air Force #2 Repair Section 43 Wing Leaside Camp Toronto Ont. Canada
Dear friend Clyde,
…I am at Leaside Camp & some hole it is. Hope you are keeping in the Pink & having a gay time...
John A. Bain


Envelope torn at top.  Letter nice, bottom half yellowed, regular folds.

24 x 19 cm.


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.

(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