Letter from one pilot to another. Envelope is from King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto Ontario. Title on front, nice colour illustrated back. Letter inside is written on Hotel letterhead.
Clyde Tite Leaside Camp R.F.C. (Royal Flying Corps) Toronto Canada
Toronto Oct 31, 1917
What do you know. They have posted me to Borden. Tried awfully hard to get out today, but by the time they got there with us it was too late. Never mind old dear fix up something for around nov. 15 for I understand Borden is to close by then and we will in all probability be sent to Leaside and I will show you how flying ought to be done.
I damn near died this last week trying to waken up the natives in my home town but it was no use I simply can’t be done I think I spent the whole year up there last week.
Well Clyde old top it is getting near dinner time and I have to go out for dinner this evening so must close. Do not know what squadron I am posted to but will write when I get up there.
As ever Mac
Envelope tattered along edges, but image in good shape.
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