the researching stage of this project, we found ourselves
at the Alberta Aviation Museum. We happened to meet Cliff
Rhind, and he was more than happy to sit down right there
and share the story of his experience in the Royal Canadian
Air Force (RCAF) during World War II.
In 1941, at the age of 19, Rhind enlisted in the RCAF.
He attended Manning Depot in Brandon, Initial Training School
in Regina, Elementary Flying Training School in Vancouver
and finally, Service Flying Training School in Claresholm
before being posted overseas.
At No. 15 SFTS Claresholm, Rhind was trained with Avro
Ansons until halfway through the course, when the school
began training with Cessna Cranes. A fatal accident in a
Crane grounded all aircraft and Rhind's class continued
training on the Cessnas a month after their graduation.
Once he had earned his Wings, Rhind was posted overseas
to England where he attended Flight Instructor School. Although
he was eager to participate in the war, he continued to
be posted to a variety of stations as an instructor. Eventually,
in 1944, he was given the posting for which he had been training. As part of No. 239 Bomber Support Squadron, Rhind flew
a De Havilland Mosquito, accompanied by navigator Ray Follis,
for a year.
Rhind was discharged from the Royal Canadian Air Force
in August of 1945. He currently resides in Edmonton and
is a volunteer at the Alberta Aviation museum.