Arthur Warren enlisted in the RCAF in September of 1941, leaving his civilian job in Brockville Ontario.
After completion of his time at the Manning Depot he reported to No. 5 I.T.S. at Belleville Ontario. He wrote home
to his parents in Long Point Ontario, detailing his life as a student at the base. During the eight weeks he worked hard
as he was determined to pass the course and be selected for pilot training.
Passed the course "with flying colours" as he wrote to his parents. And he had met his goal
to be selected for pilot training. Warren was posted at the end of May
to No. 13 E.F.T.S at St. Eugene Ontario. Again writing home and expressing the course to be
interesting and enjoyable. Taking as many flight hours as he could, he was very determined to make it as a pilot.
With about forty-five flying hours already in his log his next posting was No.8 S.F.T.S at Moncton New Brunswick.
He, as many
would find that now the training was not only harder and longer, but the eyes of the instructors were keener in
faults with new pilots. He also noted the high number of "washouts". But most of all he wanted to pass in the top
five or six of his class. For those who did so received commissions. With his training at No. 8 completed and
his log book showing even more hours on both single and multi-engine aircraft he was ready for overseas assignment.
Overseas Training Leading Up to Squadron Posting
His first training after No. 3 Reception Center was not related to flying or aircraft. But Commando training.
Not something I have seen listed on other airmen's logs or elsewhere. But still a part of both airmen and ground crew training.
Once overseas he was posted to do more flight training at No. 6 E.F.T.S. at Sywell, flying Tiger Moths. Then was posted to
No.20 Pilot Advanced Flying Training at RAF Croughton. Here he flew the Oxford a multi-purpose trainer were a number
of trades could gain more experience. Finally at RAF Kidlington he would be checked out on a bomber, not a front line bomber, that was yet to come.
This Reserve Flight training base would be where he would be certified on the twin engine Wellington.
By July he was posted to No. 23 OTU at Atherstone, flying the Wellington as he built his crew into a fighting unit
as they completed touch and goes, circuits around the base area, cross country runs, stick bombing and a start
in the experience of night flying and bombing. All designed to get them to know their duties and each other.
By the time he and his crew arrived at No. 1659 CU at Topcliffe, Warren had a lot of flying time to his credit. But
here he would now be gaining experience in flying a four engine bomber, working the enlarged crew into a team all
the while becoming familiar with flying and landing with the loss of one or two engines. By now Warren had over
460 hours flying time and was noted as an "Above Average" Halifax pilot
It would not be until the beginning of December before Warren and his crew arrived at 419 squadron.
his crew arrived at 419 squadron on December 6th 1943:
Navigator F/S Stanley Sutton RAF
Bomb Aimer F/S T. Korbar
F/E Sgt. Emil Dan Kent (Kmetiuk)
WAG Sgt. Willim Patric King
M/UG Sgt. Harry Crabtree RAF
R/G Sgt. Mike Minett