Collection 2001.11-14, 16-33 - J. Allan Smith Royal Flying Corps Training Camps Collection

90 CTS Hangars Camp Rathbun Camp Mohawk Aerial view of Napanee 1917 Camp Mohawk 81 CTS Camp Rathbun Victory Loan 1918 To Montreal "Spad" at Camp Rathbun Desoronto 1918 Rathbun Hospital

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J. Allan Smith Royal Flying Corps Training Camps Collection

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CA ON00397 2001.11-14, 16-33

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  • 1917-1918, [ca. 1983] (Creation)

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ca.200 photographs : b&w
1 cm of textual records

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James Allan Smith was born in Beaverton, Ontario on Jan 23 1922. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force between 1942 and 1945 and was a prisoner of war from July 1944 to May 1945. After the war he saw service with the Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment between 1955 and 1965. He worked for the Provincial Ministry of Revenue in the assessment depts of the City of Belleville and the Town of Trenton, retiring from Trenton in 1986.

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Collection comprises photographs of the two First World War Royal Flying Corps training camps at Deseronto, Ontario and notes for an unpublished book, Wings Over Deseronto, on the history of the camps. Camp Mohawk and Camp Rathbun were in operation between May 1917 and November 1918, training men to be pilots for the Western Front. The photographs in this collection are originals and reproductions depicting the aircraft, staff and cadets of the Royal Flying Corps, principally in the Deseronto camps, but also at Camps Borden and Leaside (Ontario) and Camp Taliaferro, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Donated by J. Allan Smith, October 2001.


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Some of the images from this collection have been digitized and made available on Flickr at

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Description created November 30th, 2011

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