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Originally aired: The Forgotten Flyers of WW II, 2006 (see Pope Productions, below)

Gander Beacon, Gander, NL18_the_beacon
Brandon Anstey, Reporter; Kevin Higgins, Editor

Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, ONspec-logo-fix

Montreal Mosaic WebMagazine, Dorval, QClogo-montrealmosaic-en
Alain Jarry, historian – Beverley Rankin, Dorval City representative

“ … an Aviation based newsletter for Air Canada, TCA, CP Air, Canadian Airlines and all other Canadian based airlines that once graced the Canadian skies.”
Terry Baker, Editor – posted a request in NetLetter # 1320 – issued Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015: Perhaps some of you readers may have had relatives within Canada`s civil aviation community who did join, either as full-pay employees of the British Air Ministry – who funded the FC, or were seconded to it by their own carrier. This notice may add new information.

Pope Productions, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labradorlogo-w-grain
Produced a 4-hour mini-series Above and Beyond, 2006, about the FC. http://popeproductions.ca/project/above-and-beyond-2/
From the web site: Pope Productions is a St. John’s based company specializing in feature film, documentary and television formats. Founded in 1998 by Paul Pope, “… it has grown to be the most well-known independent production company in NL.”


BBC, numerous documentaries on various FC accomplishments and profiles on some personnel

British Newspaper Archive, London, England
Christian Halgar: helped establish the fact that no newspaper in England or Scotland reported the arrival of The Spirit of Lockheed-Vega Employees in December 1940, nor any time in 1941.

British Pathé
Various newsreel items over the years, for movie theatres world-wide


John O’Groat Journal and Caithness Courier, Wick, ScotlandJohnOGroatJournal
Elizabeth-Anne Mackay, Deputy Editor


Flight Global magazine, a world-wide, top-of-the-line aviation publication, print and on-line http://www.flightglobal.com/

Google newspapers
A powerful source of highly reliable newspaper articles dated between 1938 and 1945 dealing with the entire range of stories from the earliest days of what became the FC to the end of WW II

Internet Archive, The Way Back Machinelogo_WM
300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118
internet archive http://archive.org/web/
From its web site: “archived 419, 000, 000, 000 pages archived since1996” Truly an incredible internet resource.

3,600 newspapers from the 1700s–2000s; millions of additional pages added every month


Laura Anderson, reporter, North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, story on Ken McClelland

Peter Berry, Prestwick, Scotland, author (2005) Prestwick Airport and Scottish Aviation

Arthur Bishop, son of famed Canadian WW I pilot Billy Bishop, a pilot in his own right who made quite a name for himself. Author of Unsung Courage; 16 pages of this book deal with the RAF FC/TC

John Croft, Americas Editor, Flight Global magazine

Ernest K. Gann, author, Island in the Sky

Joey Gill, owner, Boys of Spring Productions, Toronto, ON, Canada. Robert Boudreau, director, writer, producer Boys of Spring. Planned movie on Clayton-Knight Committee. This committee recruited thousands of American civilians, serving as both air and ground crews, most flying with and for the RCAF and some with the FC.
Charles Savage, Producer, Working title: The Knight Committee (USA).

F.J. Hatch, author, Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan 1939-1945

Trish Short Lewis, blogger, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA – trishymouse@gmail.com – Blogs: St. Vincent Memories; Scribblings from Memory; Prairie Woman; Our Mothers; Penny Plain and Twopence Coloured

James McClelland, Innisfil, ON, retired school teacher from Emerson, MB, historian, and documentary film producer on local Manitoba histories. James, a contributor to Earth Angels Rising, specifically requested a mention of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, whose staff provided many photographs for James’ 2010 paper on the FC.

T.M. McGrath, Ottawa, ON, author, History of Canadian Airports, Transport Canada, Ottawa

Donald McVicar, Canadian aviation pioneer, frontier-busting pilot, author of 13 aviation books; Ferry Command, Ferry Command Pilot, South Atlantic Safari, North Atlantic Cat, and A Change of Wings cover his service as a Captain-Navigator in the RAFFC.

W. O’Brien, Australia, author, Murder in Ferry Command, 1942. A fictional murder mystery based on the FC –
published by NEA Service Inc. – Newspaper Enterprise Association, founded by Edward Willis Scripps, later becoming United Press International after merging with the Hearst organization, published this book in serial format in Australia, USA and in Canada, with Flesherton, ON being one of those places. – see Page 25 for another mystery book within ferry commands.

Griffith “Taffy” Powell, Air Commodore, C.B.E., FC, author, Per Ardua Ad Astra,
the Story of the Atlantic Air Ferry, and Ferryman – From Ferry Command to Silver City

Terry Shoptaugh, retired professor / historian, Minnesota, USA, contributor to Earth Angels Rising

Joyce Spring, author Daring Lady Flyers, some ATA women pilots – lead to Elspeth Russell

Frank Tibbo, historian, Gander Beacon columnist, Gander, NL, Canada

William (Bill) VanDerKloot – Atlanta, GA, USA – http://vanderkloot.com/header
Film-maker, Flying the Secret Sky – about FC and featuring his father Bill VanDerKloot, who was Churchill’s pilot in the B-24 Liberator, Commando.

Carol (Mercer) Walsh, writer – The Beacon Supplement, July 31, 1991
convincing England that Gander, NL was the only good place from which to launch aircraft deliveries

Shalto Watt, FC, pilot, author, I’ll Take the High Road