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Royal Air Force No. 45 Atlantic Transport Group, Boucherville, Quebec


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Posted by [Name Withheld], 6 June 2012 at 16:33

I had been unaware of any air activities during WWII in the Boucherville islands until 10 yrs ago during a visit at Pratt & Whitney Cda in Longueuil (about 2 miles upriver, facing Montréal). An executive (and former RCN Commodore) told me that he was from Boucherville, and that during the war his dad was working there on Sunderlands and other seaplanes for the RAF.

After moving to Montréal, I started to research this, and I usually come-out bare-handed. The local historical society seems unaware of this. The Internet doesn't reveal much, other than passing references to Boucherville as being a stop-over for various types of seaplanes for BOAC or the RAF on trans-atlantic flights.

I visited the site (now a public park), and in one of the buildings is a gigantic aerial photograph of Ile Charron (the largest island) taken in the early 60s, with a spot looking like a concrete ramp, which could have been a seaplane beaching area.

Your photograph is the first tangible proof of an RAF presence that I see. Have you got any others?

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Royal Air Force No. 45 Atlantic Transport Group, Boucherville, Quebec