'Bud' Minnes at the controls of a CANSO Amphibious aircraft, wearing his 'lucky' skycap. It shows the barren structure of the RCAF craft, with metal box seats and a parachute cushion worn at all times. Photo taken by Minnes pal F/O Al Glover Nov. 1944.
A CANSO amphibious aircraft used by 163 Squadron at Summerside, P.E.I. Minnes flew as a second pilot after completing a coastal command / navy reconnaissance course. Courtesy of Bud Minnes, November 1944.
A group of pilots ready to go on convoy protection duties from Summerside, P.E.I. F/O Bud Minnes (3rd from left in back row) and his friends dressed warmly for the aircraft, and the average age of these pilots was 21 years. Courtesy of E.W. Minnes, 1944.
Commando Course in Maitland, Nova Scotia which Minnes completed for survival training in August of 1944. Nine obstacles and live ammunition rounds were used to chase the airmen, and they ran 12 miles a day while learning man-to-man combat techniques.
Bud Minnes (upper right) and his six aircrew pilot comrades while in the initial stages of pilot training in Montreal in June 1943. They were posted on special training programs designed to prepare for flying amphibious types of aircraft.
"It's a wonderful life, to have the experiences of meeting people in different situations.."