Patrick T. Connolly and Eric A. Connolly were kind enough to
allow me to use this amazing photo. They have colourized a
photo taken by their father, Sgt. Thomas W. Connolly, during his
training in Canada. We don't have an exact date or location for
the photo, but we can make some educated guesses knowing Sgt.
Connolly's history, and the history of the 2 aircraft shown.
Connolly was under training at Fort William, Ontario from November 1940
to February 1941, then at Dafoe, Saskatchewan until July 1941, and
finally at Rivers, Manitoba where he recieved his navigator wings on 4
August 1941. He then departed for England in the fall of 1941.
The aircraft arrived at Fort William in August 1941, and were
uncrated, assembled, and flown to No. 35 SFTS at North Battleford
shortly after their arrival. This photo was probably taken
at Rivers, or possibly another BCATP base in Western Canada, as
the aircraft were en route to North Battleford. If you look
closely at the photo, you can see the "last three" of the serial hand
written, apparently in chalk, on the elevator, aileron and rudder of
AS278. This was commonly done to speed up the re-assembly process
when the aircraft were uncrated after their sea voyage to Canada.
The chalk wouldn't have lasted long in normal usage, so that
helps us narrow down the date.