Many remember Herb Davidson as the genial postman who for decades made the rounds delivering mail around Goderich. Yet he may the only airman to write down his experiences as a flight instructor at Elementary Flight Training School No. 12 (aka Sky Harbour) during the Second World War.
His account of life at Sky Harbour in an Airman’s Dilemma is a valuable account of that extraordinary time in Huron County history.
Herbert Davidson was born in 1918. He grew up in Toronto and had an early interest in aviation. In 1938, Davidson received his flight training from the famed Leaven Brothers Air Service flying in open cockpit Gypsy Moth biplanes at Toronto’s Barker Airfield. His experience as a licensed pilot proved invaluable when the Second World War broke out in 1939.
Davidson applied to enlist in the RCAF, but as it was just a fledgling service, his application was deferred until the air force was able to absorb the anticipated flood of recruits. In December 1939, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was organized with the mission of training the vast numbers of aircrew needed for aerial combat against the Nazi Luftwaffe.