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Terrell in Kaufman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

No. 1 British Flying Training School

 
 
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By Rheba Bybee, September 3, 2016
1. No. 1 British Flying Training School Marker
Inscription. By 1939, the British government recognized that in the event of war with Germany, training facilities would need to be established overseas in Commonwealth countries, or in the U.S. at civilian schools similar to those already utilized by the (then) U.S. Army Air Corps. In August 1941, prior to the U.S. entry into World War II, the No. 1 British Flying Training School (BFTS) of the Royal Air Force (RAF) was established with strong support from the citizenry of Terrell.

Both the Terrell and Kaufman Chambers of Commerce assisted in locating a suitable location for the new training school. Following the naming of Major W.F. Long of Dallas as the operator of the school, a site was selected about one mile south of Terrell on the Bond and Patton farms. Terrell Aviation School opened shortly thereafter. In addition to the main field at the No. 1 BFTS, to ease congestion the school had two auxiliary fields to the south of Terrell on the Boykin and Tarver farms. Civilian instructors provided the cadets with 20 weeks of preparation that included both flight training and ground school classes that covered meteorology, airmanship, navigation, and 'link' trainers for instrument flying. During World War II the school trained approx. 2,200 cadets from the RAF and 138 U.S. Army Air Forces cadets.

The motto of No. 1 BFTS was "the
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By Rheba Bybee, September 3, 2016
2. No. 1 British Flying Training School Marker
seas divide, but the skies unite". The people of Terrell welcomed cadets into their community and the cadets contributed their talents to the cultural life of the town. The war over, and their mission complete, on September 10, 1945, the final cadets left Terrell’s railroad station with a contingent of local citizens waving them on. In 2002, the No. 1 BFTS Museum opened in Terrell to commemorate not only the wartime school, but the continuing cooperation between the British Commonwealth and the United States in war and peace.
 
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16688.)
 
Location. 32° 43.058′ N, 96° 16.187′ W. Marker is in Terrell, Texas, in Kaufman County. Marker is at the intersection of Silent Wings Boulevard and Airport Road, on the left when traveling south on Silent Wings Boulevard. Touch for map. Located at the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 Silent Wings Boulevard, Terrell TX 75160, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major W.F. Long (approx. half a mile away); William Henry Burnett (approx. one mile away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx.
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By Rheba Bybee, September 3, 2016
3. No. 1 British Flying Training School
1.2 miles away); Texas & Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Old Graveyard (approx. 1.3 miles away); The American National Bank (approx. 1.4 miles away); Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940) (approx. 1.5 miles away); Robert A. Terrell Home (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terrell.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Major W.F. Long
 
Also see . . .  No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum. (Submitted on September 9, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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