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Old 14-03-24, 10:15 PM
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Default Shepard Wolves Flying Squadron - No.2 Wireless School

I wanted to share this seldom seen Crest Craft patch with Forum members. I think it has the most layers or separate components of any C.C. patch I’ve ever seen; I count at least 10. It’s an excellent representation of the pre-war Disney wolf from that era too. The patch must date to the 1944-45 period.

It was designed for the No. 2 Wireless Flying Squadron who flew from the BCATP airfield of Shepard (about 15 miles South-East of central Calgary), AB.

This brief description is taken from a detailed article on the No.2 Wireless School by the prolific, Clarence Simonsen.

The November 1944 issue of American Saturday Evening Post magazine contained a full page advertisement featuring a Walt Disney insignia of a “Sea Wolf.” This image would appear as nose art on a number of RCAF aircraft, two Halifax bombers in United Kingdom and No. 149 Squadron at Patricia Bay, B.C., plus it was also selected by No. 2 Wireless School at RCAF Shepard, Alberta. This “unofficial” art appeared without bomb in mouth, with words No. 2 W.S. “Shepard Wolves.” It is possible this art appeared on the nose of some Harvard trainers but that has never been confirmed. The RCAF insignia was created as a cloth insignia by Crest Craft in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but no image has been found. I’m positive at least one hundred were ordered, and I hope at least one has survived for preserving RCAF history of this forgotten base in Alberta. No. 2 W.S. and No. 2 W.S.F.S. closed on 14 April 1945.

For additional background and history, the reader is encouraged to check out pp 106-117 here:
https://www.bombercommandmuseumarchi...lessschool.pdf

Last edited by zorgon; 28-03-24 at 02:59 PM. Reason: revise location of Shepard airport
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