No. 1 British Flying Training School Historical

No. 1 British Flying Training School Historical (HM1UAV)

Location: Terrell, TX 75160 Kaufman County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 43.058', W 96° 16.187'

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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
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.
Year Placed2010
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 755895 N 3623281
Decimal Degrees32.71763333, -96.26978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 43.058', W 96° 16.187'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 43' 3.48" N, 96° 16' 11.22" W
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Area Code(s)972, 214
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-107 Silent Wings Blvd, Terrell TX 75160, US
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