A WWII No. 7 Air Observers School (Portage la Prairie, Manitoba) Wings
A WWII No. 7 Air Observers School (Portage la Prairie, Manitoba) Wings - Bronze gilt with blue enamels, maker marked "McKENZIE-CLAY WINNIPEG." on the reverse, 17 mm x 82.2 mm, one of two screwbacks intact, slight chipping in the blue enamels, light contact, residue in the recessed areas from cleaning, better than very fine. Footnote: Air Observers would be designated "Navigators" today. For recruits in the stream, the training path after the Initial Training School was eight weeks at an Air Observer School (AOS), one month at a Bombing and Gunnery School, and finally one month at a Navigation School. The Air Observers schools were operated by civilians under contract to the Royal Canadian Air Force, with the No. 7 Air Observers School at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba run by Canadian Pacific Airlines. However, the instructors were RCAF.