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Flying Officer Robin Anthony (“Tony”) Stubbs was born in 1914 in Kelowna, British Columbia, to parents Robin Holford and Mary Kathleen (nee Freer) Stubbs. Prior to his enlistment he was working as an accountancy student with Helliwell MacLachlan in Vancouver, B.C.
Stubbs enlisted for Active Service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the spring of 1942. After basic training in Alberta, Stubbs was posted to Saskatchewan at the R.C.A.F. Initial Training School (ITS #7) in Saskatoon, followed by Elemental Flying Training School (EFTS #6) in Prince Albert, and Service Flying School (SFTS #4) in Saskatoon. Commissioned in June of 1943, he completed his Canadian training at General Reconnaissance School (GRS #1) in Summerside, P.E.I.
Stubbs shipped for England in October of 1943, and went on to spend most of his service time flying Sunderland anti-submarine missions over the North Atlantic. He survived the war and returned to civilian life in 1945.
Most of the letters are written by Stubbs to his family (mother, father, sister Mary, and brother Archie) back home at the family fruit ranch in Okanagan Mission near Kelowna, B.C. Letter transcriptions were provided by the collection donor.
Flying Officer Robin Anthony Stubbs’ service record (Serv/Reg# J26815) is not open to public access at this time.