Carl Mills fonds

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Carl Mills fonds

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  • 1945-1990 (Creation)
    Mills, Carl, fl. 1945-1991

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  • 65 cm of textual records
  • 6 cm of graphic material (2 photo albums)

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Carl Mills was born and raised in London, Ontario. His interest in airplanes began as an Air Cadet and continued while in the Royal Canadian Air Force Auxiliary at 420 (F) and 2420 AC&W Squadrons. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1965 as an electrical engineer, he joined 400 Air Reserve Squadron in Toronto as an engineering officer. He was involved in the recruiting and training of ground crews for aircraft maintenance. It was then that he became involved with the "Banchee historical project", beginning with the restoration of Royal Canadian Navy Banchee "464" for the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. After twenty-four years of service with the Air Force Reserves, he left in 1983 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is the author of a book entitled Banchees in the Royal Canadian Navy and presently resides in Toronto.

Custodial history

The contents of the "Banchee book photograph series" were donated to the Shearwater Aviation Museum by Mr. Mills in August of 1999. The remaining items were donated by Mr. Mills to the museum in 1998. All items except for those within the "Ken Nicholson series" were originally owned and collected by Mr. Mills. The items within the "Ken Nicholson series" were donated by the Nicholson family to Mr. Mills. Mr. Mills in turn donated these items to the Shearwater Aviation Museum in May of 1998.

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Fonds consists of items collected by Mr. Mills throughout his career and while researching his book Banchees in the Royal Canadian Navy. Most items pertain to his research of this book. There is some personal correspondance, including a letter from J.A. Griffin to Mr. Mills, and RCN issued certificates. The fonds contains a "Banchee book photograph series". There are also items which belonged originally to Mr. Ken Nicholson. These have been arranged within the "Ken Nicholson series" and include photograph albums, newspaper clippings, certificates, and licenses.

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1998.65, 1999.55.1.

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