Capt. Gilbert Shepard Tobin was an American from Verona, New Jersey, who enlisted in the RCAF in Montreal before the U.S. got involved in the war…..as was the case with many American fellows that had previous flying experience.
The spirit of adventure ….I guess.
After certain training in Canada he went to England and was involved ferrying aircraft to different bases ….Spitfires …Hurricanes….and a lot of other aircraft.
Ferry Command started flying newly manufactured U.S. (While the U.S. was still neutral) and Canadian bombers from Newfoundland and Labrador to Prestwick in Scotland. (The North Atlantic Route…cold as hell…….with serious weather problems….many air crews were lost.)
Eventually they started flying bombers to Africa which involved flying over substantial jungle areas in Brazil and desert areas in central and West Africa to get to Cairo.
(The South Atlantic Route……and many air crews were lost….and it was hot as hell.)
This is some of his stuff.
This thread may drag out a bit as there are a few chapters to this story.