Fonds 74/628 - Frank S. McGill fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Frank S. McGill fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

CA ON00093 74/628

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1934-1956 (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

85 cm of textual records

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Frank Scholes McGill (1894- ) served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as Air Commodore and as Air Vice Marshal during the Second World War. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he was accepted as a candidate for the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915. In 1917 he was appointed second-in-command to a small flying boat force in the Scilly Isles, England. After the First World War he was secretary and director for Dominion Oilcloth and Linoleum in Montreal. In September 1939 Wing Commander McGill was called up to active service. He was the commanding officer of no. 1 Service Flying Training School at Camp Borden, and during 1940-1941 he was organizer and first commanding officer of no. 2 Service Flying Training School at Uplands. Further postings followed as Director of Postings and Records in 1941 to Air Force Headquarters, and as commanding officer to No. 2 (Movements) Group Headquarters at Halifax in 1941-1942 and to RCAF Station Trenton in 1942-1942. In 1943 he was promoted Air Commodore and given command of No. 2 Training command in Toronto. Following another promotion to Air Vice Marshal, he returned to Air Force Headquarters in December 1943, where he remained for the rest of the war as Air Member for Organization, later Air Member for Supply and Organization. McGill retired from the RCAF in 1946. From 1951 to 1961 he was Director of the Aircraft Production branch of the Department of Defence Production.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Fonds consists of material relating to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Second World War and Post-war periods. There are papers concerned with general RCAF policy during 1938-1939 and 1945, and with general military policy for RCAF Station Uplands during 1940-1941. Also includes post-war correspondence relating to RCAF policy, and papers relating to RCAF Stations Uplands and Camp Borden. There is also general correspondence (1935-45), personal correspondence (1941-1945), miscellaneous correspondence (1934-1946), and other documents relating to Dept. of Defence Production (1951-1961) and to the Dept. of Supply and Organization (1943-1944).

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Fonds received from Frank S. McGill.


Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access


Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication


Finding aids

Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

Associated materials

The following related records are available in the Document Collection:
79/254 [RCAF War Organization]. 1942-1944.
74/292 [Statistics of RCAF and Commonwealth air force embarkations for the United Kingdom, officers and other ranks, aircrew and ground crew.] Oct 1941 - Mar 1942.
76/122 [Correspondence regarding RCAF policy through the activities of the Honorary Air Advisory Committee]. Much of the correspondence is with F.S. McGill. 21 Apr 1936 - 16 Nov 1939.

Related materials


No further accruals are expected.

General note

Negatives of photographs transferred to the National Archives of Canada in 2001.

General note

Originally titled Air Vice Marshal Frank Scholes McGill, C.B., Papers

General note

Negatives of photographs transferred to the National Archives of Canada in 2001.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres