During World War II, thousands of British soldiers learned to fly at civilian training schools in the United States because of the German threat in Europe. The first and the largest of the schools was the No. 1 British Flying School in Terrell, Texas. Over 2,000 Royal Air Force and American Army Air Force pilots earned their wings over North Texas between 1941 and 1945. The city of Terrell welcomed the students, and everlasting bonds flourished. In fact, each person depicted in this mural was an actual person that trained, worked, or taught at the No. 1 British Flying Training School.
Learn more about this story by visiting the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum, which celebrates this lesser-known chapter of World War II. Their collection includes many historical items: log books, training materials, World War II memorabilia, and uniforms. The museum’s archives contain the most extensive record of the existing No. 1 British Flying Training School. The museum is located at 119 Silent Wings Boulevard in Terrell, slightly North of the mural.