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RCAF Station DeWinton

General Information

Base / Station: DeWinton

Province:

Dates of Operation:

  • 1941 –

Units:

  • No.31 Elementary Flying Training School
    • formed by RAF at Kirkham, United Kingdom on 16 April 1941.
    • Embarked from Glasgow 23 April 1941 on S.S. “Royal Ulsterman”.
    • Spent several days in Iceland, Embarked 29 April 1941 on H.S. “California”
    • Arrived in Halifax, Canada on 6 May 1941.
    • Arrived in Calgary, Alberta on 10 May 1941 and unit was housed temporarily at the RCAF Station at the Calgary Municipal Airport.
    • Unit relocated to DeWinton, Alberta, 15-16 October 1941
    • taken over by Malton Flying Training School, Ltd 13 July 1942
    • Disbanded – 25 September 1944, Daily diary entries ceased 1 September 1944.
    • Conducted primary flight training
    • Aircraft flown:
      • Tiger Moth
      • Stearman
      • Cornell
  • Relief Landing Field – Gladys

Location:

Elevation:

Commanding Officers:

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for Closure: 1944-45, reduced need for aircrew

Post RCAF Evolution:

  • The Publication On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) lists the Aerodrome as “De Winton – South Calgary” – See photos on this page.

Current Status:  civilian airfield, all runways/taxiways/ramp still exist

On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) De Winton / South Calgary Aerodrome (Part 2)
RCAF Aerodrome DeWinton, Alberta.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
circa 1942.
Aerial Photo – DeWinton, Alberta
On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) De Winton / South Calgary Aerodrome (Part 1)

Location – Google Map

Photo Gallery

DeWinton Memorial Plaque, DeWinton, Alberta – Facebook Photo by Michael Williams

Station Magazine
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1944

January

February

March (Continued)

April

May

June

July

August

September

Fatalities

This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No 31 Elementary Flying Training School and other sources.  The list likely does not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station DeWinton, and likely includes some errors. Currently this list contains 22 personnel.

Notable Alumni

Aircraft List

Related documents:

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