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RCAF Station Lethbridge

General Information

Base / Station:  Lethbridge

Province: Alberta

Dates of Operation or Period of Information:   1941-44

Units: 

  • No 5 Elementary Flying Training School
    • Formed – 22 July 1940
    • Moved to High River, Alberta – 28 June 1941
    • Aircraft Flown
      • Tiger Moth
  • No 8 Bombing & Gunnery School
    • Formed –
    • Disbanded –
    • Aircraft Flown
      • Anson,
      • Battle,
      • Bolingbroke,
      • Crane,
      • Harvard,
      • Hurricane,
      • Lysander,
      • Menasco Moth

Commanding Officers:

  • Wing Commander W.A. Jones
    • Commanding officer at school opening
    • Still C/O at 27 March 1942
  • CO closing was SL A.E. Turner

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for Closure:  15 December 1944 reduced need for aircrew

Current Status:  civilian airfield, 2 runways, some taxiways and ramp, some base buildings might still exist

RCAF Aerodrome Lethbridge, Alberta. Image from the RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases circa 1942.
Aerial Photo – Lethbridge, Alberta

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine – “The Chinook”

Operational Record Book – Links – No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School

The School Was Relocated to High River, Alberta effective 28 June 1941.

Daily Diary – Links – No. 8 Bombing & Gunnery School

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, Manitoba has created a transcription of this Daily Diary.
Their web site is AirMuseum.ca


Fatalities

This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School and No 8 Bombing & Gunnery School; and other sources. The list may not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Lethbridge. With input from various sources, so far there were 27 deaths of service personnel that were stationed at Lethbridge.

Aircraft List

Course List – No 5 Elementary Flying Training School

This List is incomplete and will be enhanced as my time permits and as requests are received.

Course NumberStart DateGraduation DateNumber of Students

Course List – No 8 Bombing & Gunnery School

This List is incomplete and will be enhanced as my time permits and as requests are received.

Course NumberStart DateGraduation DateNumber of Students
Course 37 – Air Observer27 March 194230 Graduates
Course 26A – Air Gunner28 March 1942

For More information – External Links

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