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RCAF Station Penhold

General Information

Base / Station: Penhold

  • RCAF Station Penhold 1940-Oct 44
  • RCAF Station Penhold 12 May 52-May 65
  • CFB Penhold May 65-Aug(?) 95

Province: Alberta

Dates of Operation or Period of Information:   1941-44, 1952-1995


  • No 2a “M” Depot (Temporary)
    • Manning Depot, Basic Military Training for Air Force Personnel.
    • Formed – 28 April 1941
  • No 36 Service Flying Training School
    • Formed – 20 August 1941
    • Disbanded – 3 November 1944
    • multi-engine school
    • Aircraft Flown:
      • Oxford
  • No 4 FTS
    • Formed – 25 May 1952
    • Disbanded – 19 May 1965
    • advanced flight school
    • Aircraft Flown:
      • Harvard
  • 743 Comm Sqn
    • Formed – March 1964
  • 43 Radar Sqn
    • Pinetree site, was not co-located. click on link for more information
  • Regional Emergency Government Headquarters for Alberta
  • Primary Relief Landing Field – Innisfail (R1)
  • Secondary Relief Landing Field – Blackfalds (R2)

Commanding Officers:

  • Group Captain M.P. Martyn

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for Closure: 

Site Evolution

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

Current Status:  forms nucleus for larger industrial airfield, most original runways/taxiways/ramp and base buildings still exist

RCAF Aerodrome Penhold, Alberta.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
circa 1942.

Site Plan – 1952

RCAF Station Penhold, Alberta (1942)
Source – 1 Canadian Air Division, RCAF
Please click on the image if you would like to download a PDF copy of this site plan.

On Track – 1978

On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) Red Deer Industrial Aerodrome (Part 1)
On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) Red Deer Industrial Aerodrome (Part 2)

Location – Google Map

Photo Gallery

Regional Emergency Government Headquarters

The Regional Government Headquarters for Alberta was located near the Penhold Base. The cold war fallout bunker was decommissioned in the 1994 and was eventually demolished in 2001. (see image below for the likely location of the former bunker.)

Possible locations of the former Regional Emergency Government Headquarters at Penhold, Alberta are marked with Yellow Push Pins. There is some conflicting information on the location. (Photo courtesy of Google Earth)

Station Magazine
“Penhold Log”






Though in existence until 23 August 1941 I have not found the Daily Diary of the school for the month of August 1941. Effective 23 August 1941 The school was disbanded and all personnel were merged into No 3 “M” Depot, Edmonton, Alberta.


This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No. 36 Service Flying Training School and other sources.  The list likely does not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Penhold, and likely includes some errors. Currently this list contains 25 personnel.

Aircraft List

Courts Martial

The following personnel were recommended for courts martial and a file was created on the Charged Offence, not all Offences were tried. This list is not complete but I will be working my way through the reels in the upcoming months.

Course List
No 36 Service Flying Training School

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Andrew Wright

    Looking for more info on ground equipment during the 50ties to 70 era. Articulary 3/4ton dodge amb.

    1. Nathan Kachur

      I have thought about adding pages detailing different support equipment used by the RCAF over the last century. I am not sure if and when I will branch into that area of documentation. Are there specific questions you have?

  2. David Roland Joly

    I am looking for information on a possible marriage in 1978 at the RC Church on base, CFB Penhold.
    My Dad was Capt. Joly and we lived at 214 Pine St. for about 5 years.
    The marriage was between David Roland Joly and Miss Jessica Harper. Ay info. would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Nathan Kachur

      David, I have nothing on this, is there something specific that you are looking for? Maybe other site users will have what you are looking for.


    2. David Denis

      My name is David Denis and my family lived at 229 Pine Street until summer 1977. I think I hung around with your younger brother. Was your dad not the base commander?

  3. Lars McKie

    I studied and wrote a piece on the fatal accident of Oxford X6734 where F/O Merry (135135) and pupil LAC Conway (NZ435950) perished.My primary subject for research, Cyril Devaux, participated in the search for the missing aircraft as part of his traing while attending course 106.


    Also interviewed close relatives to F/O Merry as it turns out the Merry and Devaux families are today joined through marriage – how things work out 🙂

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