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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
  • 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: 

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.

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine






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

This Post Has 4 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?

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