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RCAF Station Abbotsford

I would like to extend a personal thank you to Michael DesMazes for providing many of the photos and other information on this page.

General Overview

Base / Station:   Abbotsford

Province: British Columbia

Dates of Operation or Period of Information:  

Integral Units: 

  • No. 24 Elementary Flying Training School 1943-4
  • No. 5 Operational Training Unit Detachment

Unit Duties / Information:

Aircraft Flown:

Commanding Officers:

  • Squadron Leader M. Gain (formation – 24 April 1944)
  • Squadron Leader G.E. Kerley (24 April 1944 – 20 July 1944)
  • Flight Lieutenant L.S. Milne (20 July 1944 – 29 July 1944)
  • Wing Commander W.A. MacKay, DFC (29 July 1944 – )

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 “Abbotsford” – See photos on this page.

Current Status:  

RCAF Aerodrome Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
circa 1942.

On Track – 1978

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

Location – Google Map

Photo Gallery

Corner of Mount Lehman Road and Frasier Highway, Abbotsford. Sloman image. (Photo Courtesy of Michael DesMazes)
King Paving Company bulldozer clearing the land at Abbotsford. Carson Image. (Photo Courtesy of Michael DesMazes)
Blasting Stumps at Abbotsford. (1942) Carson Image. (Photo Courtesy of Michael DesMazes)
Lifting and Dropping stumps to remove earth prior to burning. Carson Image. (Photo Courtesy of Michael DesMazes)
Clearing the land at Abbotsford by hand until the heavy equipment from Oakville arrived. Carson Image. (Photo Courtesy of Michael DesMazes)

Station Magazine
“Breezy Stuff”

Station Magazine
“The Breeze”

Fatalities

This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No. 24 Elementary Flying Training School, No 5 Operational Training Unit and other sources. The list may not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Abbotsford. I want to provide a special thanks to Michael DesMazes whose research has made putting together this list much easier. With input from various sources, so far there were 69 deaths of service personnel that were stationed at Abbotsford.

Aircraft List

Notable Alumni

Notes

  • There is mention in early November 1943 in the school daily diary of the death of Mr L.J. Martin, who may have been the General Manager of No 24 Elementary Flying Training School. I need to look into this more. He is mentioned as the Station Manager on 18 September 1943.

Course List
No 24 Elementary Flying Training School

Course List
No 5 Operational Training Unit


  • Wikipedia
  • MilitaryBruce.com – Canadian Military History by Bruce Forsyth
  • Aerodrome Disposal File:

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Michael DesMazes

    No. 5 O.T.U. Abbotsford Detachment. A detachment of 5 O.T.U. Boundary Bay which was H.Q. for 5 O.T.U. When Abbotsford was established the majority of the Liberators were sent there from Boundary Bay except for a few needed to train the Air Gunners on the .50 machine guns. Only after the Pilots, NAV’s, Bombaimers, WAG’s and Air Gunners had learned the American equipment on the B-25 Mitchells were they sent to Abbotsford to complete their training as a full crew on B-24 Liberators. No. 24 EFTS was the fourth and last school of the Vancouver Air Training Co. Ltd. (the VATC was also known as The Boundary Bay Flying Training School) The other schools in order were; No. 8 Sea Island, No.18 Boundary Bay and No. 33 Caron Sask.

    1. Nathan Kachur

      Michael, thank you for your contribution. From your posts on Facebook you seems to be one of the leading experts on the coastal (Western) RCAF stations. I value any input you are able to provide as I have been horrible at improving BC to date. I am working on adding some BC radar stations as we speak. Thanks again.

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