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RCAF Station Dauphin

Base / Station: Dauphin

Province: Manitoba

Dates of Operation: 1941 – 1945

Units:

Unit duties / Information: No. 10 Service Flying Training School was opened here as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan March 5, 1941. The formation order establishing the school can be found at, https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c12348/48?r=0&s=1

This school was responsible for advanced pilot training.

Aircraft Flown:

  • Crane and
  • Harvard

Financial Impact: $1,880,617 (total cost of BCATP construction to 15 Mar 1942)

Commanding Officers:

Aerial photo – RCAF Station Dauphin, MB
RCAF Aerodrome Dauphin, Manitoba.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
circa 1942.
Aerial photo – RCAF Station Dauphin, MB

Date / Reason for closure: The school was closed April 14, 1945 in accordance with the BCATP agreement. The agreement had reached its end and, as a result of the progress of the war, was not renewed – thus closing those BCATP stations that Canada decided it had no use for. The disbandment order for No. 10 Service Flying Traing School can be found at, https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c12348/45?r=0&s=1

Current Status: civilian airfield runways/taxiways still exist, two hangars, some base buildings still exist

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine
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Fatalities –

This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No. 10 Service Flying Training School. The list may not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Dauphin. From my reading so far there were 29 deaths of service personnel that were stationed at Dauphin.

24 May 1941

  • LAC Lawrence Herbert Bolton

6 June 1941

  • LAC Robert Gordon Alexander

28 June 1941

  • LAC Lionel Roher

18 January 1942

  • F/O Thomas Henry Caulkin
  • LAC Douglas George Irvine

22 February 1942

  • LAC Keith Francis Somerville

9 April 1942

  • Sgt Douglas Delbert Dean
  • LAC Selwyn Fitzgerald Bradley

24 July 1942

  • P/O James Stanley Bladon
  • LAC Gordon Harold Cabush

3 August 1942

  • LAC Ronald Gear Sprott

12 August 1942

  • LAC Francis Herman Plate

24 August 1942

  • P/O Robert Talbot Hemmons
  • P/O Hugh John MacDonell
  • P/O John Oswald Thorne

6 January 1943

  • LAC Kenneth Melvin Hancock
  • Sgt Geoffrey Allen Payton

11 January 1943

  • LAC Murray Stewart Dewar
  • LAC George Ernest Dunlop
  • F/O Rowland Stewart Thorpe

11 June 1943

  • F/O James Roy Munn

19 July 1943

  • P/O Glen William Monks
  • P/O Brandon Boyce Kersey

29 July 1943

  • LAC Edwin Easthope

12 August 1943

  • Sgt Leslie Frank Lawley
  • LAC Henry Verdun May

8 December 1943

  • AC1 John Alexander Dufton

17 August 1944

  • F/O Lloyd George Falconer

16 March 1945

  • LAC Raymond Richard Watterson Stephens

Aircraft List –

Course List – No 10 Service Flying Training School

Reference Books:

  • “Wings Over Dauphin – A History of a Forgotten Era” by Elsie Lesyk ISBN 1-55056-369-6 year 1995

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