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RCAF Station MacDonald

General Information

Base / Station: MacDonald

Province: Manitoba

Period of Information: 1941 – 1945, 1946-?

Units:

  • No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School
    • Formed 10 March 1941
    • trained Air Observers (navigators/bomb aimers and wireless operators) on the techniques of air to air firing.
    • trained Navigators/Bombaimers on bombing to allow these trades to carry out bombing missions.
    • All practical training was done on the accompanying bombing and gunnery ranges.
    • Aircraft flown:
      • Fairry Battle (41-42),
      • Avro Anson (42-45),
      • Bristol Bolingbroke (42- 45), and
      • Lysander (42-45)
    • Disbanded – 17 February 1945
  • No. 2 Advanced Flying School
  • No. 1 Pilots Weapon School
  • No. 4 Advanced Flying Training School

Unit Duties / Information:

  • The base was home to No. 2 Advanced Flying School. This school was responsible for pilots’ advanced flying training. NEED AN OPENING DATE??
  •  PURPOSE OF NO. 1 PWS AND OPENING DATE?? COULD BE A CONTINUATION OF THE TRAINING PROVIDED BY THE BOMBING AND GUNNERY SCHOOL LOCATED AT MACDONALD UNDER THE BRITISH COMM0NWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN??
  • July 22, 1956 No. 1 Pilots Weapon School was redesignated No. 4 Advanced Flying Training School. WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THIS SCHOOL??
  • There was No. 2 Advanced Flying School located here – when was it formed – what was the final closing date of the base??
RCAF Aerodrome MacDonald, Manitoba.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
circa 1942.

Financial Impact: $1,842,475 (total cost of BCATP construction to 15 Mar 1942)

Commanding Officers:

Date / Reason for closure:

No. 2 Advanced Flying School was moved to Portage la Prairie November 15, 1952.

WHAT HAPPENED TO NO. 4 AFTS?? / NEED A FINAL  CLOSING DATE FOR THE BASE??

Site Evolution:

  • The Publication On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) lists the Aerodrome as “MacDonald – Lat:50 05N – Long:98 27W – GMT-6(5) – 62SE, E-17 – Abandoned”

Current Status: abandoned airfield, runways dug up, most hangars and some base buildings still exist, owned by Airport Colony Farms, a Hutterite farming colony

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine
“Tracer”

Daily Diary – Links – No. 3 Personnel Holding Unit

Daily Diary – Links – No. 3 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. 3 Bombing & Gunnery School and other sources.  The list likely does not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station MacDonald, and likely includes some errors. Currently this list contains 16 personnel.

Aircraft List

Battle

1755

Course List – No 3 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 18 – Air Gunner8 November 194132 Graduates
Course 28 – Air Observer8 November 194137 Graduates

For More information – External Links

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Craig

    Do you want more history on this Station?

    1. Nathan Kachur

      Yes please always looking for more complete information on the subjects of the pages

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