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RCAF Station Souris

Base / Station:

  • Souris

Province:

Dates of Operation:

  • 1943 – 1945

Units:

Unit Duties / Information:

  • No. 8 Manning Depot (Temporary) was established at the Station on 7 January 1943.  The original plan detailed in the formation order of 19 November 1942 was that the Temporary Manning depot was being established to provide training to RCAF Womens Division members in Western Canada.  There were a number of amendments throughout December of 1942 and the Manning Depots purpose was changed from training Womens Division to training of Airmen. The opening date was moved from 7 January to 4 January 1943. Approximately 1000 untrained airmen were trained at the Manning Depot prior to it’s phased disbandment  between 1 March and 1 June 1943. The Disbandment order was issued on 3 Febuary 1943It was amended on 12 Febuary 1943.
RCAF Aerodrome Souris, Manitoba.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
c.1942
REA 49-1 Souris Manitoba
  • No. 17 Service Flying Training School was opened at Souris March 8, 1943 in order to provide a site for advanced pilot training. Originally it hosted the remaining courses of No. 8 Manning Depot as that school was being phased out. The formation order establishing the school was issued 3 February 1943. Ammendments to the formation order were issued on 10 February and 25 February. It was at Service Flying Schools that pilots received specialized training on high performance single engine aircraft or multi-engine aircraft moving them toward flying either fighters or bombers. The school was reformed as a reserve training school on 31 March 1945, on orders issued on 14 March 1945. No. 17 SFTS was disbanded effective 31 May 1945. This was done to allow No. 18 SFTS to re-form at RCAF Station Souris. The disbandment order was issued on 7 June 1945.
  • No. 18 Service Flying Training School was opened September 6, 1943 and was responsible for  advanced pilot training before they were sent on to their respective operational training unit (OTU) for further training. The school was created via Formation Order 24 June 1943. The original opening date was supposed to be 9 August 1943 but was amended to be 6 September on 14 July 1943. The school in Gimli was disbanded on 31 May 1945, by air force order issued on 7 June 1945 (not sure how the school was retroactively disbanded). The school was then re-formed in Souris, Manitoba the next day. The reformation order was also issued apparently retroactively on the 7th of June 1945. The school was then finally disbanded in Souris on 5 September 1945, the disbandment order was issued on the 23rd of August 1945.

Aircraft Flown:

  • Anson and
  • Harvard

Station Infrastructure:

  • 7 x Aircraft Hangars
  • Drill Hall
  • Hospital
  • CP Rail siding accessing the Station from the south east corner of the property

Financial Impact:

Commanding Officers:

  • Group Captain W.W. Brown
    • 8 March 1943
  • Wing Commander J.C. Mirabelli
    • CO due to Illness of Group Captain W.W. Brown
    • September 1943
  • Group Captain W.W. Brown
    • – 24 January 1945
  • Wing Commander E.A. Weaver, AFC
    • 24 January 1945 – 
  • Squadron Leader J.S. Howden
    • 15 April 1945 – 31 May 1945
  • Wing Commander E.A. Weaver
    • 1 June 1945 – 5 September 1945

Date / Reason for closure:

  • The school was closed March 30, 1945, the end of the BCATP agreement. Pilot training requirements had reduced dramatically and it was felt by all members of the BCATP agreement that there was no need to continue on with its operation.

Current Status:

  • civilian airfield, two runways active, rest overgrown, no base buildings exist

Site Plan – 1941

RCAF Station Souris, Manitoba (1941)
Source – 1 Canadian Air Division, RCAF
If you would like to download a PDF of this Plan, Please click the image above.

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine
“Out of the Scramble”

1943

January

February

March

1945

No 18 Service Flying Training School moved from Gimli, Manitoba effective 4 June 1945. For the Daily Diary of No 18 Service Flying Training School prior to 4 June 1945 please see RCAF Station Gimli, Manitoba.

June

July

August

Fatalities –

This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No. 17 Service Flying Training School and No. 18 Service Flying Training School.  The list may not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Souris. From my reading there were 16 deaths of service personnel that were stationed at Souris.

Aircraft List –

2128 – Battle

4869 – Moth

7111 – Anson

7150 – Anson

7154 – Anson

7367 – Anson

7376 – Anson

7676 – Crane

7749 – Crane

7752 – Crane

7765 – Crane

7773 – Crane

7784 – Crane

7812 – Crane

8413 – Anson

8436 – Anson

8437 – Anson

8447 – Anson

8456 – Anson

8480 – Anson

8558 – Anson

8559 – Anson

8560 – Anson

8563 – Anson

11254

11257 – Anson

11280

11315

11324

11330

11335

11340

11341 – Anson

11352

11376

11378

11379

11380

11462

11465

11470

11498

11507

11511

11512

11514 – Anson

11517

11532 – Anson

11537

JS119

Course List – No 17 Service Flying Training School

Course NumberStart DateGraduation DateNumber of Students
Course 7623 June 194330 Graduates
Course 785 April 194322 July 1943
Course 8031 May 194319 August 194346 Graduates
Course 821 June 194316 September 1943
Course 8414 October 194335 Graduates
Course 8611 November 194349 Graduates
Course 889 December 194354 Graduates
Course 9010 February 194456 Graduates
Course 929 March 1944
Course 945 April 194461 Graduates
Course 964 May 194456 Graduates
Course 10024 August 194448 Graduates
Course 10221 September194450 Graduates
Course 10419 October 194452 Graduates
Course 10627 October 194457 Graduates
Course 11515 February 194551 Graduates
Course 12015 March 194550 Graduates
Course 12130 October 194429 March 194555 Graduates
Course 12229 March 194561 Graduates
Course 13012 July 1945
Course 13315 August 1945

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