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RCAF Station Winnipeg
No. 3 Wireless School

Base / Station:

  • Winnipeg

Province:

Dates of Operation:

  • Second World War

Units:

  • No 3 Wireless School

Unit Duties / Information:

  • No. 3 Wireless School was opened to train personnel in the operation of onboard and ground radio systems. Wireless Operator Air Gunners were included in the Air Observer trade but bypassed the Air Observer Schools to go to wireless schools like No. 3. Upon completion of their wireless training – they were posted to Bombing and Gunnery Schools for their air gunner training.
    • Opened February 17, 1941

Aircraft Flown:

  • No. 3 Wireless School
    • Finch,
    • Fort,
    • Norseman,
    • Stinson 105,
    • Tiger Moth, and
    • Yale

Station Magazine/Newspaper:

Financial Impact:

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Commanding Officers:

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Date / Reason for closure:

  • No. 3 Wireless School (January 20, 1945) was disbanded due to the decrease in the level of fighting and subsequent lack of need for aircrew. Also factoring in this decision was the non-renewal of the BCATP agreement.

Site details:

  • Aerodrome: There was no aerodrome located at this facility and likely all flying training would have been hosted at Stevenson field only a few miles away.

Current Status:

  • Building and surrounding property was returned to _____ post war. The property and main building in now the Canadian Menonite University.

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine – “Winnipeg W.A.G”

Station Magazine – “W.A.G. Mag”

1940

1941

July

1943

1944

1945

Fatalities –

7 July 1941

  • Cpl James Alcliffe Deans Fortner
  • LAC Alexander James Roberts

8 July 1941

  • F/O Thomas Joseph Cook

12 August 1942

  • P/O Anthony Joseph Labella

9 September 1942

  • Sgt Ronald Earl Beilhartz
  • A L Nicholson

23 March 1943

  • Sgt F C Vance
  • AC2 J T D Cummins

Aircraft List –

  • Wikipedia
  • Military Bruce – Canadian Military History by Bruce Forsyth

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