RCAF Station Chatham

Base / Station: Chatham

Province: New Brunswick

Dates of Operation or Period of Information: 

  • 1941-1945,
  • 1949-199__

Units:  

  • No. 21 Elementary Flying Training School
    • opened May 15, 1941
    • Conducted initial pilot training on light aircraft
    • Aircraft operated – Fleet Finch II
    •  Moved to ? – 14 Aug 42
  • No. 10 Air Observer School
    • opened June 6, 1941
    • Provided training to Air Navigators
    • Aircraft operated – Avro Anson
    • Closed – 30 April 45, end of war
  • No. 1 (Fighter) Operational Training Unit
    • Provided initial jet training to fighter pilots
    • Aircraft operated:
      • de Havilland Vampire
      • Canadair Sabre
    • Closed – 31 Oct 61, reformed as Sabre Transition Unit
  • No. 421 (Fighter) Squadron
    • air defence unit
    • Aircraft operated:
      • de Havilland Vampire
    • 19 Jan 51, transferred to 1 CAD
  • Golden Hawks
    • air demonstration team
    • Aircraft operated:
      • Canadair Sabre
    • 13 Nov 62, moved to Trenton
  • Sabre Transition Unit
    • formed Oct 31, 1961
    • Provided initial/conversion training on the Sabre Aircraft
    • Aircraft operated:
      • Canadair Sabre
    • Disbanded – Dec 68, end of Sabre ops
  • No. 416 All Weather (Fighter) Squadron
    • formed Nov 1962
    • NORAD duties
    • Aircraft operated:
      • McDonnell-Douglas CF-101 Voodoo
    • Disbanded – 31 Dec 84, end of CF-101 ops
  • 425 Munitions Maintenance Sqn (USAF)
    • formed 1964
    • NORAD duties
    • Disbanded – 1975
  • No. 434 Sqn
    • July 9, 1985
    • tactical air support
    • Aircraft operated:
      • Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter
    • Disbanded – 13 June 1988
  • Air Defence Artillery School
    • Sept 11, 1985
    • Ground to air weapons training unit for the Canadian Army
  • 119 Air Defence Battery
    • Sept 11 1985
    • Ground to air weapons unit for the Canadian Army        
RCAF Aerodrome Chatham, New Brunswick.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
circa 1942.

Commanding Officers: 

  • W/C E.B. Hale    2 May 49 – 18 July 51
  • W/C P.S. Turner    18 July 51 – 16 Jan 53\
  • G/C A.G. McKenna   16 Jan 53 – 27 May 55
  • G/C M.E. Pollard   27 May 55 – 12 Aug 57
  • W/C J.F. Allen  12 Aug 57 – 8 Oct 57 (acting)
  • G/C N.W. Timmerman    8 Oct 57 – 14 July 60
  • G/C A.F. Banville    14 July 60 – June 63
  • G/C J.R. Beggs    June 63 – 29 June 66
  • G/C W.R. Cole    29 June 66 – 23 Oct 67
  • Col A.J. Bauer   16 Nov 67 – 30 July 71
  • Col K.J. Thorneycroft   30 July 71 – 9 Aug 74
  • Col P.D. Manson   9 Aug 74 – 20 Aug 76
  • Col R.W. Fentiman   20 Aug 76 – 5 Aug 80
  • Col H.A. Rose   5 Aug 80 – 20 July 83
  • Col M.C. Randall   20 July 83 – 11 July 86
  • Col A.M. Lee   11 July 86 – 30 June 89

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for Closure:  

  • RCAF Station Chatham – 31 Dec 45, end of war
  • CFB Chatham –

Current Status:  civil airfield CYCH; most base buildings remain, only runway 09/27 is active although all other runways/taxiways still exist

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine
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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. 21 Elementary Flying Training School, No 10 Air Observer School and other sources.  The list likely does not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Chatham, and likely includes some errors. Currently this list contains 10 personnel.

Notable Alumni –

Aircraft List –

Related documents:

Course List – No 10 Air Observer 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 4421 May 1942
Course 455 June 194225 Graduates
Course 46Approximately 12 June 1942
Course 471 August 194222 Graduates
Course 4814 August 194223 Graduates
Course 4929 August 1942
Course 5125 May 1942
Course 528 June 1942
Course 5520 July 1942
Course 563 August 1942

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