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RCAF Station Aylmer

General Information

Location/Base: Aylmer

Province: Ontario

Years in Use: 3 July 1941 – 30 Sept 1961

Units:

  • No 14 Service Flying Training School
  • No 1 Flight Engineers’ School- 1 Jul ’44- 31 Mar ’45- moved from Arnprior, Ontario
  • No 103 Aircraft Holding Unit- 22 Sep ’44- 15 Nov ’44
  • Technical and Engineering School – End Mar ’45- 1 Mar ’46
  • No 1 Technical Training School- 1 Mar ’46- end ’48, reformed 2 April ’51, renamed Technical Officers Training School, later relocated to Centralia, Ontario
  • No 2 Manning Depot- 1 May ’49
  • No 2 Composite Training School (No2 KTS) Apr ’51- June ’54 [absorbed into No1 TTS]
  • No 11 Examination Unit Oct ’51- ’51
  • Academic Training School May ’49-Oct ’50
    • Education centre to provide academic training to bring recruits up to RCAF standards
  • School of English-’49
  • No1 Personnel Selection Unit (Airmen) ’49 – March ’51 (moved to St Johns, Quebec)
  • Aeronautical Engineering School May ’51-Jan ’54 became No1 TTS’s No1 Training Sqn
  • Support Services School-’60-
  • Relief Landing Field – St Thomas (Yarmouth Center)
  • Relief Landing Field – Tillsonburg
RCAF Aerodrome Aylmer, Ontario.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
circa 1942.

Aircraft Types:

  • No 14 SFTS-
    • Anson MkII,
    • Harvard MkII, MkIIB, MkIIA,
    • Yale
    • Walrus for air-sea rescue,
    • Lysanders to tow targets
  • No 1 FES-
    • Halifax,
    • Beauforts,
    • Hampdens,
    • Hurricanes,
    • Ansons,
    • Battles,
    • Finches,
    • Harvards,
    • Kittyhawks,
    • Moths
    • Bermudas,
    • Tomahawks,
    • Hudson

Commanding Officers:

  • W/C G.N. Irwin  3 Jul ’41-9 Jul ’43
  • S/L [W/C] Lew Ingram 9 Jul ’43- 6 Jan ’44, 22 Jun ’44- 15 Aug ’44
  • G/C G.E. Nash  6 Jan ’44- 22 Jun ’44
  • W/C A James remained w/ small SFTS det after 15 Aug ’44
  • S/L Adams OC FE school

Financial Impact:

Date/Reason for Closure/Current Status: 1961- transferred to Ont Government,

  • used mainly as Ontario Police College
  • hangers have been used as
    agricultural storage by Ont Flue Cured Tobacco Board, Elgin Co-operative and Canadian Canners

Site Plan – 1944

RCAF Station Aylmer, Ontario (1944)
Source – 1 Canadian Air Division, RCAF
Please click on image to download a PDF copy.

Site Plan – 1952

RCAF Station Aylmer, Ontario (1952)
Source – 1 Canadian Air Division, RCAF
Please click on image to download a PDF copy.

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine
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Fatalities

This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No. 14 Service Flying Training School and other sources.  The list likely does not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Aylmer, and likely includes some errors. Currently this list contains 35 personnel.

Aircraft List

Course List – No 14 Service Flying Training 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 7314 May 1943
  • Wikipedia
  • MilitaryBruce.com – Canadian Military History by Bruce Forsyth

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Gary Hawthorn

    Thank you for this website. My father Geoffrey Ellwood Hawthorn graduated May 15, 1943 (perhaps one day or so earlier). In my collection, I have a newspaper article from May 15. The article contains a photo of Billy Bishop who attended. The article also mentioned my father as a graduate.

    My father served at Skipton-on-Swale 424 Squadron where he flew about 35 missions from July 1944 to early January 1945, all in Halifax bombers. His entire crew survived with nothing more than a bit of flack damage on one flight. He made a single flight (July 1944) in Halifax LW170 that, in 1945 ditched on a very calm Irish Sea after running out of fuel. A pefect landing and all survived.

    1. Nathan Kachur

      Gary, Thank you for your comment. I have checked the daily diary for No 14 SFTS, Aylmer. It appears that based on your information your father graduated, Course 73 on 14 May 1943. The daily diary mentions Air Marshal Bishop presenting the wings, I am sure your father was awed receiving his wings from such a revered flying ace. I will add a page for your fathers course to this page and maybe we will find other members families as this project moves forward. Thank you again for reaching out.

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