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RCAF Station Camp Borden

General Information

Location/Base: Borden

Province: Ontario

Years in Use: 1917- present

Units:

  • RFC Station Borden-work begins 4 February 1917, ops begin mid-Mar, officially taken over 2 May ’17 (five sqns and School of Aerial Gunnery formed mid-Apr -later renamed School of Aerial Fighting and moved to Beamsville, and new School of Armament formed- presumed to be at Borden)
  • Later renamed No 42 Wing (Camp Borden)
  • 1917- No 42 Wing- 78, 79, 80, 81 & 82 Canadian Reserve Squadrons
  • 1918- No 43 Wing- 80, 86, 87, 88, 92 & 93 Canadian Training Squadrons
  • No 2 Technical Training School -Nov ’39
  • No1 Service Flying Training School- 1Nov ’39 (Absorbed from Home War Establishment) to 31 Mar 46
  • No 2 Technical Training School Mar ’46-
  • Trade Introductory School
  • Aircraft Trades School
  • Armament School
  • Fire Fighting School
  • School of Flying Control
  • Supervisors’ Service Training School
  • Training Standards Establishment Detachment
RCAF Aerodrome Camp Borden, Ontario. Image from the RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases circa 1942.
Borden Officers Mess Exterior circa 1926
Source 1 Canadian Air Division.

Aircraft Types:

  • 1917-1919
    • JN-4
  • 1919-1939
    • Armstrong-Whitworth (AW) Siskin IIIA
    • Fairchild FC-2
    • de Havilland DH 9A
    • Avro 504
    • Gypsy Moth
    • Puss Moth
    • Hawk Moth
    • Reid Rambler
    • Avro Tutor
    • Avro Avian
    • Hawker Tomtit
    • Fleet 2
    • Consilidated Courier
    • AW Atlas
    • Avro 621
    • Fairchid 51
  • No 1 Service Flying Training School
    • Harvard,
    • Yale
Borden Parachute Building and Ground Instruction School circa 1926
Source 1 Canadian Air Division

Commanding Officers:

  • Wing Commander G.M. Croill [late 20s/early 30s?]
  • Wing Commander A.L. Cuffe [early 30s-33]
  • Group Captain Reginald Collis ’37-’39

Financial Impact:

Date/Reason for Closure: The Base is still an active Canadian Forces Bases.

Site Evolution:

  • The Publication On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) lists the Aerodrome as “Borden” – See photos on this page.
  • The row of First World War Hangars are slowly being demolished, on a visit in December 2022 I believe I counted only 3 remaining.

Current Status: The aerodrome has been decommissioned to fixed wing aircraft and the only aircraft able to use the airfield are rotary wing.

On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978)
Borden Aerodrome (Part 1)
On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978)
Borden Aerodrome (Part 2)

Site Plan – 1940

RCAF Station St Borden, Ontario (1940)
Source – 1 Canadian Air Division, RCAF
Please click on image to download a PDF copy.

Site Plan – 1941

RCAF Station St Borden, Ontario (1941)
Source – 1 Canadian Air Division, RCAF
Please click on image to download a PDF copy.

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine
“Wings over Borden”

Borden Aerodrome circa 1926
Source 1 Canadian Air Division.

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, Manitoba has created a transcription of this Daily Diary.
Their web site is AirMuseum.ca


Fatalities

29 April 1940

2 September 1940

6 October 1940

30 October 1940

19 November 1940

7 December 1940

12 December 1940

13 December 1940

4 February 1941

10 February 1941

23 February 1941

25 February 1941

2 March 1941

30 April 1941

30 May 1941

19 October 1941

12 December 1941

14 February 1942

20 February 1942

24 February 1942

13 April 1942

19 June 1942

3 July 1942

13 August 1942

2 October 1942

16 October 1942

18 November 1942

8 April 1943

12 April 1943

18 April 1943

16 May 1943

20 May 1943

16 August 1943

26 August 1943

3 September 1943

22 September 1943

22 November 1943

28 November 1943

29 November 1943

12 December 1943

18 January 1944

19 February 1944

1 March 1944

20 March 1944

21 April 1944

19 October 1944

11 November 1944

9 February 1945

7 April 1945

Aircraft List

Course List – No 1 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 3 A.T.P.19 August 194028 November 1940
Course 3427 July 19417 October 1941

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Bernie Goodman

    Quote for 3503 December 12, 1940: LAC Hopton was engaged in a formation flying exercise when ice formed on the wings of his aircraft. He was killed when his Nomad 3503 crashed into Lake Muskoka, near Everett, Ontario. LAC Hopton was to graduate the following day. Four additional airmen were killed in a crash while searching for LAC Hopton.

    Comment: 3503 did not crash into Lake Muskoka. LAC Hopton crashed near a farm 5 miles SW of Borden at Everett, Ontario. 3512 and 3521 crashed into Lake Muskoka, NE of the base.

    1. Nathan Kachur

      Bernie, Nice catch. Though the fatality links are outside of my website, I am a volunteer editor on CASPIR. You are absolutely correct and it appears that someone misread, possibly the daily diary. I believe I have corrected the information if you would like to check it out. Thank you. Nathan

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