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RCAF Station Jarvis

Location/Base: Jarvis

Province: Ontario

Years in Use:

Units:           

  • No 1 Bombing and Gunnery School
    • Formed – 19 August 1940
    • Disbanded – 17 February 1945
    • Aircraft Types:
      • Anson,
      • Battle,
      • Bolingbroke,
      • Lysander

Commanding Officers:

  • Group Captain George Wait
    • 19 August 1940 – 20 March 1942
  • Wing Commander W.F. Hanna
    • April 1942 – 31 July 1942
  • Group Captain A.D. Bell-Irving
    • 31 Jul 1942 –

Financial Impact: 

Date/Reason for Closure/Current Status: Site was taken over by Imperial Oil and is now an Oil Refinery.

RCAF Aerodrome Jarvis, Ontario.
Image from the
RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases
circa 1942.

Image Catalog

Memorial Plaque at the Site of the Former Jarvis Aerodrome.
Photo by John Bond.
Memorial Plaque at the Site of the Former Jarvis Aerodrome.
Photo by John Bond.

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine
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Fatalities

This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No. 1 Bombing & Gunnery School and other sources.  The list likely does not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Jarvis, and likely includes some errors. Currently this list contains 41 personnel.

Aircraft List

Fairey Battle

1803

Course List – No 1 Bombing & Gunnery School

This List is incomplete and will be enhanced as my time permits and as requests are received.

Course NumberStart DateGraduation DateNumber of Students
Book Cover, Sights on Jarvis: No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School, 1940-1945 by Robert Schweyer
Sights on Jarvis: No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School, 1940-1945 by Robert Schweyer

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. PAUL MCMILLAN

    Mr Harry Bullock a Civilian Cook at RCAF Station Jarvis was killed 7th May 1941 when he was struck by an Air Force Station Wagon while he was walking on a Country Road about 3 miles from Jarvis and died immediately of head injuries – Location is given as Walpole, Haldimand, Ontario, Canada. He was 48 and was a WW1 veteran serving with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

    He as born in 1893 in England

    1. Nathan Kachur

      Thank you for the information, greatly appreciated.

  2. Claudia

    Can anyone tell me the source of this quote attributed to Capt. G.E. Wait in October 1940? Does anyone know if it’s from Sights on Jarvis?

    “You are now passing a big and important milestone in your Air Force careers. From now on, you are entering a world of grim reality. You are on your own. I am sure each and every one of you will conduct himself in line with the best traditions of the force.”

    1. Nathan Kachur

      I will have to look, I have a copy of the book waiting for me to read. I will try to take a look this weekend.

      I have taken a look and no mention of this quote appears in the book. I

      1. Claudia

        That would be great, Nathan. Thanks so much!

      2. Claudia

        Thank you for checking for me, Nathan. It remains a mystery. The quote is on the website https://rcafjarvis.blogspot.com/, but no source is given, and I have tried everything to get in contact with the site owner, to no avail. I believe he may be deceased, unfortunately.

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