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RCAF Station Moose Jaw

General Information

Base / Station: Moose Jaw


Period(s) of Use: 1941 – Present

Site Plan:




Commanding Officers:

  • Group Captain C.E.H. James, M.C. (Military Cross)
    • 1 January 1941 – 14 August 1942
  • Group Captain N.E. Morrison, A.F.C. (Air Force Cross)
    • 14 August 1942 – at least November 1942
  • Group Captain E.J. George
    • at November 1943 – at April 1944

Aircraft Flown:

RCAF Aerodrome Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Image from the RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases c.1942

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for closure:

Site details:

  • Aerodrome:
  • Runways: On 29 May 1952 it was announced that the runways would be expanded with the reactivation of the station post war.

Married Quarters:

Site Evolution:

  • The Publication On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) lists the Aerodrome as “Moose Jaw” – See photos on this page.
  • In the 29 May 1952 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press it was announced that the Station was going to be reactivated. At this time it was announced that the Flying Training School that was located at Gimli would be relocated to Moose Jaw. With the announcement came an investment of 6.5 million dollars to reconfigure and extend the Runways, construct a new:
    • control tower,
    • supply building,
    • messes, and
    • quarters.

Current Status:

Site Plan – 1941

Site Plan, No 32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw Saskatchewan (Circa 1941) (Source Canadiana)

On Track – 1978

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

Location – Google Map

Station Magazine
“Prairie Flier”

Hangar Line from Air of CFB Moose Jaw.
(National Defence Image – MJ69-215)
Standing majestically behind a Harvard trainer is the control tower at RCAF Station Moose Jaw. (National Defence Image – PL-93055)
Student Pilots O/Cdt. Jon Vervoort, left and O/Cdt. Norman Patterson walk past the Control Tower at CFB Moose Jaw.
(National Defence Image – IW78-54)












This list was compiled from the entries in the Daily diaries of No 32 Service Flying Training School, No 2 Flying Training School, and No 431 Squadron and other sources.  The list likely does not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Moose Jaw, and likely includes some errors. Currently this list contains 75 personnel.

23 January 1941

26 April 1941

5 May 1941

20 May 1941

2 July 1941

12 July 1941

27 August 1941

28 August 1941

6 January 1942

14 January 1942

28 January 1942

11 March 1942

18 July 1942

25 July 1942

20 September 1942

9 January 1943

12 April 1943

7 May 1943

17 June 1943

8 July 1943

21 July 1943

11 August 1943

18 August 1943

4 September 1943

13 March 1944

5 August 1953

29 October 1953

30 December 1953

22 September 1954

5 May 1955

6 July 1956

9 January 1957

21 May 1958

6 October 1964

27 July 1965

28 July 1965

8 October 1966

13 June 1967

13 July 1969

30 July 1969

20 March 1972

10 June 1972

22 August 1973

31 May 1976

3 April 1978

3 May 1978

30 October 1979

16 April 1980

5 June 1989

3 September 1989

10 December 1998

21 July 2003

10 December 2004

18 May 2007

9 October 2008

17 May 2020

Notable Alumni

Aircraft List

Courts Martial

The following personnel were recommended for courts martial and a file was created on the Charged Offence, not all Offences were tried. This list is not complete but I will be working my way through the reels in the upcoming months.

  • Squadron Leader Henry Marsden (RAF-70445)
    • Charges stem from service at Assiniboia, Saskatchewan
    • Charged with:
      • 7 Counts of In a daily flying log and flight authorization form, signed by him. Being privy to the making of a false statement.
      • 2 counts of Neglect to the prejudice of Good Order and Air Force discipline.
    • Trial Date – 11 October 1943
    • File is 246 pages
    • member was found not guilty of all charges.

  • Mutiny – from the ORB.
    • on 16 July 1943 a group of airmen decided to stage a protest of orders issued by the commanding officer of No. 32 SFTS. There is no mention of this, on the date of the offence in the ORB. The first mention of the mutiny was on 4 October 1943 in the ORB when the men were put to General Courts Martial. The Courts Martial continued until 14 October. At that time 2 members were acquitted. Between the October and November sections of the ORB there is a discipline appendix dated 16 July 1943 that details the event. On 12 November 1943 the station was ordered on parade and the sentences of the 13 remaining airmen was promulgated. The pulmigation is detailed starting on page 1136 of the ORB. All members found guilty of participating in the mutiny were sentenced to between 9 and 18 months of detention. At some point in the future I will add more to this.

Related documents:

Course List
No 32 Service Flying Training School

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Merle Hattersley (daughter)

    Am wondering if you can help me. My father, Kenneth Ian McLean D.o.b. 19.8.1933 has just turned 90 years old. He was in the RAF around the early 1950s and has very fond memories of being based at Moosejaw around those years with the Canadian Airforce. As a special Christmas present, I was wondering if you have any records of him that you could send me a photograph of; or a photo of the base as it looks now; or indeed any memorabilia relating to the years during 1950. Any information would be much appreciated.

    1. Nathan Kachur

      Thank you so much for your recent comment. Unfortunately I have very little from RCAF Station Moose Jaw in the post war years. I may be able to find the Annual historical reports for this time period but they are unlikely to hold much in the type of information you are looking for. As for recent photos or photos from the 50’s I can take a look at some resources, but can not promise anything.

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