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RCAF Station Mossbank

General Information

Base / Station:  Mossbank

Province: Saskatchewan

Dates of Operation or Period of Information:

  • 28 October 1940 – 15 December 1944

Integral Units:

  • No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School
  • No. 135 (Fighter) Squadron (June 1942-September 1942)

Unit Duties / Information:

Aircraft Flown:

  • Anson,
  • Battle,
  • Bolingbroke,
  • Lysander

Commanding Officers:

  • Group Captain Ashton
    • Station Opening – 5 March 1942
  • Group Captain Ashton
    • 5 March 1942 – Dec 1942
  • Wing Commander J.D. Blane
    • Dec 1942-

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for Closure:   15 Dec 44 , reduced need for aircrew

Post RCAF Evolution:

  • The Publication On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) lists the Aerodrome as “Mossbank” – See photos on this page.

Current Status:

  • abandoned N49 55 W105 52, all runways in deteriorated condition, no base buildings standing, Range Backstop still there.
  • A portion of the old aerodrome is owned by Kevin Stark(Facebook comment 11 Feb 2021)
    On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) Mossbank Aerodrome (Part 2)
    RCAF Aerodrome Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Image from the RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases circa 1942.
    On Track…the Pilot’s Air Travel Guide (First Annual Edition – 1978) Mossbank Aerodrome (Part 1)

    Location – Google Map

    Photo Gallery

    Memorial, Mossbank Airport.
    Facebook Photo from Peter Whitfield
    Plaque on Memorial, Mossbank Airport.
    Facebook Photo from Peter Whitfield
    Interpretive Plaque, Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Facebook Photo by Karla Paull Rasmussen
    Interpretive Plaque, Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Facebook Photo by Karla Paull Rasmussen
    Interpretive Plaque, Tickville Range, Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Facebook Photo by Karla Paull Rasmussen
    Interpretive Plaque, Tickville Range, Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Facebook Photo by Karla Paull Rasmussen
    Interpretive Plaque, Tickville Range, Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Facebook Photo by Karla Paull Rasmussen

    Station Magazine
    “Contact!”

    Station Magazine
    “The Mossbank Target”

    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. 2 Bombing & Gunnery School and other sources.  The list likely does not include all fatalities of personnel who died while stationed at RCAF Station Mossbank, and likely includes some errors. Currently this list contains 25 personnel.

    22 December 1941

    • Civilian Employee of Station died… look up name.

    19 January 1942

    • Flight Lieutenant John Arthur Peterson
    • Flying Officer Clovel Fay Lawson

    3 February 1942

    19 July 1942

    • Sergeant Gabriel Pierre Etienne Schoeler
    • Corporal William Wintonick

    10 September 1942

    • Sergeant Hazel Winifred Seymour

    14 December 1942

    • Warrant Officer 2nd Class Everard Barrington North
    • Leading Aircraftman Robert Edwin Habkirk
    • Aircraftman 1st Class Henry Vernon Pratt
    • Leading Aircraftman Howard Austin Lightle
    • Leading Aircraftman Russell Herman Shults
    • Leading Aircraftman John Campbell

    Aircraft List

    Harvard

    3797

    FE311

    Bolingbroke

    9984

    Morale programs on this station being administered by the Canadian Legion.

    • Fire in Ground Instruction School Building
    • Fire in range control tower

    4 June 1941 – Station Crest adopted.

    27 Feb 1942 – Fire – Barracks 11

    17 May 1942 – RCAF (WD) personnel assigned to station.

    Summer 1942 – Fairey Battles start being replaced by Lysanders, Ansons and Bollingbrokes. 

    12 Dec 1942 – Fire – Barracks 11

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