RCAF Station Mossbank
Base / Station: Mossbank
Dates of Operation or Period of Information:
- 28 October 1940 – 15 December 1944
- No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School
- No. 135 (Fighter) Squadron (June 1942-September 1942)
Unit Duties / Information:
- Group Captain Ashton
- Station Opening – 5 March 1942
- Group Captain Ashton
- 5 March 1942 – Dec 1942
- Wing Commander J.D. Blane
- Dec 1942-
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.
- 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 – 1978
Location – Google Map
“The Mossbank Target”
Daily Diary – Links – No. 2 Bombing & Gunnery School
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, Manitoba has created a transcription of this Daily Diary.
Their web site is AirMuseum.ca
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
15 May 1943
24 August 1943
28 August 1943
24 January 1944
13 March 1944
- Sergeant Howard Murray Reed
- Leading Aircraftman James Edward Tierney
- Leading Aircraftman Donald Charles McKenzie
- Leading Aircraftman Keith Robert McPherson
- Pilot Officer Victor Herman Inderbitzin
4 November 1944
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
No 2 Bombing & Gunnery School
For More information – External Links
- MilitaryBruce.com – Canadian Military History by Bruce Forsyth
- Site Plan:
- Aerodrome Disposal File: