List of British Commonwealth Air Training Plan facilities in Canada

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada
side view of restored single engine military aircraft
North American Yale (W/T) from No. 4 WS
BranchRoyal Canadian Air Force
Royal Air Force
RoleAircrew and groundcrew training
Part ofBritish Commonwealth Air Training Plan
AircraftAirspeed Oxford
Avro Anson
Boeing Stearman
Bristol Bolingbroke
PBY Canso[1]
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Consolidated PBY Catalina

Cessna Crane
Douglas Digby[2]
De Havilland Tiger Moth
Fairchild Argus[3]
Fairchild Cornell
Fairey Battle
Fairey Swordfish
Fleet Finch
Fleet Fort
Handley Page Halifax[4][5]
Handley Page Hampden
Hawker Hurricane
Lockheed Hudson
Noorduyn Norseman
North American B-25 Mitchell
North American Harvard
North American Yale
Northrop Nomad
Stinson 105

Supermarine Walrus
Westland Lysander
EngagementsWorld War II

This article contains a List of Facilities of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) in Canada. The BCATP was a major program for training Allied air crews during World War II that was administered by the Government of Canada, and commanded by the Royal Canadian Air Force with the assistance of a board of representatives from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.[4]

Schools and facilities were set up at 231 locations across Canada.[6] Many of these facilities were airfields. In December 1939 the Canadian government identified 24 existing airfields that could be used, leaving 80 new ones to be built.[4] Classroom facilities with residences were commandeered from universities, colleges, and other provincial institutions. Basic training facilities were commandeered from private schools and municipal governments. These "borrowed" facilities were augmented with new construction as required.[note 1]

Planning and operation of facilities

There were four phases to the acquisition, construction, and operation of BCATP facilities:

  • the beginning as specified in the Riverdale Agreement of 17 December 1939
  • an expansion as a result of the move of RAF facilities to Canada starting in July 1940[note 2][7]

An example of this is the Elementary Flying Training School at De Winton, Alberta. It began as a transplanted RAF school run by RAF personnel. It opened on 18 June 1941 as No. 31 EFTS. On 13 July 1942 it was taken over by the Toronto Flying Club under contract to the RCAF.

  • an expansion as a result of the Ottawa conference of May and June 1942
  • closures as a result of the decision to begin winding down in November 1943 and terminate the plan on 29 March 1945

BCATP activities were managed through four Training Commands. Each command was responsible for activities in a region of Canada:

Manning Depots

Trainees began their military careers at a Manning Depot[8] where they learned to bathe, shave, shine boots, polish buttons, maintain their uniforms, and otherwise behave in the required manner. There were two hours of physical education every day and instruction in marching, rifle drill, foot drill, saluting, and other routines.

Remedial high school education was offered to bring 17- and 18-year-old trainees up to the RCAF academic level. There was also a standard aptitude test: the RCAF Classification Test.

After four or five weeks, a selection committee decided whether the trainee would be placed in the aircrew or groundcrew stream. Aircrew "Wireless Air Gunner" candidates went directly to a Wireless School. "Air Observer" and "Pilot" aircrew candidates went to an Initial Training School.

Trainees were often assigned "tarmac duty" to keep busy. Some were sent to factories to count nuts and bolts; others were sent to flying schools and other RCAF facilities to guard things, clean things, paint things, and polish things. Tarmac duty could last several months or more.

The No. 1 Manning Depot in Toronto was the Coliseum Building on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, which accommodated up to 5,000 personnel.

Aircrew training facilities

Initial Training Schools

Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf. In 1941 site of No. 5 ITS, Belleville

Pilot and Air Observer candidates began their 26- or 28-week training program with four weeks at an Initial Training School (ITS).[2][11] They studied theoretical subjects and were subjected to a variety of tests. Theoretical studies included navigation, theory of flight, meteorology, duties of an officer, air force administration, algebra, and trigonometry. Tests included an interview with a psychiatrist, the 4 hour long M2 physical examination, a session in a decompression chamber, and a "test flight" in a Link Trainer as well as academics. At the end of the course the postings were announced. Occasionally candidates were re-routed to the Wireless Air Gunner stream at the end of ITS.

Elementary Flying Training Schools

DH82C Tiger Moth basic trainer with night flying kit
Student cockpit interior with night light and Morse Code key
The site of No.17 EFTS in 2018

An Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) gave a trainee 50 hours of basic flying instruction on a simple trainer like the De Havilland Tiger Moth, Fleet Finch, or Fairchild Cornell over 8 weeks.[2] Elementary schools were operated by civilian flying clubs under contract to the RCAF and most of the instructors were civilians. For example, No. 12 EFTS Goderich was run by the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Club and the County of Huron Flying Club.[4] The next step for a pilot was the Service Flying Training School.

Service Flying Training Schools

The former No. 9 SFTS Centralia in 2020
The 1942 Hangar Line at No. 9 SFTS Centralia in August 2013. #4 on the left, #1 in the distance.
Instructor and student with North American Harvard II aircraft of No.2 Service Flying Training School, RCAF Station Uplands, 1941

Graduates of the EFTS "learn-to-fly" program went on a Service Flying Training School (SFTS) for 16 weeks. For the first 8 weeks the trainee was part of an intermediate training squadron; for the next 6 weeks an advanced training squadron and for the final 2 weeks training was conducted at a Bombing & Gunnery School.[2] The Service schools were military establishments run by the RCAF or the RAF.

There were two different types of Service Flying Training Schools. Trainees in the fighter pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 14 Aylmer, where they trained in the North American Harvard or North American Yale. Trainees in the bomber, coastal or transport pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 5 Brantford where they learned multi-engine technique in an Airspeed Oxford, Avro Anson or Cessna Crane.

Air Observer Schools

British P10 Magnetic Compass with dead reckoning navigation tools
Airmen's Canteen, No. 4 AOS

Air Observers were later called "navigators". For recruits in this stream, the training path after ITS was 8 weeks at an Air Observer School (AOS), 1 month at a Bombing & Gunnery School, and finally 1 month at a Navigation School. The Air Observer schools were operated by civilians under contract to the RCAF. For example, Nos. 7, 8, and 9 were run by CP Airlines. However, the instructors were RCAF.[4] The basic navigation techniques throughout the war years were dead reckoning and visual pilotage, and the tools were the aeronautical chart, magnetic compass, watch, trip log, pencil, Douglas protractor, and Dalton Navigational Computer.[14] They trained in the Avro Anson.

Bombing and Gunnery Schools

This plaque marks the site of No. 1 B&GS Jarvis

The Bombing and Gunnery School (B&GS) offered instruction in the techniques of bomb aiming and aerial machine gunnery to Air Observers, Bomb Aimers, and Wireless Air Gunners. These schools required large areas to accommodate their bombing and gunnery ranges, and were often located near water.[note 5] The Avro Anson, Fairey Battle, Bristol Bolingbroke, and Westland Lysander were the standard aircraft used at B&GS schools.

Air Navigation Schools

Nos. 1 & 2 Air Navigation Schools offered four-week courses in astronavigation and were the last step for Air Observers. The RAF schools, Nos. 31, 32, and 33, provided the same training as Air Observer Schools.

Wireless Schools

RCAF Morse Code Practice Buzzer

Trainees in the "Wireless Air Gunner" (WAG) stream spent 24 weeks at a Wireless School[2][8] learning the theory and application of wireless communications. This included signalling with lights and flags as well as radio. Their "WAG" training was completed with four weeks at a Bombing & Gunnery School.

Naval Air Gunner School

No. 1 Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (Swordfish)

Flight Engineers' School

The flight engineer was the member of a heavy bomber aircrew responsible for monitoring the fuel, electrical systems and the engines. He also controlled the throttle settings and was the pilot's "assistant". Flight engineers were not co-pilots but they had some flying training and were expected to be able to take over the controls in the event the pilot was killed or disabled.

No. 1 Aylmer, Ontario (Halifax, Beaufort, Hampden) 42°48′18″N 080°56′45″W / 42.80500°N 80.94583°W / 42.80500; -80.94583

General Reconnaissance Schools

The General Reconnaissance School trained pilots and air observers in the techniques required for ocean patrol. It was the equivalent to an Operational Training Unit (OTU), and last stop before aircrew were assigned to operations. The topics included DR Navigation, Astro Navigation, Compasses and Instruments, Meteorology, Signals, Reconnaissance, Coding, Ship Recognition, Aerial Photography, and Visual Signals. Flight Lieutenant (F/L) R. E. MacBride from No. 162 (BR) Squadron RCAF trained at No. 1 GR.[19]

Aircrew spent nine weeks at a General Reconnaissance School.

Operational Training Units

Reenactment of RCAF Gunnery Practice at an English OTU

The Operational Training Unit (OTU) was the last stop for aircrew trainees. They spent 8 to 14 weeks learning to fly operational aircraft (Hawker Hurricane or Fairey Swordfish, e.g.). The instructors had experience in actual operations, and often were posted to OTUs after their operational tour.

Central Flying School

The Central Flying School was located at Trenton, Ontario.

Central Navigation School

The Central Navigation School was located at Rivers, Manitoba (Anson). 50°00′37″N 100°19′06″W / 50.01028°N 100.31833°W / 50.01028; -100.31833

Instrument Navigation School

The Instrument Navigation School was located near Deseronto, Ontario.

Flying Instructor Schools

Aircrew Graduates Training Schools

The Aircrew Graduates Training School (AGTS) was established in January 1944 and was usually the last stop for aircrew prior to transfer to operational units overseas. The instructors were normally issued from the ranks of the Army. Aircrew graduates spent 3 weeks learning survival and evasion techniques that would prove useful if shot down behind enemy lines. The training included self defence, living off the land, evasion techniques and ground navigation.[20]

Relief landing fields

RCAF Grand Bend. The 1942 Hangar as seen from the Taxiway, Control Tower on top. R1 for No. 9 SFTS Centralia. (2013)

Every principal airfield (e.g. EFTS or SFTS) had one or two relief airfields located within 10–15 km. The No. 1 Relief Airfield is called "R1" in RCAF Station diaries. Some of the relief fields were paved, some were just grass, and some had hangars, barracks, and maintenance facilities. For example, trainees at No. 14 SFTS Aylmer moved to their R1 at Yarmouth Centre for the last four weeks of their course (radio, bombing, and gunnery).[5]

Site of RCAF Burtch, built for No. 4 Wireless School in 1941. (2016)
  • Airdrie, Alberta – R1 for No. 3 SFTS Calgary
  • Alliston, Ontario – R2 for No. 1 SFTS Camp Borden 44°07′00″N 079°49′30″W / 44.11667°N 79.82500°W / 44.11667; -79.82500 (RCAF Alliston)[21]
  • Blackfalds, Alberta – R2 for No. 36 SFTS Penhold 52°23′N 113°52′W / 52.383°N 113.867°W / 52.383; -113.867 (RCAF Blackfalds)
  • Boharm, Saskatchewan – R1 for No. 33 EFTS Caron 50°19′19″N 105°42′14″W / 50.32194°N 105.70389°W / 50.32194; -105.70389 (RCAF Boharm)[22]
  • Brada, Saskatchewan – R2 for No. 15 EFTS Regina
  • Brora, Saskatchewan – R1 for No. 35 and No. 13 SFTF North Battleford
  • Burtch, Ontario – R1 for No. 5 SFTS Brantford and principal field for No. 4 Wireless School Guelph. 43°03′08″N 080°16′29″W / 43.05222°N 80.27472°W / 43.05222; -80.27472 (RCAF Burtch)[23]
  • Buttress, Saskatchewan – R1 for No. 32 SFTS Moose Jaw 50°14′10″N 105°32′50″W / 50.23611°N 105.54722°W / 50.23611; -105.54722
  • Carp, Ontario – R1 for No. 2 SFTS Ottawa 45°19′21″N 76°1′3″W / 45.32250°N 76.01750°W / 45.32250; -76.01750
Site of RCAF Cayuga, relief landing field built in 1941–1942. (2018)
  • Cayuga, Ontario – R1 for No. 16 SFTS Hagersville42°54′10″N 079°51′23″W / 42.90278°N 79.85639°W / 42.90278; -79.85639 (RCAF Cayuga)[24]
  • Champion, Alberta – R2 for No. 19 SFTS Vulcan50°12′30″N 113°10′36″W / 50.20833°N 113.17667°W / 50.20833; -113.17667 (RCAF Champion)[25]
  • Chandler, Saskatchewan – Relief for No. 38 SFTS Estevan49°18′46″N 103°24′29″W / 49.31278°N 103.40806°W / 49.31278; -103.40806 (RCAF Chandler)[26]
A well preserved relief field hangar. Site of RCAF Chater. (2019)
  • Chater, Manitoba – R1 for No. 12 SFTS Brandon 49°54′25″N 099°47′53″W / 49.90694°N 99.79806°W / 49.90694; -99.79806 (RCAF Chater)[23]
  • Douglas, Manitoba – R2 for No.12 SFTS Brandon49°55′35″N 099°39′33″W / 49.92639°N 99.65917°W / 49.92639; -99.65917 (RCAF Douglas)[27]
  • Chicoutimi, Quebec – R1 for No. 1 OTU Bagotville
  • Dufferin, Ontario – Relief for No. 16 SFTS Hagersville 42°57′54″N 080°01′24″W / 42.96500°N 80.02333°W / 42.96500; -80.02333 (RCAF Dufferin)[24]
  • Eden, Manitoba – R1 for No. 35 EFTS Neepawa 50°22′30″N 099°25′58″W / 50.37500°N 99.43278°W / 50.37500; -99.43278 (RCAF Eden)[28]
  • Edenvale, Ontario – R1 for No. 1 SFTS Camp Borden
  • Edwards, Ontario – Relief for No. 2 SFTS Ottawa 45°18′12″N 075°28′00″W / 45.30333°N 75.46667°W / 45.30333; -75.46667 (RCAF Edwards)[29]
  • Elgin, Manitoba – R2 for No. 17 SFTS Souris49°29′16.8″N 100°14′13.2″W / 49.488000°N 100.237000°W / 49.488000; -100.237000 (RCAF Elgin)[26]
  • Ensign, Alberta – R1 for No. 19 SFTS Vulcan50°28′42″N 113°20′02″W / 50.47833°N 113.33389°W / 50.47833; -113.33389 (RCAF Ensign)[25]
  • Farnham, Quebec – R2 for No. 13 SFTS St. Hubert 45°18′03″N 072°56′36″W / 45.30083°N 72.94333°W / 45.30083; -72.94333 (RCAF Farnham)[29]
  • Frank Lake, Alberta – Relief for No. 5 EFTS High River50°31′39″N 113°45′55″W / 50.52750°N 113.76528°W / 50.52750; -113.76528 (RCAF Frank Lake)[25]
  • Gananoque – R1 for No. 31 SFTS Kingston 44°27′07″N 076°14′39″W / 44.45194°N 76.24417°W / 44.45194; -76.24417
  • Grand Bend, Ontario – R1 for No. 9 SFTS Centralia
  • Goderich South – Relief for No. 12 EFTS Goderich 43°42′16.7″N 081°40′27.46″W / 43.704639°N 81.6742944°W / 43.704639; -81.6742944 (RCAF Goderich South)[24]
H-Hut at RCAF Cayuga, abandoned relief airfield. R1 for No. 16 SFTS Hagersville. (2014)
  • Gladys, Alberta – R2 for No. 31 EFTS DeWinton50°42′33″N 113°41′55″W / 50.70917°N 113.69861°W / 50.70917; -113.69861 (RCAF Gladys)[25]
  • Granum, Alberta – R1 for No. 7 SFTS Fort MacLeod 49°48′40″N 113°26′43″W / 49.81111°N 113.44528°W / 49.81111; -113.44528 (RCAF Granum)
Building Plan for RCAF North Junction, R1 for No. 10 SFTS Dauphin.(1941)
  • Halbrite, Saskatchewan – R1 for No. 41 SFTS Weyburn49°27′00″N 103°32′20″W / 49.45000°N 103.53889°W / 49.45000; -103.53889 (RCAF Halbrite)[30]
  • Hamlin, Saskatchewan – R1 for No. 35 SFTS North Battleford52°52′48″N 108°17′19″W / 52.88000°N 108.28861°W / 52.88000; -108.28861
  • Hartney, Manitoba – R1 for No. 17 SFTS Souris 49°27′08″N 100°31′02″W / 49.45222°N 100.51722°W / 49.45222; -100.51722 (RCAF Hartney)[23]
  • Hawkesbury, Ontario – Relief for No. 13 EFTS St. Eugene 45°36′33″N 074°35′42″W / 45.60917°N 74.59500°W / 45.60917; -74.59500 (RCAF Hawkesbury)[29]
  • Holsom, Alberta – Relief for No. 34 SFTS Medicine Hat50°01′40″N 110°51′30″W / 50.02778°N 110.85833°W / 50.02778; -110.85833 (RCAF Holsom)[31]
  • Innisfail, Alberta – R1 for No. 36 SFTS Penhold 52°04′43″N 114°01′39″W / 52.07861°N 114.02750°W / 52.07861; -114.02750
  • Inverlake, Alberta – R2 for No. 3 SFTS Calgary51°02′28″N 113°37′50″W / 51.04111°N 113.63056°W / 51.04111; -113.63056 (RCAF Inverlake)[25]
  • Langley, British Columbia – Relief for No. 18 EFTS Boundary Bay
  • Limoges, Ontario – Relief for No. 10 EFTS Pendleton 45°23′50″N 075°15′48″W / 45.39722°N 75.26333°W / 45.39722; -75.26333 (RCAF Limoges)[29]
  • Maitland, Nova Scotia – Relief for No. 31 OTU Debert 45°19′41″N 063°31′42″W / 45.32806°N 63.52833°W / 45.32806; -63.52833 (RCAF Maitland)
  • Maurice, Quebec – Relief for No. 11 EFTS Cap-de-la-Madelaine 46°28′24″N 072°34′30″W / 46.47333°N 72.57500°W / 46.47333; -72.57500 (RCAF Maurice)[32]
  • Mount Pleasant, Prince Edward Island – R1 for No. 9 SFTS Summerside 46°36′00″N 064°00′00″W / 46.60000°N 64.00000°W / 46.60000; -64.00000 (RCAF Mount Pleasant)[23]
  • Netley, Manitoba – R1 for No. 18 SFTS Gimli 50°22′04″N 096°59′27″W / 50.36778°N 96.99083°W / 50.36778; -96.99083 (RCAF Netley)[28]
  • Netook, Alberta – R1 for No. 32 EFTS Bowden 51°51′08″N 114°03′52″W / 51.85222°N 114.06444°W / 51.85222; -114.06444 (RCAF Netook)
  • North Junction, Manitoba – Relief for No. 10 SFTS Dauphin 51°12′41″N 100°04′55″W / 51.21139°N 100.08194°W / 51.21139; -100.08194 (RCAF North Junction)[33]
  • Oberon, Manitoba – R2 for No. 33 SFTS Carberry50°03′N 099°28′W / 50.050°N 99.467°W / 50.050; -99.467 (RCAF Oberon)[23][34]
  • Osler, Saskatchewan – R2 for No. 4 SFTS Saskatoon 52°22′N 106°31′W / 52.367°N 106.517°W / 52.367; -106.517 (RCAF Osler)
  • Outram, Saskatchewan – Relief for No. 38 SFTS Estevan49°07′47″N 103°15′54″W / 49.12972°N 103.26500°W / 49.12972; -103.26500 (RCAF Outram)[26]
  • Petrel, Manitoba – R1 for No. 33 SFTS Carberry 49°58′00″N 099°21′00″W / 49.96667°N 99.35000°W / 49.96667; -99.35000 (RCAF Petrel)[23]
  • Pontiac, Quebec – Relief for No. 3 FIS Arnprior 45°29′07″N 076°15′53″W / 45.48528°N 76.26472°W / 45.48528; -76.26472 (RCAF Pontiac)[21]
  • Pulteney, Alberta – R2 for No. 15 SFTS Claresholm
  • Ralph, Saskatchewan – R2 for No. 41 SFTS Weyburn49°32′50″N 103°41′20″W / 49.54722°N 103.68889°W / 49.54722; -103.68889 (RCAF Ralph)[30]
  • Rhein, Saskatchewan – R2 for No. 11 SFTS Yorkton 51°18′00″N 102°09′30″W / 51.30000°N 102.15833°W / 51.30000; -102.15833 (RCAF Rhein)[33]
  • St. Aldwyn, Saskatchewan – R1 for No. 39 SFTS Swift Current. 50°23′25″N 107°45′30″W / 50.39028°N 107.75833°W / 50.39028; -107.75833 (RCAF St. Aldwyn)[23]
  • St. Honoré, Quebec – Relief for No. 1 OTU Bagotville 48°31′15″N 071°03′02″W / 48.52083°N 71.05056°W / 48.52083; -71.05056
  • St. Joseph, Ontario – Relief for No. 9 SFTS Centralia 43°25′25.7″N 081°41′18.6″W / 43.423806°N 81.688500°W / 43.423806; -81.688500 (RCAF St. Joseph)[24]
  • St. Thomas, Ontario – R1 for No. 14 SFTS Aylmer and No. 4 B&GS Fingal
  • Salisbury, New Brunswick – R2 for No. 8 SFTS Moncton 46°02′54″N 065°04′00″W / 46.04833°N 65.06667°W / 46.04833; -65.06667 (RCAF Salisbury)[35]
  • Sandhurst, Ontario – R2 for No. 31 SFTS Kingston 44°09′18″N 076°52′00″W / 44.15500°N 76.86667°W / 44.15500; -76.86667 (RCAF Sandhurst)[21]
  • Scoudouc, New Brunswick – R1 for No. 8 SFTS Moncton[12]46°10′14″N 064°35′20″W / 46.17056°N 64.58889°W / 46.17056; -64.58889 (RCAF Scoudouc)
  • Shepard, Alberta – R1 for No. 31 EFTS DeWinton50°56′31″N 113°58′03″W / 50.94194°N 113.96750°W / 50.94194; -113.96750 (RCAF Shepard)[25]
  • Sturdee, Saskatchewan – R1 for No. 11 SFTS Yorkton 51°11′19″N 102°22′05″W / 51.18861°N 102.36806°W / 51.18861; -102.36806 (RCAF Sturdee)[33]
  • Tillsonburg, Ontario – R2 for No. 14 SFTS Aylmer
  • Valley River, Manitoba – Relief for No. 10 SFTS Dauphin51°13′41″N 100°13′00″W / 51.22806°N 100.21667°W / 51.22806; -100.21667 (RCAF Valley River)[33]
  • Vanscoy, Saskatchewan – R1 for No. 4 SFTS Saskatoon. 52°01′00″N 107°02′00″W / 52.01667°N 107.03333°W / 52.01667; -107.03333 (RCAF Vanscoy)[23]
  • Waterville, Nova Scotia – Relief for No. 8 OTU Greenwood[36] 45°03′07″N 064°39′06″W / 45.05194°N 64.65167°W / 45.05194; -64.65167
  • Welland, Ontario – R1 for No. 6 SFTS Dunnville
  • Wellington, Prince Edward Island – Relief for No. 1 GRS Summerside 46°28′30″N 064°01′00″W / 46.47500°N 64.01667°W / 46.47500; -64.01667 (RCAF Wellington)[35]
  • Whitby, Ontario – Relief for No. 20 EFTS Oshawa 43°51′25″N 078°54′37″W / 43.85694°N 78.91028°W / 43.85694; -78.91028 (RCAF Whitby)[21]
  • Whitla, Alberta – Relief for No. 34 SFTS Medicine Hat49°59′15″N 111°01′40″W / 49.98750°N 111.02778°W / 49.98750; -111.02778 (RCAF Whitla)[31]
  • Willoughby, Ontario – Relief for No. 9 EFTS St. Catharines 43°00′00″N 079°04′30″W / 43.00000°N 79.07500°W / 43.00000; -79.07500 (RCAF Willoughby)[24]
  • Woodhouse, Alberta – R1 No. 15 SFTS 49°59′35″N 113°26′41″W / 49.99306°N 113.44472°W / 49.99306; -113.44472 (RCAF Woodhouse)

Groundcrew training facilities

Site of No. 1 TTS St. Thomas, Ontario

Support facilities

See also



  1. ^ For example, Wireless Schools required a shooting range. At No. 4 WS in Guelph, an "armament building" was constructed on the Ontario Agricultural College grounds.
  2. ^ After the Fall of France the British government decided to move RAF assets out of the United Kingdom to Canada together with their RAF personnel. The first unit to move was No. 7 Service Flying Training School from Peterborough, England, which sailed for Canada on 29 August 1940. No. 7 re-opened on 7 October 1940 at Kingston, Ontario as No. 31 SFTS. All the RAF schools moved to Canada were given numbers with "31" or above to distinguish them from the original BCATP schools. The RCAF controlled their administration and operations. Starting in 1942 the RAF schools officially became part of the BCATP
  3. ^ Headquarters was at Prudential House, 55 York St., Toronto
  4. ^ No. 6 was opened at the original site of Havergal College, 354 Jarvis St., Toronto
  5. ^ For example, the aeronautical chart for 1 B&GS Jarvis shows a 140 square mile main range over Lake Erie, and 3 or 4 small "target zones" on land near the shoreline. These ranges start at Grant Point and end at Turkey Point.


  1. ^ a b Wikene 1979, pp. 47–54.
  2. ^ a b c d e Scherer 1941, pp. 4–8.
  3. ^ Hewer 2000, p. 16.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Hatch 1983
  5. ^ a b c McIntyre 1979, pp. 67–86.
  6. ^ Forsyth, Bruce. "A Short History of Abandoned and Downsized Canadian Military Bases." Archived 2013-09-04 at the Wayback Machine Canadian Military History by Bruce Forsyth, 1998. Retrieved: 24 August 2013.
  7. ^ Hatch 1983, pp. 62, 68, 69
  8. ^ a b Lougheed 2002.
  9. ^ "RCAF Station Picton". Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  10. ^ Ziegler 1973.
  11. ^ a b c Dunmore 1994,
  12. ^ a b History of Moncton
  13. ^ "41 Service Flying Training School, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, 1942–1944 (AIR 29/586)". The National Archives. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  14. ^ Stewart 1979, pp. 38–43.
  15. ^ (Anon). "Un peu d'histoire". Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  16. ^ (Anon). "History of SAIT – World War II Effort". Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  17. ^ (Anon). "Manitoba School for the Deaf/Wireless School No. 3". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  18. ^ (Anon). "No. 4 Wireless School At Guelph, 1941–1945". Guelph historical society. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  19. ^ Milberry 2010.
  20. ^ "3 AGTS". 425 Alouettes. 2019-09-29. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  21. ^ a b c d "Map: Toronto-Ottawa, Air Navigation Edition." Hydrographic and Map Service: Canada Department of Mines and Resources, Surveys and Engineering Branch, 9 March 1943.
  22. ^ "Map: Swift Current-Regina, June 1942.
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External links

  • Aeronautical Charts from the 1940s
  • Graves of BCATP Casualties in Canada
  • Royal Canadian Air Force BCATP site list
  • Station Magazines
  • WWII Air Training Sites in Huron County
  • RCAF.Info
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