Base / Station: Paulson  

Dates of Operation: 1941 – 1945  

Integral Units:

  • No. 7 Bombing and Gunnery School
  • No.5 Personnel Holding Unit (-1942-04-05)  

Unit Duties / Information:

On June 23, 1941, No. 7 Bombing and Gunnery School was opened at Paulson. This schools was responsible for training Air Observers (navigators/ bomb aimers and wireless operators) in the art of air to air firing. The navigator/ bombaimer would also train in bomb aiming and release procedures. Although considered obsolete by the outset of the war, the Farey Battle was used for all aspects of training for the first year of operations. Finally, in 1942, these aircraft were replaced by the Anson, Bolingbroke, and Lysander. The Anson was used for bombing training, the Bolingbroke for gunnery training, and the Lysander was used to tow the drogues used in the air to air training.

Womens Division personel were posted to the station efective 29 Jun 1942.  

Station Newspaper/Magazine:

  • The Paulson Post

Station Concert Troop:

  • Paulson on Parade  

Courses:

  • 1941-07-21 –  – 65 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1941-08-17 – Course 12 – 63 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1941-08-30 – Course 13 – 28 Graduates – Wireless Operator/Air Gunner(WOAG)
  • 1941-08-30 – Course 23 – 39 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1941-09-13 – Course 14 – 33 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1941-09-27 – Course 15 – 54 Graduates – Wireless Operator/Air Gunner(WOAG)
  • 1941-09-27 – Course 25 – 39 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1941-10-11 – Course 16 – 31 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1941-10-25 – No numbers
  • 1941-11-08 – Course 18 – 36 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1941-11-22 – Course 29 – 38 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1941-11-22 – Course 19 – 19 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1941-12-20 – Course 31 – 26 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1941-12-20 – Course 21 – 42 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1941-12-30 – Course 22 – 13 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1942-01-17 – Course 23 – 24 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1942-01-17 – Course 32A – 22 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1942-01-31 – Course 24 – 36 Graduates – Air Gunner (AG)   
  • 1942-01-31 – Course 24 – 1 Graduates – Wireless Operator/Air Gunner(WOAG)
  • 1942-01-31 – Course 33 – 18 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1942-02-14 – Course 34 – 20 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1942-02-14 – Course 25 – 32 Graduates – Air Gunner (AG) 
  • 1942-02-28 – Course 35 – 17 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1942-02-28 – Course 26 – 29 Graduates – Air Gunner (AG)   
  • 1942-03-14 – Course 27 – 39 Graduates – Air Gunner (AG)   
  • 1942-03-14 – Course 36 – 25 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1942-03-28 – Course  – 29 Graduates – Air Gunner (AG)   
  • 1942-03-28 – Course  – 24 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1942-04-11 – Course 27 – 34 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1942-04-11 – Course 38 – 25 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1942-04-25 – Course 28 – 33 Graduates – Air Gunner (AG)  
  • 1942-04-25 – Course 28 – 3 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)  
  • 1942-04-25 – Course 39 – 22 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)
  • 1942-05-09 – Course 29 – 36 Graduates – Wireless Air Gunner (WAG)
  • 1942-05-09 – Course 40 – 24 Graduates – Air Observer (AO)

Aircraft Flown:

  • Farey Battle (41-42),
  • Anson (42-45),
  • Bolingbroke (42- 45), and
  • Lysander (42-45)  

Financial Impact:

$2,061,256 (total cost of BCATP construction to 15 Mar 1942)  

Commanding Officers: –  

  • Wing Commander R.A. Cameron ( – 1941-08-16 –  
  • Wing Commander W.I. Riddell (1941-08-16 -) –  
  • Wing Commander R.F. Gibb (1941-12-31 -) –  
  • Group Captain W.E. Dipple (1942-01-06 -)  

Date / Reason for closure:

February 2, 1945 No. 7 Bombing and Gunnery School was closed due to the surplus of trained air observers and the nearing of the end to the war. Also influencing the decision to close Paulson was the fact that the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan agreement was to expire at the end of March 1945 and the RCAF was going through an accelerated phase-out of bases in the Plan.  

Fatalities:

  • 1941-11-09 – R97211 LAC Heal, Kenneth Edgar
  • 1942-09-02 – 1332655 Sgt Pilot Ogden, Alan (RAF)
  • 1942-09-02 – 1385640 Sgt Pilot Lowe, Clement Peter Pruvot (RAF)  

Current Status:

abandoned airfield, condition unknown  

Relevant links:  

RCAF Aerodrome Paulson, Manitoba. Image frome the RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases circa 1942.
The Paulson Post - Sept 1942 Source The Commonweath Air Training Plan Museum
The Paulson Post - Oct 1942 Source The Commonweath Air Training Plan Museum
The Paulson Post - Nov 1942 Source The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
The Paulson Post - Jan 1943 Missing Title Page, If you have a copy please contact me. Source The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
The Paulson Post - Feb 1943 Source The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
The Paulson Post - Jun 1943 Source The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
The Paulson Post - Oct 1943 Source The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
The Paulson Post - Dec 1943 Source The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum