Base / Station:  RCAF Station Bowden

Dates of Operation or Period of Information: 1941-44

Unit Duties / Information:  No.32 EFTS opened by RAF 12 July 1941, taken over by Edmonton Flying Club 13 July 1942.

Remote Unit:

Site Plan:

Aircraft Flown

  • Tiger Moths
  • Stearman
  • Cornell

Buildings:

  • H1 – Hanger –
  • H2 – Hanger –
  • 1 – Headquarters & GIS
  • 2 – Officers Quarters
  • 3 – Officers Mess
  • 4 – NCO Quarters
  • 5 – NCO Mess
  • 6 – Other Ranks Quarters
  • 7 – Civilian NCO Quarters
  • 8 – Other Ranks Mess
  • 9 – Canteen
  • 10 – Drill Hall
  • 11 – Workshop
  • 12 – Stores, Tech & Quartermaster
  • 13 – Guard House and Post Office
  • 14 – Maintenance and Transport Section
    • A – 4 Bay Garage
    • B – 3 Bay Garage
    • C – 4 Bay Garage
    • D – Repair Shop
  • 15 – __ Maintenance Section
  • 16 – Link Trainer (Qty 6)
  • 17 – 25 Yard Range & Stop Butt
  • 18 – Coal Storage Compound
  • 19 – Sick Quarters (15 Bed)
  • 20 – Control Tower (Hanger 2)
  • 21 – Recreation Hall
  • 22 – Gas Storage Tanks (30,000 Gal)
  • 23 – Fire Hall
  • 24 – Oil and Paint Storage
  • 25 – Reservoir & Pump House
  • Incinerator

Commanding Officers:

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for Closure:  25 September 1944,  decreased requirement for aircrew.

Current Status:  Bowden Institution – Federal Penitentary, aerodrome abandoned.

Relivant Links:

RCAF Aerodrome Bowden, Alberta. Image frome the RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases circa 1942.