Base / Station:  Pearce

Dates of Operation or Period of Information:  1942-45

Integral Units:

  • No.2 FIS
  • No.3 AOS det.
  • No.3 AOS
  • No.36 EFTS

Unit Duties / Information:

Aircraft Flown:

  • No.2 FIS
    • various
  • No.3 AOS det./No.3 AOS
    • Anson,
    • Crane,
    • Stinson
  • No.36 EFTS
    • Tiger Moth,
    • Stearman

Commanding Officers:

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for Closure:

  • station 20 Jan 1945, reduced need for aircrew
  • No.3 AOS det. 12 Sep 42-1 Jan 43
  • No.3 AOS 1 Jan 43- 6 May 43
  • No.36 EFTS 17 Mar 42-31 Aug 42

Current Status:  abandoned

Relivant Links:


Story from facebook 26 Feb 2013 – Posted by Peter Whitfield in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada Facebook Group

LAC Ray Wise was stationed at No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary. On 5 Sept. 45, “Tiger Force” was disbanded, as the two Atomic bombs ended WW II with Japan. On that same date, RCAF orders posted four mechanics from Calgary to the closed base at Pearce, Alberta. Your photo under Lancaster “L for Lanky” shows the four members – L to R Cpl. Edge [In charge] LAC Wyers, LAC Ray Wise and LAC Cook. These four lived in a rented house in Fort Macled and drove to work at Pearce each day in a closed panel 1/2 ton RCAF truck. Pearce had been closed for over a year and had no staff on site. They carried all thier tools each day and opened the base. On 8 Sept. the first of 83 veteran Lancaster bombers began to arrive. In a few days, the attached photo from Ray Wise shows Pearce, around mid-Sept. 1945. after the first Alberta snow storm. [This may show up in your collection]?

Each day, the four mechanics would start the four merlins on the 83 Lancs and let them warm up. Ferry pilots would arrive and fly the Lancs to other RCAF Stations in Alberta for long-term storage. After six months only twelve or so Lancs. remained and they were placed into long-term storage at Pearce. I have all these recorded in order with nose art, but it is with Don Smith. Many of the nose art images in the Wise collection show one or two of the original mechanics in the cockpit, and it is possible these were all taken by Lloyd Kilby?

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

The Elevator - Station Magazine - Pearce, Alberta - No. 36 Elementary Flying Training School

The Elevator - Jul 1942 Source 1 Canadian Air Division History and Heritage