Base / Station: Brandon

Period(s) of Use: 1940 – 1945

Location:

49°54’31.1″N 99°56’42.2″W

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 Integral Units:

            No. 12 SFTS

Remote Units:

Structures:

Commanding Officers:

  • Wing Commander Montcrieff – unk – 1 Sep 1942 – Source ORB
  • Wing Commander W.G. Welstead – 1 Sep 1942 – 9 Jun 1943 – Source ORB
  • Wing Commander G.H. Sellers – 9 Jun 1943 – 20 Aug 1943 – Source ORB
  • Wing Commander A.G. Goulding – 20 Aug 1943 – 10 Sep 1943 – Source ORB
  • Wing Commander T.R. Michelson – 10 Sep 1943 – 14 Jul 1944 – Source ORB
    • (as of Jan-June 1944) – Source the Aer-Log Jun 1944
  • Wing Commander H.G. Malcomson – 14 Jul 1944 – 29 Nov 1944 – Source ORB
  • Wing Commander J.M. Godfrey – 29 Nov 1944 – 30 Mar 1945 – Source ORB
  • S/L D.S. Dick – 30 Mar 1945 – – Source ORB

Unit Duties / Information:

May 16, 1941 No. 12 Service Flying Training School was opened as one of the sites under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan to expand on the training pilots received at one of the Elementary Flying Training School.

Aircraft Flown:

  • Anson and
  • Crane

Financial Impact: $1,905,374 (total cost of BCATP construction to 15 Mar 1942)

Station Magazine/Newspaper: The Aer-Log

Date / Reason for closure:

March 30, 1945 No. 12 Service Flying Training School was closed in preparation of the expiration of the BCATP agreement April 1, 1945. By this point the forecast of the war was such that there was no need to have the agreement renewed.

Site details:

Aerodrome:

Runways:

Current Status: civilian airfield, three runways still in use, two hangars, some buildings still exist

Home of the “Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum”.

Married Quarters:

Relevant links:

Other Sources:

ORB

 

Honours and Awards Presented to Graduates of No. 12 S.F.T.S.

  • DFC
    • F/O Donald Wallace Goodwin
    • A/F/L David Brady
    • F/L John Maxwell Portz
    • A/F/L William Verne Tobias
    • P/O Alan Shepherd
    • A/F/L Ralph Gordon Herbert Bar
    • F/L Albert Brawley Freeman
    • F/O James Wilson O’Driscoll
    • A/F/O Edward Martin Reesor
    • O. E.A. Holdaway (RNZAF)(ORB 14 Dec 1942)

 

Statisitics

 

RCAF

RAF

AUS

NZ

Total

Intake

1529

366

187

413

2495

Output

1243

291

120

321

1975

 

Fatalities: 26 fatalities sourced from ORB

  • LAC J.P. Seymour – R82579 – 13 Sep 1941
  • LAC W.S. Shand – R83264 – 13 Sep 1941
  • LAC H.G. Deery – NZ413387 – 24 Dec 1941
  • LAC H.F Gibson – R107632 – 16 Jan 1942
  • LAC G.H.W. Hamilton – NZ413063 – 19 Jan 1942
  • LAC R.F. Kitte – NZ412238 – 19 Jan 1942
  • F/S Patenall – 30 Apr 1942
  • Sgt A.N.M. Burkholder – 30 Apr 1942
  • Cpl A.N.M. McGuire – 30 Apr 1942
  • P/O A.B. Polley – J8150 – 11 Jun 1942
  • LAC Gordon Oswald Wilson – AUS414330 – 11 Jun 1942
  • LAC Gibson – 8 Jul 1942
  • LAC Priday – NZ416538 – 25 Jul 1942
  • LAC Willis– R118031 – 25 Jul 1942
  • Cpl McIntosh– – 25 Jul 1942
  • O. C.H. Thompson – 15 Sep 1942
  • LAC G.N. Stevenson – R134543 – 15 Sep 1942
  • Sgt W.G. Kentall – AUS420209 – 28 May 1943
  • LAC Raymond Thomas Ingley – NZ421512 – 28 May 1943
  • LAC Thomas Frampton Osborne – NZ421392 – 28 May 1943
  • LAC J.K. Ormerod – R201020 – 10 May 1944
  • O. E.S. Quantrill – J26480 – 16 May 1944
  • LAC D.G. Barnes – R206120 – 16 May 1944
  • F/O H.E. Storey – J25265 – 26 Sep 1944
  • F/O R.N. Monck – J9253 – 26 Sep 1944
  • F/O A.T. Phillips – – 9 Mar 1945

 

Aircraft:

  • Anson II
    • 7425 – Arrived from No. 33 SFTS, Carberry – 14 Jul 1944
    • 8594 – Crash 28 Aug 1944
    • FP879 – Crash 9 Mar 1945
    • 880 – Crash 16 Oct 1944
    • FP905 – Crash 20 Jan 1944
    • 908 – Category A Crash – Unknown date
  • Cessna Crane
    • 7682 – Incident 7 Dec 1942
    • 7695 – Crash 12 Jun 1944
    • 7729 – arrived 30 Apr 1941
    • 7731 – Crash 1 Nov 1941
    • 7742 – crash 2 Jul 1941
    • 7745 – Crash 11 Jun 1942
    • 7747 – crash 19 Jan 1942
    • 7756 – crash 19 Jan 1942
    • 7773
      • Crash 24 Dec 1941
    • 7776
      • Crash 25 Jul 1942
    • 7779
      • Crash 28 Oct 1942
    • 7782
      • Crash 19 Jul 1944 – D4
    • 7789
      • Crash 8 Jul 1942
    • 7793
      • Crash 21 Aug 1942
    • 7803
      • Crash 16 Oct 1944
    • 7807 – Crash 16 Jul 1941
    • 7809 – Crash 24 Oct 1941
    • 7810 – Crash 11 Jan 1942
    • 7823 – Crash 15 Aug 1941
    • 7846
      • Crash 1 Apr 43
    • 7856 – Crash 2 Nov 1942
    • 7857 – Crash 19 Jan 1944
    • 7859
      • Crash 13 Sep 1941
    • 7861
      • Crash 11 Jul 1944
    • 7884
      • 30 Apr 1942
    • 7887
      • 11 Jun 1942
    • 7891
      • Crash 1 Apr 1943
    • 7905
      • Crash 16 May 1944
    • 7948
      • Crash 2 Feb 1943
    • 8162
      • Crash 14 Mar 1944
      • Crash 16 May 1944
    • 8462
      • Crash 11 Apr 1944
    • 8660
      • Crash 28 Aug 1944
    • 8676
      • Crash 11 Apr 1944
    • 8730
      • Fire 12 Dec 1944
    • 8749
      • Crash 10 May 1944
    • 8753
      • Crash 2 Dec 1943
    • 8771
      • Crash 12 Dec 1944
    • 8794
      • Crash 12 Apr 1944
    • Unk –
      • 13 Oct 1941
      • 13 Oct 1941
      • 9 Sep 1942
      • 28 Jun 1943
    • FJ134
      • Crash 18 May 1942
    • FJ164
      • Crash 7 Apr 1943
    • FJ202
      • Crash 26 Nov 1942
      • Crash 12 Apr 1944
    • FJ230
      • Crash 26 Sep 1944
    • FJ238 May be FJ236 –
      • Crash 7 Apr 1943
    • FJ261
      • Crash 15 Sep 1942
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Timeline (Source 17 Wing Museum – Winnipeg Manitoba) – File Attached

Appear to be pulled from ORB

9 Jul 1941 – Prime Minister Mackenzie King visited the Station for a short time

16 Jul 1941 – Normal flying training. One of our most promising students on course 31 ground looped a Cessna Crane and turned it over. He was uninjured, but aircraft was Category “B” crash.

19 Jul 1941 – Official Opening. G/C Grant represented Air Commodore A.B. Shearer, Commander No. 2 District, and the Hon. J.E. Mathews, K.C. M.P. and the Hon. J.A. Glen, K.C., M.P. made brief addresses. Flying display by 10 Cessnas in formation and aerobatics by three Harvards was carried off very well. The official guests included: Priemier John Bracken, General James Kirkcaldey and Mayor F.H. Young.

6 Aug 1941 – First Wings’ Parade. After the presentation of Wings, Mayor Young of Brandon presented engraved plaque to the honour student, LAC Holdaway.

15 Aug 1941 – Visit of the Duke of Kent.

26 Aug 1941 – Visit of the Earl of Athlone, Governor General of Canada.

13 Sept 1941 – First fatal crash:

  • LAC J.P. Seymour
  • LAC W.S. Shand (sp)

17 Dec 1941 – Sgt Pilot Oliphant, Honour Student, received the City of Brandon plaque from Mayor Young at sixth wings’ parade

18 Jan 1942 – Six Brandon High School teachers (prospective cadet officers) were taken up for a flight.

25 Mar 1942 – First operation performed in station hospital by F/O Williams, a hernia on one of the airmen. Both survived ordeal.

26 Mar 1942 – In evening, concert in recreation hall by Madame Johnson and her Victory Troupe. Why are all service personnel made to suffer by the (kind) acts of these good people?

10 Apr 1942 – Course 45 Wings’ Parade. Mayor Young presented City of Brandon plaque to Honour Student, LAC Poulain of St. Boniface.

12 Apr 1942 – A/S/O Richie and 72 airwoman reported for duty.

3 Jul 1942 – LAC Badley’s aircraft lost its elevator control. F/L Mileski, O.C. No. 1 Squadron, took off immediately and flew alongside Badley for approximately two hours and succeeded in talking to the pupil over the radio and directed him down to a perfect landing without use of elevators. When Badley got out of his aircraft he was roundly cheered by 400 or 500 of the station personnel who had watched the whole incident.

1 Sep 1942 – Mess dinner in the Sergeants’ Mess for W/C Moncrieff, at which regrets departure of our C.O. (posted overseas) were expressed by the President, WO I Anderson.

4 Sep 1942 – Official handover to Station from W/C Montcrieff to S/L Welstead

13 Sep 1942 – A very fine variety show was given by the “Commandos”, a troupe of girls from Souris.

23 Sep 1942 – Course 57 staged a very successful graduation dinner in the Prince Edward Hotel. S/L Welstead, guest speaker, commented on the exceptionally high standard of the class. It is noted that ducks have appeared on the menus in all messes.

15 Oct 1942 – Visit of HRH Princess Alice. First wedding on the Station: AW I Young, C.J., cook and Cpl Parker, cook.

17 Oct 1942 – Four airwomen Meteorologists arrived, the first meteorologists (WD) on this station.

14 Nov 1942 – Sale of victory bonds total $37,200 (anticipated goal $15,000).

20 Nov 1942 – The Lifebuoy Follies from Lever Bros., Toronto put on a very excellent programme.

27 Nov 1942 – The WD ward in the hospital has been equipped with a bathtub. An airwoman is being taught to drive the gas tender.

16 Dec 1942 – Course 63 held a most successful banquet in the Prince Edward Hotel. The speaker were W/C Welstead, S/L Laing, F/L Sherrett and J. Boyd Fisher

17 Dec 1942 – Course 63 Wings’ Parade. LAC Pepper, P.B.C., Received the City of Brandon plaque.

21 Dec 1942 – The Corporals’ Club held a dinner and dance in the Prince Edward Hotel, which was enjoyed by all.

12 Jan 1943 – S/L Mileski was posted to New Zealand on liaison appointment.

18 Feb 1943 – Course 68 Wings’ Parade. LAC Lee, O.R., received the Brandon Plaque.

15 Apr 1943 – Course 71 Wings’ Parade introduced a novel feature. The parents of each graduating student presented the wings to their son. LAC Currie, N.F., of Winnipeg won the Brandon Plaque. This Parade marked the 1000th pupil to graduate.

4 Jun 1943 – First christening in the Station Chapel when F/L Bainbridge, Protestant padre, christened son of a senior NCO.

9 Jun 1943 – W/C W.G. Welstead handed over to new C.O., W/C G.H. Sellers

26 Jun 1943 – First wedding in Station Chapel was that of an airman, unnamed, conducted by F/L Cramer, Roman Catholic padre.

22 Jul 1943 – The Victory Garden is producing large quantities of vegetables for all messes and personnel are taking a keen interest in it.

23 Jul 1943 – A new member of the staff arrived today by air and, judging by his appearance, should be a source of inspiration to all personnel. He is LAM Viking, late of Winnipeg, our new mascot. He is a magnificent St. Bernard.

20 Aug 1943 – W/C A.G. Goulding replaced W/C Sellers, posted to the RCAF Staff College, Toronto.

2 Sep 1943 – Course 81 Wings’ Parade LAC Alexander, T.A., honour student, received Brandon Plaque.

10 Sep 1943 – W/C A.G. Goulding, posted to No. 18 S.F.T.S., handed over to W/C T.R. Michelson, the new C.O.

30 Sep 1943 – Course 81 Wings’ Parade. LAC Maitland, P.H., received the Brandon Plaque.

27 Jan 1944 – Course 89 Wings’ Parade. LAC James, R.L., received the Brandon Plaque.

24 Feb 1944 – Course 91 Wings’ Parade. LAC Easton, E.L., receives the Brandon Plaque.

6 May 1944 – A Winnipeg road show, “The Gloomchasers”, received enthusiastic applause.

21 Jun 1944 – The Victory Garden is progressing very satisfactorily. Personnel volunteer readily to work on it.

14 Jul 1944 – W/C T.R. Michelson handed over command to W/C H.C. Malcolmson, the former returning to the RCMP, from which he had been on leave of absence since 1939.

9 Aug 1944 – Course 99 held their Wings’ banquet in the Airmen’s Mess.

10 Aug 1944 – Course 99 Wings’ Parade. LAC Lingwood, J.E., received the Brandon Plaque.

28 Aug 1944 – A Large number of technical personnel in Maintenance Wing received notice of posting overseas.

7 Sept 1944 – Course 101 Wings’ Parade. LAC Sharpe, E.N., receives the Brandon Plaque.

6 Oct 1944 – Course 103 Wings’ Parade.

2 Nov 1944 – Course 105 Wings’ Parade.

29 Nov 1944 – W/C Malcolmson handed over command to W/C J.M. Godfrey.

25 Jan 1945 – Course 113 Wings’ Parade. WO 2 Norman, S.F.W., honour student, received the Brandon Plaque.

1 Mar 1945 – Course 118 Wings’ Parade. Sgt Pye, E.H., honour student, receives the Brandon Plaque.

29 Mar 1945 – Final B.C.A.T.P. Wings’ Parade for Courses 121 and 122.

30 Mar 1945 – S/L D.S. Dick assumed temporary command following transfer to Reserve of W/C J.M. Godfrey.

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

The Aer-Log - Station Magazine for RCAF Station Brandon & No. 12 Service Flying Training School

The Aer-Log - Jan 1944 Source The Commonweath Air Training Plan Museum
The Aer-Log - Feb 1944 Source The Commonweath Air Training Plan Museum
The Aer-Log - Mar 1944 Source The Commonweath Air Training Plan Museum
The Aer-Log - Apr 1944 Source The Commonweath Air Training Plan Museum
The Aer-Log - May 1944 Source The Commonweath Air Training Plan Museum
The Aer-Log - June 1944 Source The Commonweath Air Training Plan Museum