Base / Station: Virden
Dates of Operation: 1941 – 1944
Integral Units: No. 19 EFTS
Location: 49° 53’ N 100° 55’
Unit Duties / Information: No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School was opened at Virden May 16, 1941 to provide primary training for entrants into the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Upon graduation from No. 19 EFTS, the students were wings qualified and sent on to a Service Flying Training School for more advanced training.
Aircraft Flown: Cornell and Tiger Moth
Financial Impact: $492,926 (total cost of BCATP construction to 15 Mar 1942)
Date / Reason for closure: No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School was closed December 15, 1944 as the need for primary training for pilots was reduced and in accordance with the accelerated phase-out plan for the BCATP.
Current Status: abandoned airfield, no base buildings believed to exist
Airfield: Circular turf all way airfield 3600’ in diameter. This may be the only field of this configuration used in the BCATP.
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