Base / Station: Virden

Dates of Operation: 1941 – 1944

Integral Units: No. 19 EFTS

Remote Units:

Location: 49° 53’ N 100° 55’

Elevation: 1446’

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)

Commanding Officers:

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