RCAF Station High River
RCAF Station High River was a station of the Royal Canadian Air Force located at High River, Canada. The Canadian Air Board began operating the High River Air Station in January 1921 after having moved the station from Morley, where the weather was discovered to be too erratic and dangerous for flying. In the early days, the station had an civil function and was the largest in Canada with ten war-surplus aircraft that were part of the Imperial Gift provided to Canada by Britain after the First World War. In late 1922 when the Air Board and the fledgling Canadian Air Force was reorganized, operations at High River became the responsibility of the Canadian Air Force, and when the Royal Canadian Air Force was formed in 1924, the station became a Royal Canadian Air Force station: RCAF Station High River. Most of the flying operations consisted of fire-spotting forestry patrols over the mountains and foothills to the west, which were flown by No. 2 Squadron. The aircraft used was the DH.4. Late in 1924 Avro Vipers began to be used, in 1928 De Havilland Cirrus 60 Moths were added.
Two patrols were made daily, to the Clearwater and Crowsnest Forest Reserves. One patrol flew north as far as the Clearwater River, one south to the International Boundary. Substations were built at Pincher Creek in the south and Eckville in the north to increase patrol efficiency. In 1928, a substation was constructed at Grande Prairie to enable the patrolling of the Peace River Country. Of the early Canadian air stations, High River was the most active, with 215 flights flown on forest patrols. Other responsibilities of the station included aerial photography, parachute experimentation, aircraft testing, aerial pesticide spraying. In the early 1920s the station became involved with experimenting with radio. Wireless equipment was developed in cooperation with the Canadian Corps of Signals to develop radio signals to be broadcast over distances greater than 300 km; the most powerful radio transmitter in North America began operating from the High River Air Station in 1922. After jurisdiction for natural resource management was transferred to the Province of Alberta in 1930, fire towers were built and spotting aircraft were no longer necessary.
Fire-spotting patrols ceased. Other activities such as aircraft testing continued until the station closed on March 31, 1931; the station did, remain as an aircraft storage facility until the beginning of the Second World War when the station was reactivated to train pilots for wartime service. RCAF Station High River was a major participant in British Commonwealth Air Training Plan aircrew training during the war. No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School was established at High River in 1941 using civilian instructors from the Calgary Aero Club. De Havilland Tiger Moths were the first aircraft used, they were replaced by Fairchild Cornells. An unprepared emergency and practice landing field known as a relief landing field, was located on the dry lakebed of nearby Frank Lake. In 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 50°36′N 113°51′W with a Var. 23 degrees E and elevation of 3,400 feet. The field was listed as "Irregular all-way turf field" and had three runways listed as follows: In 1942 the relief aerodrome was listed at 50°33′N 113°43′W with a Var. 23 degrees E and elevation of 3,295 feet.
The field was listed as "Dry Lake Bed" and was located at Frank Lake, east of High River, was marked as a square measuring: N-S - 2,640 feet E-W - 2,640 feet The High River aerodrome closed in December 1944. The site is used for private commercial purposes, it should not be confused with the present High River Airport, in a different location. Hatch, F. J. Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan 1939–1945. Ottawa: Canadian Department of National Defence, 1983. ISBN 0-660-11443-7. Retrieved 2010-04-26. Milberry, Larry. Sixty Years - The RCAF and CF Air Command 1924 - 1984. Toronto: Canav Books, 1984. ISBN 0-9690703-4-9. Roberts, Leslie. There Shall Be Wings. Toronto: Clark, Irwin and Co. Ltd. 1959. No ISBN. Fencelines and Furrows Historical Book Society. Fencelines and Furrows. First Edition, 1969. No ISBN. Retrieved 2018-07-10 Bruce Forsyth's Canadian Military History Page - Abandoned Bases: No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School Retrieved 2014-05-23 Smith, D. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Aerial Reconnaissance in the Canadian Rockies During the 1920s.
Western Division, Canadian Association of Geographers. Western Geography 7 Retrieved 2016-04-07 The High River Air Station and No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School Retrieved 2016-04-07 Staff writer. Pilots Handbook of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases Vol. 2. Royal Canadian Air Force. Air station description from bombercommandmuseum.ca
RCAF Station Vulcan
RCAF Station Vulcan referred to as RCAF Aerodrome Vulcan, was a Second World War flying training station located southwest of the town of Vulcan, Canada. It was one station of many that were established in Canada under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan; the Vulcan aerodrome hosted No. 2 Flying Instructor School, formally established at the station on 3 August 1942. However No. 2 FIS started training at RCAF Station Claresholm on 27 April 1942 under the control of No. 15 Service Flying Training School. The aircraft used were Cornells, Fawns, Harvards, Tiger Moths and Ansons. On 3 May 1943, No. 2 FIS moved to the Pearce aerodrome near Fort Macleod and No. 19 Service Flying Training School took over the facilities, training future bomber pilots using the Anson. No. 19 SFTS ceased operation on April 14, 1945. Relief or auxiliary landing fields were located at Champion. In 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 50°20′N 113°21′W with a Var. 23 degrees E and elevation of 3,400 feet. Three runways were listed as follows: The primary Relief Landing Field for RCAF Station Vulcan was located east of the community of Ensign, Alberta.
In 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 50°29′N 113°20′W with a Var. 23 degrees E and elevation of 2,434 feet. Three runways were listed as follows: The secondary Relief Landing Field for RCAF Station Vulcan was located southwest of the community of Champion, Alberta. In 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 50°13′N 113°11′W with a Var. 23 degrees E and elevation of 3,200 feet. The aerodrome was listed as "Turf" and "All-way field" with two runways listed as follows: For a period of time the old station operated as the Vulcan Industrial Airport. Although the runways still exist, the aerodrome has seen many aircraft since the war. Six of the original seven hangars remain standing; the remaining hangars are used for private industrial purposes. Three of the building owners are working to restore their hangars. In 2009 new ownership began re-invigorating the airport and in 2011 was reopened as Vulcan/Kirkcaldy Aerodrome and is being operated by Wheatland Industries; the aerodrome is being used by private aircraft and one spray plane company.
This is the main operating field for the Southern Alberta Gliding Centre of the Air Cadet Gliding Program. Vulcan Airport BCATP Information from Bombercrew.com Retrieved: 2010-09-20 Bruce Forsyth - Canadian Military History - Alberta Retrieved: 2015-02-22
Minoru Park is a park located on the site of a former horse-racing track and airstrip in Richmond, British Columbia. The Minoru Park's running track is used by School District 38 Richmond for school competitions, such as track and field; the area is home to the Minoru Arenas, Minoru Track, Minoru Aquatic Centre and Richmond Cultural Centre. All these facilities account for the bulk of community services offered by the city. Minoru was one of the first major aviation hubs in Western Canada. Named after King Edward VII's Epsom Derby-winning Irish thoroughbred racehorse, the area started out as a horse-racing track on August 21, 1909, to an audience of 7,000. One year on March 25, 1910, the first-ever Canadian airplane flight west of Winnipeg took off from Minoru Racetrack, with 3,500 witnesses on hand; the plane was manned by Charles K. Hamilton; this event is credited for the Vancouver International Airport being located in Richmond rather than another municipality in Metro Vancouver. Another year on April 28, 1911, William Templeton flew a homemade biplane at Minoru.
This was the first plane to be flown over Metro Vancouver. Templeton would become the first manager of Vancouver International Airport. On May 24, 1912, the first parachute jump in Canada was made in Minoru Park by Charles Saunders. American Alys McKey Bryant became the first woman in Canada to make a solo flight, taking off from Minoru Park on July 31, 1913. In early August 1919, the first-ever flight in Canada to cross the Rocky Mountains took off from Minoru Park, it was manned by Vancouver's Ernest Charles Hoy. The trip took 42 minutes, it was the first airmail delivery across the Rocky Mountains. Minoru Park, shut down during the First World War, re-opened in 1920 as Brighouse Park, named after Richmond and Vancouver pioneer and farmer Samuel Brighouse. One of the more interesting incidents that took place at Minoru Park involves Vancouver's most elected mayor, L. D. Taylor. In 1928, he was on board the first flight from Victoria to Metro Vancouver; the plane landed at Minoru Park, a crowd was waiting there because of Taylor's appearance.
Taylor stepped out of the plane and as he was walking towards the crowd, he was struck by the plane's propeller. He was up and about only weeks later. A local aviation pioneer commented, "It sliced off the top of his head, you know, knocked him unconscious, they said if he'd had an ounce more brains he'd have been a dead man."Richmond and Lulu Island's first-ever church, Minoru Chapel built in 1891, was moved and rebuilt at Minoru Park in 1967, designated a heritage building. In 1968, it was converted to an interdenominational chapel housing weddings and funerals. Today, Minoru Park is home to the city's cultural and community services: The Richmond Library and Cultural Centre is home to the City of Richmond Archives, Richmond Museum, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond Arts Centre and Media Lab, the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library, it hosts arts and crafts clubs on the second floor, as well as other community societies. The Minoru Aquatic Centre houses two lap pools -- Centennial -- and one teach/kids pool.
The facility houses a co-ed sauna and two hot tubs. Most of the swimming lessons offered by the city take place here, as well as the water-based first aid training for residents. Swim competitions no longer take place here. In addition, some films and TV shows are known to shoot some of their scenes here. Swimming lessons offered include the Canadian Red Cross's Red Cross Swim Kids program and the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada's Bronze program. Minoru Arenas is home to the Richmond Sockeyes; the building houses two skating rinks: one for general skates and hockey practices, the other for hockey games and tournaments, complete with spectator stands. Annually during Christmas time, the latter is decorated to a "Christmas Wonderland" theme, free skating time is offered in exchange for a donation to the food bank. In 1996 the arena hosted the IIHL Women's Pacific Rim Championship. In November 2006, the UBC Thunderbirds hockey team from the University of British Columbia moved to Minoru Arenas, using it as one of their temporary home arenas while their new stadium, the UBC Winter Sports Centre, is being constructed.
Located in Minoru Park, Latrace Field is home to the Richmond AutoBody Budgies Senior Men's Baseball Club, as well the Lower Mainland Baseball League. Clement Track was built on the site of the former horse-racing track. Today, it is home of the Kajaks Track & Field Club established in 1961. Clement Track is used for running competitions and for general recreational use. There are two school events annually: the Richmond School District's Track and Field Meets taking place throughout the month of May, where schools from the school district come to compete, the BC Elementary Track & Field Championship hosted by Kajaks TFC where athletes age 9-13 come and compete over a 3 day festival track & field meet; the length of the Minoru Track is 400 metres. The rest of the park features a park, some soccer fields and several outdoor tennis courts
Provinces and territories of Canada
The provinces and territories of Canada are the sub-national governments within the geographical areas of Canada under the authority of the Canadian Constitution. In the 1867 Canadian Confederation, three provinces of British North America—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, the Province of Canada —were united to form a federated colony, becoming a sovereign nation in the next century. Over its history, Canada's international borders have changed several times, the country has grown from the original four provinces to the current ten provinces and three territories. Together, the provinces and territories make up the world's second-largest country by area. Several of the provinces were former British colonies, Quebec was a French colony, while others were added as Canada grew; the three territories govern the rest of the area of the former British North America. The major difference between a Canadian province and a territory is that provinces receive their power and authority from the Constitution Act, 1867, whereas territorial governments have powers delegated to them by the Parliament of Canada.
The powers flowing from the Constitution Act are divided between the Government of Canada and the provincial governments to exercise exclusively. A change to the division of powers between the federal government and the provinces requires a constitutional amendment, whereas a similar change affecting the territories can be performed unilaterally by the Parliament of Canada or government. In modern Canadian constitutional theory, the provinces are considered to be sovereign within certain areas based on the divisions of responsibility between the provincial and federal government within the Constitution Act 1867, each province thus has its own representative of the Canadian "Crown", the lieutenant governor; the territories are not sovereign, but instead their authorities and responsibilities come directly from the federal level, as a result, have a commissioner instead of a lieutenant governor. Notes: There are three territories in Canada. Unlike the provinces, the territories of Canada have no inherent sovereignty and have only those powers delegated to them by the federal government.
They include all of mainland Canada north of latitude 60° north and west of Hudson Bay, as well as most islands north of the Canadian mainland. The following table lists the territories in order of precedence. Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia were the original provinces, formed when several British North American colonies federated on July 1, 1867, into the Dominion of Canada and by stages began accruing the indicia of sovereignty from the United Kingdom. Prior to this and Quebec were united as the Province of Canada. Over the following years, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island were added as provinces; the British Crown had claimed two large areas north-west of the Canadian colony, known as Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory and assigned them to the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1870, the company relinquished its claims for £300,000, assigning the vast territory to the Government of Canada. Subsequently, the area was re-organized into the province of the Northwest Territories; the Northwest Territories were vast at first, encompassing all of current northern and western Canada, except for the British holdings in the Arctic islands and the Colony of British Columbia.
The British claims to the Arctic islands were transferred to Canada in 1880, adding to the size of the Northwest Territories. The year of 1898 saw the Yukon Territory renamed as Yukon, carved from the parts of the Northwest Territories surrounding the Klondike gold fields. On September 1, 1905, a portion of the Northwest Territories south of the 60th parallel north became the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1912, the boundaries of Quebec and Manitoba were expanded northward: Manitoba's to the 60° parallel, Ontario's to Hudson Bay and Quebec's to encompass the District of Ungava. In 1869, the people of Newfoundland voted to remain a British colony over fears that taxes would increase with Confederation, that the economic policy of the Canadian government would favour mainland industries. In 1907, Newfoundland acquired dominion status. In the middle of the Great Depression in Canada with Newfoundland facing a prolonged period of economic crisis, the legislature turned over political control to the Newfoundland Commission of Government in 1933.
Following Canada's participation in World War II, in a 1948 referendum, a narrow majority of Newfoundland citizens voted to join the Confederation, on March 31, 1949, Newfoundland became Canada's tenth province. In 2001, it was renamed Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1903, the Alaska Panhandle Dispute fixed British Columbia's northwestern boundary; this was one of only two provinces in Canadian history to have its size reduced. The second reduction, in 1927, occurred when a boundary dispute between Canada and the Dominion of Newfoundland saw Labrador increased at Quebec's expense – this land returned to Canada, as part of the province of Newfoundland, in 1949. In 1999, Nunavut was created from the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories. Yukon lies in the western portion of Northern Canada. All t
Edmonton City Centre (Blatchford Field) Airport
Edmonton City Centre Airport called Blatchford Field, was an airport located within the city of Edmonton, in Alberta, Canada. It was bordered by Yellowhead Trail to the north, Kingsway to the south, 121 Street to the west, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Jefferson armouries to the east, it encompassed 144 acres of land just north of the city centre of Edmonton. The airport was called Blatchford Field, named for former mayor Kenneth Alexander Blatchford, it was known as the Edmonton Municipal Airport as Edmonton Industrial Airport, Edmonton City Centre Airport ending as Blatchford Field at Edmonton City Centre Airport. Over the years, the three letter code "YXD" continued to be used for the airport by all of the airlines serving the airfield; the airport was closed in November 2013, as of 2018, the land is being redeveloped by the City of Edmonton as a planned community called Blatchford. The airport has a rich aviation history. Characters such as Wop May, a World War I fighter ace and bush pilot, helped pioneer aviation in Alberta and Northern Canada, further solidifying Blatchford Field as the "Gateway to the North".
Along with May, the Mayor of Edmonton, Kenny Blatchford, had played a key role in establishing the airport in 1927. Blatchford's son, Howard Peter Blatchford, became a fighter ace in WWII. Wiley Post landed at the airport during both of his circumnavigations; the airport served as a military airbase during World War II, when it was a major stop-over on the Northwest Staging Route and hosted two British Commonwealth Air Training Plan schools. No. 2 Air Observer School, operated by Canadian Airways and Canadian Pacific Airlines, opened at RCAF Station Edmonton on August 5, 1940. That year, on November 11, the Royal Canadian Air Force established No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School, operated by the Edmonton Flying Club. Upon winding down of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, No. 2 AOS was closed on July 14, 1944. During this period, in about 1942, the aerodrome was listed at 53°34′N 113°31′W with a Var. 25 degrees E and elevation of 2,185 feet. The facility was listed as being a Department of Transport and RCAF Aerodrome and had three runways, listed as follows: A weather station was established in 1937.
Over the years since its site witnessed increasing influence by the urban heat island effect. By the mid-1970s, "Edmonton Municipal A." was recording some of the longest frost-free periods in the Prairie Provinces, with the first fall frost not coming before October. In 1950, the airport was a stop on an international route operated by Northwest Airlines between the U. S. and Asia. According to the September 24, 1950 Northwest Airlines system timetable, the air carrier was operating Douglas DC-4 propliner service on a routing of New York City - Washington, D. C. - Chicago - Minneapolis/St. Paul - Edmonton - Anchorage - Tokyo four days a week with continuing service to Okinawa and Manila or Taipei depending on the day of the week. By the late 1950s, three Canadian-based airlines were providing primary scheduled passenger air service at the airport: major air carriers Canadian Pacific Air Lines and Trans-Canada Air Lines as well as regional air carrier Pacific Western Airlines. In 1959, Canadian Pacific was operating international service to Europe with four nonstop flights a week flown with Douglas DC-6B "Empress" propliners between Edmonton and Amsterdam with these flights originating and terminating in Vancouver and was operating local domestic service with Convair 240 prop aircraft to Grande Prairie and Fort St. John, British Columbia.
A year earlier in 1958, Trans-Canada was flying Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation and Canadair North Star propliners in addition to Vickers Viscount turboprops on nonstop services to Vancouver, Toronto and Saskatoon as well as direct, no change of plane flights to Montreal. According to the June 1, 1958 Trans-Canada Air Lines system timetable, the air carrier was operating five nonstop departures a day to Calgary with Viscount propjets. Pacific Western was operating regional services from the airport in 1959 with Curtiss C-46 and Douglas DC-4 prop aircraft to a number of Canadian destinations located north of Edmonton including Fort McMurray, Fort Smith, Fort Resolution, Fort Vermilion, Hay River, Norman Wells, Peace River, Uranium City, Yellowknife. By 1964, Pacific Western had expanded its domestic service from the airport with the addition of regional flights to Cambridge Bay, Dawson Creek, Fort Simpson and Wrigley as well as to the Resolute Bay Airport in the Arctic, the northernmost destination in Canada served by scheduled airline flights.
By 1968, Pacific Western had introduced Convair 640 turboprop aircraft on many of its flights from the airport and had introduced its "Chieftain Airbus" shuttle service linking Edmonton and Calgary operated with Douglas DC-6 propliners with six round trip nonstop flights a day between the two cities. According to the June 24, 1968 Pacific Western system timetable, Douglas DC-6 and DC-6B passenger aircraft as well as all-cargo DC-4 aircraft were being operated by the airline to destinations located north of Edmonton; the jet age arrived at the airport in 1969 when Pacific Western introduced Boeing 737-200 jetliners with nonstop fligh
Canadian Forces Station Ladner
Canadian Forces Station Ladner is a former military airfield and communications station located beside Boundary Bay and 2.5 nautical miles east of Ladner in Delta, British Columbia, south of Vancouver and close to the U. S. border. After its closure it was reopened as Boundary Bay Airport. After the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan came into effect in 1939, the Royal Canadian Air Force began looking for locations at which to train aircrew for the Second World War. Boundary Bay was one location, selected, in 1940, land from three farms was appropriated for an airport. Construction proceeded as boggy areas had to be filled with hay and gravel, but gravel roads and runways were in place for the airfield's opening on 10 April 1941. No. 18 Elementary Flight Training School was the first unit established at the newly created Royal Canadian Air Force Station Boundary Bay. Flying De Havilland Tiger Moth biplanes, No. 18 EFTS's training was provided by private civilian instructors. The Aerodrome was opened by Prime Minister MacKenzie-King on 2 July 1941 with all the pomp and circumstance one might expect to find in a small patriotic community at war.
A huge air demonstration was put on by the school instructors to the delight of hundreds of local spectators. This school was sponsored by the Aero Club of B. C and named the Vancouver Air Training Co. Ltd.. Less than one year before the VATC had established No. 8 EFTS stationed at RCAF Station Sea Island On 25 May 1942, No. 18 EFTS was disbanded as a direct result of the attack on the American Naval station at Pearl Harbor. It was felt that the West coast was now vulnerable to attack by the Japanese and Boundary Bay was the most advantageous location for a fighter Squadron to protect Vancouver and the surrounding Coast. No. 18's personnel and equipment were transferred to Royal Air Force No. 33 RAF EFTS in RCAF Station Caron, where the civilian staff took over operations from RAF staff. Between early 1942 and April 1944 there were three operational fighter squadrons rotated through Boundary. No. 133 Squadron, equipped with Hawker Hurricanes was the first. 132, both of which flew Curtiss Kittyhawks, were assigned later.
On 1 April 1944 No. 5 Operational Training Unit, was established at Boundary Bay. No. 5 OTU was created for the purpose of training Commonwealth crews to fly the American-built Consolidated Liberator. By 1944 the Royal Air Force had decided to increase bombing operations in Southeast Asia and the Pacific and the bomber of choice was the B-24. Boundary Bay was chosen because of its close proximity to the mountains and ocean which, it was believed, helped to create similar flying conditions that would be found in the future theater of operations. In addition to the Liberator, the North American Mitchell was used as a stepping stone to the four-engined Liberators. Other aircraft used by the unit included the Bristol Bolingbroke for target-towing, the Curtiss Kittyhawk for fighter affiliation exercises and a Noorduyn Norseman as a utility aircraft. Shortly after the first course graduated, it was decided that the crews would require additional air gunners. Therefore, a satellite unit was needed to facilitate the additional staff.
On 15 July 1944 No. 5 OTU Abbotsford Detachment was created and the Liberators moved to Abbotsford. Boundary Bay was now responsible for the initial training and the Liberator crews would graduate out of Abbotsford. After the war, the airport was no longer needed. No. 5 OTU left the airfield on 31 October 1945, the RCAF decommissioned the station in 1946. RCAF Boundary Bay's last official function of the war was to act as a demobilisation centre for the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1942 the aerodrome was listed as RACF Aerodrome - Boundary Bay, British Columbia at 49°05′N 123°01′W with a Var. 24 degrees 20' E and elevation of 4.5 feet. The aerodrome was listed with three runways as follows: The site was left unused until it was transferred to Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1949. Re-established as the Vancouver Wireless Station callsign WVS, the site operated radio equipment for communication and gathering signals intelligence; the Vancouver Wireless Station had facilities much like other post-war bases, including singles quarters, 150 permanent married quarters, dining halls and messes, a Medical Inspection Room, administration building, gymnasium with a sport field with 2 ball diamonds and tennis courts, a chapel and automotive shops, a grocery store, engineering & transport sections and a firehall.
Most of these facilities were located on a property directly north of the airfield. When the Canadian Forces were unified in 1968, the site was renamed Canadian Forces Station Ladner; the downsizing associated with unification would soon hit CFS Ladner, in 1971 it was permanently closed. Following the closure of the base, the site was used by the community of Ladner for picnics, public fairs and auto racing; when it became apparent that Vancouver International Airport could no longer sustain general aviation and commercial traffic, Transport Canada proposed reactivating Boundary Bay for general aviation. The airport underwent restoration, on 11 July 1983 two of the three runways were reopened as Boundary Bay Airport; the other runway and some ramp space was made available for other events. The municipality of Delta maintains the area north of the airport as North 40 Park Reserve, which includes a large off-leash dog area and features interpretive historical signs throughout what was the residential quarters area of the base.
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RCAF Station Pearce
RCAF Station Pearce or RCAF Aerodrome Pearce or BCATP Station Pearce, was a Second World War training air station of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. It was located northeast of Fort Macleod, Canada; the Pearce aerodrome was the home of three training schools: No. 36 Elementary Flying Training School, a Royal Air Force school which operated from March - August 1942. No. 2 FIS operated from May 1943 to January 1945. In 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 49°50′N 113°15′W with a variation of 23 degrees east and elevation of 3,110 ft. Three runways were listed as follows: In 1945, after the end of the war in the Pacific, Avro Lancaster bombers which the RCAF intended to be used against Japan as part of the Tiger Force were flown to Pearce for storage and dispersal. According to one source, 83 Lancasters arrived at the airfield on a single afternoon in September, with many of their pilots putting on an impromptu airshow before landing their aircraft for the last time; the aerodrome is still visible today.
A memorial cairn has been installed at the site of the original guard house to inform visitors of the station's history. BCATP Information from Bombercrew.com Retrieved April 4, 2011 BCATP Pearce from bombercommandmuseum.ca Retrieved April 4, 2011 Bruce Forsyth's Canadian Military History Page Retrieved April 4, 2011