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Royal Canadian Air Force Station Moncton:

Originally established at the Moncton Airport in 1940, under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, as RCAF Station Lakeburn. The station featured 40 buildings including a 40 bed hospital, 5 double-sized hangars, barracks, mess halls and recreation facilities.

No. 8 Service Flying Training School (No. 8 SFTS) opened at the station on 23 December 1940, operating under contract by the Moncton Flying Club on behalf of the RCAF. Relief Landing Fields were constructed at Sailsbury and Scoudouc, although the later became No. 4 Repair Depot in September 1941.

No. 8 SFTS moved to Weyburn, Saskatchewan in January 1944, where it remained until it closed in 1944.

No. 164 Heavy Transport Squadron was formed at Lakeburn in January 1943 and one year later, the base was re-named RCAF Station Moncton, coinciding with the establishment of No. 21 Repair Depot. Both units remained at RCAF Station Moncton until 1945, when No. 164 (Heavy Transport) Squadron relocated to RCAF Station Dartmouth and No. 21 RD disbanded. No. 6 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit briefly assumed No. 21’s duties before it too disbanded.

With the end of the war, activity at RCAF Station Moncton was greatly reduced. The station reverted to a civilian airport, but the RCAF maintained a presence at the station. During the 1960s, No. 8 Air Movements Unit also maintained a detachment in the terminal building.

No. 5 Supply Depot, located in downtown Moncton, also maintained a detachment in five of the old hangars; a detachment that would survive until the 1990s, when the Air Force finally left the Moncton Airport.

The airport is now officially known as the Greater Moncton International Airport.

Only one of the original seven World War II era hangars remain, utilized by Irving Oil. All other buildings are long gone. The gunnery backstop remained standing until 2003, when it was finally demolished. Only two of the original six runways (Moncton had a double-runway triangle pattern airfield) remain in use, with a third used as a taxiway. The other runways were eventually broken up. A new Terminal building was opened at the airport in 2002 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In 2011, a multi-government infrastructure program resulted in Moncton Airport’s runway being extended by 4,350 feet to 10,500 feet.

Source material: DND press releases from May 1989 & February 1994, information supplied by John Allain Corporation of the City of Moncton (1999), information supplied by Claude Despres, Corporation of the City of Moncton (1999), “History of Aviation in the Greater Moncton Area” by Jim Kinne (1987), information supplied by Bill Soucoup, Constable, RCMP Patrol Section Codiac Regional RCMP Detachment Moncton (1999), Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak, the Greater Moncton Airport Authority web site – http://www.gma.ca/english/corp/history.asp, “The History of Monction 1855-1965” by Lloyd Machum, Canadian Aviator Magazine Feb. 28, 2011 & information supplied by Don McClure, Greater Moncton Airport Authority (2003).


 

Royal Canadian Air Force Detachment Sailsbury:

Opened in 1940 as a Relief Landing Field for No. 8 SFTS at Lakeburn. The Detachment closed at the end of WWII.

The former RCAF Detachment Sailsbury is now owned by Irving Oil, who built a Big Stop car and truck service centre on part of the property, along with a helicopter pad. Unlike most Relief Landing Fields, there were no buildings or hangars at the Detachment and thus, nothing remains today.

Source material: DND press releases from May 1989 & February 1994, information supplied by John Allain Corporation of the City of Moncton (1999), information supplied by Claude Despres, Corporation of the City of Moncton (1999), “History of Aviation in the Greater Moncton Area” by Jim Kinne (1987), information supplied by Bill Soucoup, Constable, RCMP Patrol Section Codiac Regional RCMP Detachment Moncton (1999) & information supplied by Don McClure, Greater Moncton Airport Authority (2003).


Royal Canadian Air Force Station Scoudouc:

Originally established in 1940 as a relief landing field for No. 8 SFTS at Lakeburn. In September 1941, the aerodrome changed its function when it became the home of No. 4 Repair Depot, which later re-located to RCAF Station Dartmouth, and No. 1 Radio Direction Finding Maintenance Unit** (No. 1 RFD MU), a top-secret maintenance unit. In 1943, No. 1 RFD MU merged with No. 1 Repair Depot’s Radio Repair Section.

**(during WWII, radar work was referred to as radio direction finding).

In 1945, the station was re-named RCAF Station Scoudouc. A new repair depot was formed at the site, as was No. 1 Maintenance Wing and No. 101 RCAF Equipment Park. These units were short-lived however, as they disbanded on 1 November 1945. The RCAF departed and the aerodrome was abandoned.

The post-war growth of the RCAF resulted in many WWII stations being re-activated and as a result, Scoudouc was re-activated in 1951 as a Detachment of RCAF Station Chatham. No. 5 Supply Depot, located in downtown Moncton, opened a section at the newly christened RCAF Detachment Scoudouc. While RCAF Station Chatham’s runways were being repaired, No. 1 (Fighter) Operational Training Unit temporarily occupied space the detachment and 2 years later, the Royal Canadian Navy did the same while RCN Air Station Shearwater’s airfield was being repaired.

As the decade progressed, RCAF activity at the detachment was being reduced. In 1956, the now abandoned runways were being used by the Maritime Motor Transport Annual Rodeo and by 1958, 27 unoccupied buildings had been removed.

With the impending Unification in the mid 1960s, a reorganization and consolidation occurred within the Canadian Military. Several bases were either downsized, merged or closed and as a result, RCAF Detachment Scoudouc closed on 1 January 1965.

Today, the abandoned and crumbling airfield remains. From 1959 until the early 1990s, the runways were used by the Atlantic Motorcycle Competition Riders Association as a race track.  The lower runway is now known as Brenan Avenue and is used for storage.

The drill hall and a storage shed also remain, but of the original seven hangars, only two remain, extensively renovated for industrial use. None of the other World War II era buildings remain. The former station is now the Scoudouc Industrial Park. The park is home to 24 businesses with over 650 employed in a cross section of industries, concentrated mostly in the manufacturing sector.

Source material: “History of Aviation in the Greater Moncton Area” by Jim Kinne (1987), information supplied by Claude Despres, Corporation of the City of Moncton (1999), Human Resources Development Canada – http://www.nb.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/moncton/lmi/community.shtml#h39, the Atlantic Motorcycle Competition Riders Association web site – http://www.procycle-hdd.com/amcra/gridsheet/2000feb.html, Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak, Enterprise South East web site – http://www.enterprisesoutheast.ca/scoudouc & information supplied by information supplied by Don McClure, Greater Moncton Airport Authority (2003).


Royal Canadian Air Force Detachment Saint John:

 

Established in 1939 at the Millidgeville Airport, near Saint John, where hangars and other buildings were built for the RCAF.  As this had been a civilian airport prior to being taken over by the RCAF, the runways were laid out in a “X” pattern instead of the standard BCATP triangle pattern.

No. 2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron was posted to the station until 1940. No. 118 (Coastal Artillery Co-operation) Squadron from replaced No. 2 ACS until April 1944, when the squadron was made unnecessary by army radar equipment. No 118 CAC transferred to RCAF Station Dartmouth and later disbanded.

Royal Canadian Air Force Detachment Saint John closed in early 1944, although a small six member Detachment remained behind until May 1947, when the Millidgeville Airport was returned to the City of Saint John.

The revived Millidgeville Airport would have a short life however, as an increase in air traffic necessitated construction of a new airport. The Millidgeville Airport closed in March 1951.

The hangar from the Detachment remained for several years, standing at the corner of Woodward Avenue and McIntosh Street, and was last used by Coast Tire & Auto Service as a warehouse, but was torn down around 2010. A residential community and the M. Gerald Teed School, built in September 1963, occupy site of the former detachment.  Donaldson Street runs the length of one of the former runways.  A commemorative monument was erected on the grounds of M. Gerald Teed Memorial School in 2010.

Source Material: New Brunswick Military Heritage Project – http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm, New Brunswick Community College – http://www.saintjohn.nbcc.nb.ca/~Heritage/Aviation/GoneButNotForgotten.htm, information supplied by J. Brent Wilson, Senior Researcher, Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, University if New Brunswick, Fredericton Campus (2013), Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak. & M. Gerald Teed School web site – http://mgeraldteed.nbed.nb.ca/default.htm.

 


Canadian Forces Station Coverdale:

Established near Moncton as Naval Radio Station Coverdale in 1941, part of the Canada-United States Atlantic High Frequency Direction Finding Network. The network was responsible for coordinating radar activities during search and rescue operations in the Atlantic area.

In April 1945, it was a Wren with HMCS Coverdale who intercepted a message to the German Army announcing Adolf Hitler’s death.

In 1949, NRS Coverdale was re-named His Majesty’s Naval Radio Station Coverdale and PMqs were built. By 1956, the station was commissioned and again re-named His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Coverdale.

One of Coverdale’s claims to fame came in the early 1950s when a typographical error in the Moncton area phone book listed the station as “Naval Ladies Station Coverdale.”

As a result of the Unification, Naval Radio Station HMCS Coverdale was again re-named CFS Coverdale.

The station closed in June 1971 and CFB Gander assumed CFS Coverdale’s duties as the back-up control station for the Atlantic HF-DF network. The Station’s personnel were eventually transferred to CFB Gander to become part of 770 Communications Research Squadron. The property was purchased by the Town of Riverview and turned into a residential community.

The PMQs between Runneymeade Road and Miles Road are now private homes. The Recreation Centre in now the Coverdale Centre, a multi-use licensed, rental facility. Other buildings that remain include one of the barracks, the Chief’s & Petty Officer’s mess and the water tower.

On 25 October 2014, a monument was unveiled along Hillsborough Road on the former station property, dedicated to the naval personnel who served at HMCS Coverdale.

Source Material: “Sentinel ” Magazine from July-August 1971, the RCAF Station Gander web site – www.watserv1.uwaterloo.ca/~brobinso/gander.html., New Brunswick Military Heritage Project – http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm, the HMCS Coverdale web site – http://webhome.idirect.com/~jproc/rrp/coverdale.html, Jerry Proc web site – www.jproc.ca “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak & “Badges of the Canadian Navy” by LT (N) Graeme Arbuckle.

 


Canadian Forces Base Gagetown – Chatham Detachment:

Opened in 1940 under the British Commonwealth Air training Plan as RCAF Station Chatham. Two schools were established at the station: No. 21 Elementary Flying Training School on 3 July 1941 and No. 10 Air Observer School on 21 July 1941. No. 21 EFTS remained at Chatham until 30 May 1942, when it relocated to Neepawa, Manitoba and became No. 35 EFTS.

In 1942, a detachment of No. 113 bomber Squadron from RCAF Station Yarmouth was posted to Chatham to conduct anti-submarine patrols.

No. 10 AOS closed 30 April 1945 and the station itself also closed shortly afterwards. Only a small storage depot remained behind.

Post-war growth of the RCAF saw the re-activation of several WWII aerodromes. RCAF Station Chatham re-opened in 1949 and 2 Air Defence Control Centre (2 ADCC) was established at the site to support 421 (Fighter) Squadron and No. 1 Fighter Training School.

No. 2 Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron was also formed at the station, but with the formation of the Pinetree Line, the squadron transferred to No. 21 AC & W Squadron at RCAF Station St. Margarets.

In 1959, RCAF Station Chatham became the home base of the newly formed RCAF Golden Hawks aerobatic team, the predecessor to today’s “Snowbirds”. The golden hawks would have a short stay at Chatham, as they re-located to RCAF Station Trenton in 1962.

In 1961, RCAF Station Chatham ceased being a fighter training base and instead became an Initial Training Centre only. This new function continued until 1968.

In 1966, RCAF Station Chatham was merged with RCAF Station St Margarets and the Royal Canadian Naval Ammunition Depot at Renous and re-named CFB Chatham.

The Miramichi Municipal Airport opened in 1974, providing commercial air flights from the Chatham airfield.

In 1985, change was in the wind at CFB Chatham. The base was transferred to the Army’s Mobile Command, thus ending 45 years of Air force control of the base. Also in 1985, the base became the new home to the Air Defence Artillery School, originally from CFB Gagetown and 434 Tactical Fighter Squadron from CFB Baggotville.

In the mid 1980s, a reorganization and consolidation occurred within the Canadian Military. Several bases were either downsized, merged or closed and as a result, CFB Chatham was downsized to a Detachment of CFB Gagetown in 1989. The Air Defence Artillery School and 119 Low Level Air Defence Battery remained at Chatham, but the St Margarets detachment closed.

The airfield at Chatham ceased military operations in 1990, but the Miramichi Municipal Airport continued operating the airfield. The New Brunswick Fire Protection Agency flies out of the airport during the summer months.

The downsizing of CFB Chatham was only the beginning of the end for the former fighter training base. In September 1995, CF Detachment Chatham finally closed, ending 55 years as an air force base. The Air Defence Artillery School and 119 Low Level Air Defence Battery re-located to CFB Gagetown.

Today, the former base is the Skypark Miramichi Industrial Park and most of it remains. The recreation centre and the base school are still used as such.  The Royal Canadian Air Cadets Atlantic Region Gliding School operates a summer Regional Gliding Centre at the airport. Most of the airfield was abandoned, with only a 5900 ft section of runway 27-60 still in use.

Source material: DND press release from May 1989, Sky Park Miramichi Web site – http://www.mibc.nb.ca/sky-park/current/issue/frame.html, http://www.legion.ca/english/reveille/may/, http://members.nbci.com/101RCAirCS/flying.htm, “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak & “Wings For Victory” by Spencer Dunmore.


Tracadie Range:

Opened in 1939 as an Artillery and Air Weapons Range firing range associated with the flying training schools in Chatham. The range consisted of more than 18,000 hectares of land and waterways near the town of Tracadie-Sheila.

After World War II, the range remained open as a Detachment of RCAF Station Chatham. The range closed in 1994.

Source material: New Brunswick Dept of Natural Resources – http://www.gnb.ca/0263/tracadie_range-e.aspb.

 


 

No. 2 Air Navigation School & No. 34 Operational Training Unit:

The airfield at Pennfield Ridge originally opened on 21 July 1941 under the British Commonwealth Air training Plan as No. 2 Air Navigation School. The station came complete with over 40 buildings including 4 large hangers, an observation tower, barracks, drill hall, mess halls and classrooms.

No. 2 ANS’s time at Pennfield Ridge would be short-lived as it re-located to RCAF Station Rivers in May 1942 and merged with No. 1 ANS to become No. 1 CNS..  No. 2 ANS would later be revived at Charlottetown on 21 February 1944.

On 1 June 1942, No. 34 Operational Training Unit (No. 34 OTU) was established at the station and shortly afterwards, on  22 June 1942, No.2 Operational Training Unit (No. 34 OTU) was also established, but it closed 2 months later on 20 August 1942.

The station also had a radio communications section, one that also contained a Royal Canadian Naval contingent from 1941-1942.

No. 34 OTU closed on 19 May 1944, but the station remained an active training station, now known as RCAF Station, Pennfield Ridge, with transportation and operational training courses, including survival training.

126 (F) Squadron & 127 (F) Squadron also had detachments at Pennfeild for a period of time.

The station finally closed in 1945.

The Pennfield Ridge station was then used as an auxiliary airport to the Millidgeville Airport, which was quickly becoming inadequate to serve the aviation needs of the Saint John area.

After the new Saint John Airport was opened in the early 1950s, Pennfield Ridge closed as an operational airfield. One of its runways was used as a drag racing track by the New Brunwsick Drag Racing Association during the 1950s-1970s.

All that remains of the former station today are the gunnery backstop, the hanger pads, the abandoned runways, 4 munitions bunkers, some foundations and a few paved streets.

Acadia Seaplants Limited owns the property and uses two of the runways to dry out seaweed for use in fertilizer production. The third runway remains in use for small aircraft.

On September 24, 2006, The Charlotte County War Memorial Committee errected a memorial in Pennfield Provincial Park to honor the 70 men of the RCAF, RAF, RAAF, RNZAF, RCN and 6 civilians who died while training at Pennfield Ridge. Minister of Veterans Affairs Greg Thompson and Morris Harris of the Charlotte Fundy Kin Club unveiled the memorial.

Source Material: Pennfield Ridge Air Base web site – http://www.geocities.com/blacksharbour/pennfield.html, “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak, Memorial Unveiled in Pennfield – http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbpennfi/penn8b1RollOfHonour_PennMemorial1.htm, Pennfield Ridge Air Station – http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbpennfi/penn8b1AirStationHistory.htm, “Aerodrome of Democracy:  Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan 1939-1945” by F.J. Hatch, Canadian Racer Web site – www.motorsportcentral.com and information supplied by G Christian Larsen,
President, Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society (2016).


 

Camp Utopia / A-30 Canadian Infantry Training Centre:

Opened as an advanced infantry training centre on 1 August1942 to the north-east of No. 2 ANS, the camp served as a training base for members of the Carleton & York Regiment and the North Shore Regiment.

A-30 CITC closed on 30 April 1946, having trained over 12, 000 troops.

Post-war, Camp Utopia continued to be used as a summer camp by the Carleton & York Regiment and the Royal Newfound Land Regiment.

The 4th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, re-located to the camp in May 1954.  The regiment occupied the H-huts and used the drill hall to store their guns, along with using some of the Married Quarters built in Pennfield and some temporary PMQs at the camp.

In 1955, the majority of 4 RCHA left Camp Utopia for Germany, but “W” Battery, a light battery, remained behind to act as the Regimental Depot.  In 1957, “W” Battery re-located to Petawawa to join the rest of 4 RCHA, who had been rotated back to Canada.

The camp closed in 1958, despite suggestions that the camp remain active as a reserve training camp. The property was sold to the provincial government for $90, 000.  Plans to turn the camp into a technical school or a prison, but this too never came to fruition.

Very little remains of the camp today  All one will find are some ruins among the hundreds of pine trees were planted on the property, along with some roadways and the main rifle ranges.

Source material: “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak, “Camp Utopia”, by G. Christian Larson, President of the Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society – www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbpennfi/penn8aCampUtopia.htm “, “Our Military History” by Al Lloyd – http://arlloyd.tripod.com/index.html & Pennfield Parrish Military Historical Society – http://pennfieldridgeairstation.blogspot.ca/2009/09/camp-utopia-todays-remnants.html.


 

No. A-30 Canadian Infantry Training Centre / Camp Sussex:

See Camp Sussex in “Closed bases that still have a military presence“.

 


 

No. 7 Area Ordnance Depot:

Opened in February 1943 on Rothesay Road west of Saint John by the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps (RCOC). The Depot featuring 36, 000 square feet of warehouse space and 48, 000 square feet of workshops.

The personnel strength of the Depot would eventually be reduced when several stores groups relocated to the Depot at Amherst, but Coldbrook was still a busy establishment. When the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineer Corps separated from the Ordnance Corps, it took over the Workshop area.

The Depot remained opened after the war, becoming part of the post-war RCOC. During 1945 and 1946, the Depot also served as a storage depot for surplus Army vehicles. In November 1946, the Headquarters for No. 7 Militia District relocated to Fredericton.

In the mid-1950s, military establishments in New Brunswick were consolidated. As a result, No. 7 Area Ordnance Depot relocated to Camp Gagetown in 1957, abandoning its WWII site.

In 1963, StresCon Concrete opened a manufacturing plant at the former Depot. Parts of the original ordnance complex do remain; the office building is original, but with a new interior, and both the Old Pipe Plant and the Warehouse have still have parts of the original buildings, but have been extensively re-built and remolded.

Source Material: New Brunswick Military Heritage Project – http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm, information supplied by StresCon Concrete (2006) & “A History of the RCOC in Saint John”, by Major G.H MacDonald (ret’d), supplied by Bert MacDonald (2004).

 


No. 32 Ordnance Depot:

Opened in 1942 on Highway #8 in the Village of McGivney as No. 1 Magazine Company, a Detachment of No. 7 Ordnance Depot. The depot, run by the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, consisted of 24 buildings.

The Depot remained open after WWII and was re-named No. 2 Ordnance Depot, but not long after, it was changed to No. 32 Ordnance Depot. Permanent Married Quarters were added in the 1950s.

As a result of the Unification, the Depot was re-named No. 32 Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot in 1966, but this would be short-lived. The Unification lead to the consolidation of numerous military establishments. No. 32 CFAD was deemed redundant and as a result, closed in 1969.

Today some of the Depot’s buildings remain, including the ammunition storage bunkers and less than half of the PMQs. The camp chapel is now a Baptist Church and Sergeants’ Mess was relocated off site, for use as the South Portage Recreation Center.

Source Material: New Brunswick Military Heritage Project – http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm & “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak.

 


No. 70 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre:

Opened on 9 October 1940 at the Wilmot Park Exhibition Grounds near Fredericton as a Non-Permanent Active Militia Training Centre, but later became a basic infantry training centre. The Camp closed in 1945.

In 1946, University of New Brunswick president Norman MacKenzie established Alexander College as an educational satellite of the university for returning soldiers and their families after the Second World War. The college operated from 1946 to 1950, at which point it reverted to being the Wilmot Park Exhibition Grounds.

Today, only the roadways and the parade ground remain; the former of which is currently used by student driving instruction.

The original firehall and the mess hall stood until around 2003, when they burned down. A number of the camp’s buildings were moved the University of New Brunswick, although most of them are now gone. Other camp buildings were sold to the City of Fredericton.

Source Material: New Brunswick Military Heritage Project – http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm, “Forgotten college for war vets part of U.N.B.’s past,” (2015) – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/unb-veterans-alexander-college-1.3310741 & “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic ” by Author Paul Ozorak.


Renous Naval Ammunition Depot:

Opened in 1943 near Renous as a Detachment of HMC Dockyard Halifax. The Depot would remain open as a part of the post-war RCN.

As a result of the Unification, the Depot was re-named Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot (CFAD) Renous and made a Detachment of CFB Chatham.

In 1973, CFAD Renous was declared redundant, and its functions were slowly taken over by CFAD Bedford, outside Halifax. By 1978, CFAD Renous finally closed.

Much of the former CFAD remains today. The site was taken over by the Correctional Service of Canada, who opened the Atlantic Institution in 1987. Most of the ammunition bunkers remain, but none of the PMQs.

Source Material: “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic ” by Author Paul Ozorak.

 


MACHQ (Maritime Air Command HQ) Halifax:

Located at 17 South Street on the corner of Barrington and South.

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  1. Dale Prosser

    Certainly some good reading here for sure, couple questions:

    Was there nothing avail regarding the Number 5 CFSD Moncton located where the remains of the Moncton Garrison are today. There were a lot of PMQs built in this area as well (aside from the Airport location).

    Is there no info regarding the rifle range located on Lower Mountain Road – I believe it is referred to as the Salisbury Rifle Range

    Cheers

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Dale,

      thanks for stopping by my web site. You can find Moncton Garrison in the “Downsized Bases or Bases That Have Changed Their Function – New Brunswick” section, at least for now (might change i the military completely withdraws).

      I don’t have any information on the sailsbury Rifle Range at this time, but maybe soon.

      Thanks for you interest.

      Bruce

  2. JJ White

    The Salisbury Rge is still an active rge used by 8 CH, and other 37 Bde units as well as occasionally by the RCMP. On the odd trg wknd, these military units will conduct Navigation and other low level trg there.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi JJ,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site and for the information. I’ll add the range to my list of active sites.

      Bruce

  3. Bill

    The entry above A30 Camp Utopia – indicates that it closed in 1946.

    Perhaps the Camp was closed and there were cleanup activities of some type. I am reviewing my father’s Canadian Army Service Record (Canadian Signal Corps) and it indicates that he was to:

    “Proceed on TD (temporary deployment) to EC Summer Camp Camp Utopia at 0900 hrs” 24 Jun 1948 Unit EC Sigs Fredericton
    “Returned from TD to EC Camp Camp Utopia at 1400 hrs” 10-Jul-1948 Unit EC Sigs Fredericton

    Regards,
    Bill

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site and for the information. Unfortunately, I am sometimes at the mercy of the information that’s out there, unless I go digging through the National Archives. As you say, it’s possible that your father was involved in clean-up activities at the camp, but it’s also possible that it continued to be used as a training area for local Reg Force and Militia regiments until the buildings and land were formally disposed of by the Crown Assets Corporation. An article by G. Christian Larsen, President of “Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society” (found at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbpennfi/penn8aCampUtopia.htm) lists the camp’s active dates as 01 August 1942-30 April 1946, so I will have to go with that date for now.

      Let me know if you uncover any other documents from your father’s service.

      Bruce

    2. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Bill,

      I have your answer. Camp Utopia continued to be used after the war as a summer camp by the Carleton & York Regiment and the Royal Newfound Land Regiment, along with the Regular Force 4th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in the 50s. So this answers the question of what your father was doing there in 1948.

      Bruce

      1. Bill Anderson

        Thanks so much Bruce.
        I notice that you are with the C&E museum in Kingston. Dad spent his career in the Signal Corps and I remember being stationed in Kingston in the Early to mid 50s (We lived in the PMQs at 56 Paardeburg Cresc). We then moved to Borden, Shilo, Winnipeg, (UNEF Egypt), Calgary and eventually Moncton.

        I recently came into possession of a beer stein given to my dad by 2RCHA when he left Winipeg to go to UNEF in Egypt. On it it has inscribed his name and rank and “2 RCHA Sigs Tp”. I have been curious what the Tp might mean. If you have any idea could you drop me a quick email

        Thanks so much
        Bill Anderson

    3. G Christian Larsen

      Bill:

      Camp Utopia was retained by the army after the war. The base was used by various reserve units such as the Carleton & York and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the fifties and by a regular unit, the 4th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. The regiment occupied the remaining H-Huts, stores its gun in the drill hall and made use of the three PMQs in Pennfield and a few temporary Married Quarters at the camp. Four RCHA departed in November 1955 for Germany leaving behind its “W” Battery. After that battery left two years later, there was a suggestion the camp continue to be used by the militia and cadets or that it be converted into a prison or technical school. The buildings by then were in such poor shape the army delated the camp surplus. Clouse in 1958 was followed by a sale to the province for $90,000.00.

      Yours truly,
      G Christian Larsen
      President Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society

  4. Joanne Roy

    Hi Bill,

    I believe my father, who passed away 10 years ago, was with the 21st Aircraft Control and warning unit based in St. Margarets. I know that from 1960 to 1963, he was stationed in Alert, on the DEW line. He was a radar and morse code specialist during the Cold War. I’m trying to piece his story together. Do you have any information on this base during the period from 1959 to 1964? I’m trying to figure out where he would have gotten his training before being deployed to Alert. All of my parents and grandparents have passed away more than 10 years ago, so I don’t have anyone to whom ask these questions.

    Thanks for your time.
    Joanne
    Cocagne, N.B.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You could try contacting National Archives in Ottawa, who would have his service record listing all his postings for work or training courses. I’m guessing he did his training at RCAF Station Clinton, as that was where RCAF radar training was done back then.

      Good luck with your search.

      Bruce

      the Military Communications and Electronics Museum in Kingston (www.c-and-e-museum.org), but the

      1. Joanne Roy

        Hi Bruce,

        Thank you for this help. I will contact the National archives in Ottawa.

        Joanne Roy

  5. David Tripp

    Sir,
    As an infant, we were stationed at RCAF STATION MONCTON I believe based on family oral history that my father was the Station Warrant Officer, a WO2 SYDNEY TRIPP, of the 421 Squadron just returned from Europe and was part of the demobilization effort at the end of the war the archive in Ottawa is incomplete and the only record is so redacted that it is useless, my question and request is were and who hold the records for that history for I would like contact the in order to help complete the family genealogy .
    I thank you in advance for you assistance, any information would be help full.
    DAVID S. TRIPP

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi David,

      If the National Archives don’t have any useful information, you may try contacting the Royal Canadian Legion for assistance.

      Bruce

      1. David Tripp

        Good idea, I will try that.

  6. Geoff thompson

    hi bruce,

    I have a friend that once was part of the Canadian Intelligence Agency ,,and he had a strange story to share.. He was privy to the knowledge that there are underground caverns,,or bases underneath Chatham Air Base..Supposedly they are ,or were capable of housing a great number of people in the event of a nuclear attack,,also the fact that the US had nuclear missile installations around the area…Some years back near St Margerets,,,I and a few friends discovered sealed tunnels and entrances that led downwards,,we could not enter because they were sealed with concrete,,and we even found warning signs with nuclear /radiation symbols on them…mighty strange,,,I wonder if you could shed some light on this..??? great content and great info you share…have a good one…

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Geoff,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I haven’t heard about these underground facilities, but a lot of military and government shelters were constructed during the Cold War (more than just the “Diefenbunkers” across Canada), so this doesn’t surprise me. I had a quick scan of my copy of Paul Ozorak’s book, “Bunkers, bunkers everywhere” and it doesn’t appear to make mention of those bases, but I’ll have a closer look later. Thanks for the information.

      Bruce

  7. Robin McQueen

    Interesting that nothing is mentioned about a Base at Pennfield.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Robin,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You can find Pennfield Ridge under the entry for “No. 2 Air Navigation School & No. 34 Operational Training Unit.”

      Bruce

      1. G Christian Larsen

        In addition to No.2 ANS & No.34 OTU, there was also: No.2 Operational Training Unit (OTU) ((22 June 1942-20 August 1942) and RCAF Station, Pennfieldf Ridge (29 May 1944-01 October 1944). Also, both the 126 (F) Squadron & 127 (F) Squadron had detachments there for a period of time.

        Also, today (28 November 2016) there remain four (4) munition shelters as well.

        Yours truly,
        G Christian Larsen
        President Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society

        1. Bruce Forsyth

          Hi Christian,

          Thanks for the additional information.

          Bruce

  8. Jim Munn

    hi
    No 5 supply depo occupied more than three hangars at the airport site. I believe there were seven up till time they turned over one to Irving in the nineties. I worked in Engineering at CB Moncton who maintained the site in support of the Depo.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for visiting my web site and for the information. Do you know exactly when the Depot closed? I haven’t been able to find an exact date.

      Bruce

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  10. Toni B.

    Hi Bruce,

    Just browsing through all this information and it is very interesting. I have a question which I am not sure you can answer.

    Recently, there was an article in our local paper about a military airfield of some kind in Buctouche, NB. Apparently, during the war, ladies would work on fixing military airplanes and some of these ladies were reunited in Moncton just recently. If this is so, where would that hanger or airfield have been. Numerous elders living there have been questioned about it and no one seems to remember there being one. My father served in the second world war and he never mentioned of any. Thought you may have something on it.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Toni,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I checked my copy of Paul Ozorak’s book “Abandoned Military Installations in Canada Vol. 3: Atlantic” and it makes no mention of a military airfield near Buctouche. Paul did a pretty extensive search through the National Archives, and given that I’ve never come across such a entity either, I guess that’s the answer. There was a repair depot at Scoudouc, just to the north-east of Moncton, so maybe that is the place the ladies were talking about.

      Bruce

  11. Toni B

    Hi Bruce,

    Thank you for the information. Question answered.

    Toni

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