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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

No. 9 Service Flying Training School:

See No. 9 Service Flying Training School in “Closed bases that still have a military presence“.

 


 

No. 10 Bombing & Gunnery School:

Opened in 1940, the aerodrome near Mount Pleasant was originally a Relief Landing Field for No. 9 SFTS at Summerside. As with all RLFs, the aerodrome had a single hangar and barracks.

On 20 September 1943, the station changed its function and became the home of No. 10 B&G School. Two firing ranges were also constructed, one on the base and the other at nearby Higgins Wharf. At its peak, the school had 44 buildings, including 5 hangars, and was home to over 1800 personnel.

No. 10 B&G School closed 6 June 1945. The station served briefly as a storage depot before the RCAF departed in 1947. The airfield was sold as surplus.

Only the runways remain from the war-time school today. Highway #2 runs along the former hangar line.

The local Experimental Aircraft Association has used two of the crumbling runways (13-31 & 26-80).

Source Material: Near Forgotten Airfield, No. 10 Bombing & Gunnery School web site – http://www.peicaps.org/ffway/index.htm, “Abandoned Military Installations in Canada Vol III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak, information provided by Marilyn Garnett, AirScapes International Inc (2006) & Canada Flight Supplement (1999).

 


 

No. 31 General Reconnaissance School & No. 2 Air Navigation School:

The aerodrome near Charlottetown was originally opened on 1 May 1941 by the Royal Air Force as No. 31 General Reconnaissance School, under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. A total of forty-three buildings were constructed, including six hangars. Originally No. 5 Bombing and Gunnery School was supposed to be housed at the aerodrome, but this was changed due to objections from local lobster fishermen as the bombing range would have necessitated closing valuable lobster grounds.

The No. 31 GRS closed 11 February 1944 and was the station was turned over to the RCAF. No. 2 Air Navigation School, disbanded at Pennfield Ridge in 1942, was re-activated at the aerodrome in its place. No. 2 ANS closed on 7 July 1945. In its more than four years, the school had graduated 1200 students.

The aerodrome was used briefly as No. 1 Aircraft Holding Unit, closing before the end of the year. The aerodrome and the sixty-five buildings were turned over to the War Assets Corporation. Many of the buildings were eventually moved to the City of Charlottetown.  The aerodrome was transferred to the Department of transportation on 1 February 1946 and became the Charlottetown Airport and an industrial complex.

Other than the airfield, nothing remains of the war-time station today. The last surviving building, hangar No. 4, which post-war housed the maintenance garage and fire hall for Department of Transport, was demolished in 1979.

A memorial at the airport pays tribute to the airmen and airwomen who served at the wartime school.

Source Material: “Sentinel” magazine from July 1970, PEI Transportation and Public Works web site – http://www.gov.pe.ca/tpwpei/index.php3?number=1001860⟨=E, “Abandoned Military Installations in Canada Vol III: Atlantic” by Paul Ozorak & information supplied by Marilyn Bell, Provincial Archivist, Charlottetown, PEI (2001).

 


No. 62 Artillery Training Centre:

Opened 9 October 1940 in Charlottetown, at the end of Beach Grove Road, as No. 62 Non-permanent Active Militia Training Centre. The camp changed to solely an artillery training centre in November 1943.

The camp closed on 31 January 1945.

The property is now occupied by Beach Grove Home, a retirement residence.  All that remains is one small non-descript building.

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

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  1. Shawn Gaudet

    Great job on the website.
    Under the PEI link there is no mention of CFB Summerside. They did a lot of training there during WWII. If you require assistance, I would be happy to assist. I just retired in 2013 completing 30 as a Supply Tech.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Shawn,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Oops, I must have accidentally deleted Summerside, so I have added it back into the “Closed bases that still have a military presence” section. I think what the problem was is that I was trying to determine if the PEI Regiment was still at Summerside and may have been in the process of changing it when my A.D.D. took over and I…… oh, look a squirrel….. (ha, ha). My criteria for “still have a military” section is there must be a permanent, full-time staff still there on the property (I certainly know that all reserve units have RSS staff). It’s a good thing I keep a master-file on my computer.

      After reading my history, I would be grateful for any input you can offer. Thanks for pointing out my omission.

      Bruce

  2. Tom Rudolph

    Truro, NS
    Can you tell me if there is a museum on PEI that accepts WWII items from estates of former RCAF members who were involved with NO 10 Bombing & Gunnery School, MT Pleasant, PEI? I am planning a trip to the Island on June 14th.

    Thank
    Tom

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You could try contacting the Kensington Veterans Memorial Military Museum or the PEI Regiment Museum. If they won’t accept your items, they likely would know whom you should contact.

      Bruce

  3. Marilyn Garnett

    Bruce,

    Please remove our copyrighted aerial photo immediately from the site. Usage was not authorized by myself for this purpose.

    http://militarybruce.com/abandoned-canadian-military-bases/abandoned-bases/prince-edward-island/

    Marilyn Garnett

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Marlilyn,

      The photo has been removed. Sorry for the trouble. If you have any photos that you do wish to have on my web site, I would love to see them.

      Bruce

  4. Brad Doucette

    Good Morning,

    My son is applying for a cadet scholarship and one of the requirements is having a family member serving or served in the military.

    My Grandfather James Brown served along with his brother Eric Brown served in WW2 and I was wondering how I can get his branch number,ranks,years of service and regiment.

    It would be most helpful

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Brad,

      Your best bet would be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Bruce

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