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AS YOU WERE . . .
WAR YEARS ECLECTICA
June 2020
2020.06 Edition

VIRDEN DAYS :: Pt. III
MEMORIES OF NO. 19 E.F.T.S ~ R.C.A.F.
1941 - 1944

VIRDEN DAYS is a Giant Souvenir BCATP Book from WWII.
I have scanned and displayed  the many pages of text and photos of  the book
across three issues of AS YOU WERE . . .: APRIL ~ MAY ~ JUNE
The photos were taken by Nicholas Morant of the National Film Board of Canada

The book is from the collection of Randy Pierce.

Click all images for full page viewing

VIRDEN DAYS
A Partial Record of No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School
R.C.A..F ~ Virden  Man.
Operated By Virden Flying Training School, Ltd
1941-1944
To All The Grand Fellows: Instructors, Students and Staff
Who Made Number Nineteen A Place of Happy Memories
This Souvenir Is Dedicated

VIRDEN
No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School
Ref: archive.org
Opened under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan on 16 May 1941 north of the Town of Virden. A Relief Landing Field was constructed near Lenore Hargrave, followed by a second near Lenore  in the fall of 1943.

No. 19 EFTS closed on 15 December 1944, as did RCAF Detachments Hargrave and  Lenore.

The former aerodrome later became home to 2 different manufacturing companies. First Walden Industries, a farm machinery manufacturer, set up a plant on the property. After Walden Industries closed, WedgCor Inc, a manufacturer of steel buildings and aviation hangars, purchased the land and opened their own plant. With the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, WedgCor closed their Virden plant. The hangar now sits abandoned.

Very little remains of the former school today. In addition to the sole remaining hangar, a quonset hut, the gunnery backstop and a samll, broken portion of the taxi-way also remain. The original airfield was abandoned and a new runway and hangar were constructed at the north end of the property in 1999. A new industrial park is slated to be build on the south-east section on the property.

All that remains of RCAF Detachment Lenore is the concrete base for the maintenance building (there was no hangar) and the roadway into Detachment. The airfield was ploughed under long ago for crops.

Source Material: information supplied by Clare Cawston, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8, Virden, Manitoba (2001), "Wings For Victory - The Story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada", by Spencer Dunmore, information supplied by Bob Andrew, Andrew Agencies, Virden Manitoba (2003), Town of Virden web site - http://www.virden-wallace.mb.ca/ed6.htm & the personal recollections of the author (2003). 

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THE CANTEENS

"You buy the drinks, while I ask for our mail"

"Breakfast?"


* Taking Off
* Reflections
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DOWNTOWN

Street Scene ~ Virden
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* "Make yourself at home."
* Morganville ~ A Virden Suburb
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* Splash!
* "Have you seen our valley?""
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THEY GUARD THE CAMP

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. . . AND THEY GUARD THE CASH

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BONUS FEATURE
Another Presentation from Our
BCATP Station Magazines Archive
Read all 24 pages in PDF at:
www.airmuseum.ca/reprints/mtb/MTB_43aug.pdf


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VIRDEN DAYS :: MEMORIES OF NO. 19 E.F.T.S ~ R.C.A.F. :: 1941 - 1944

As You Were. . . April 2020
VIRDEN DAYS PART I
2020.04 Edition
As You Were. . . May 2020
VIRDEN DAYS PART II
2020.05 Edition
As You Were. . . June 2020
VIRDEN DAYS PART III
2020.06 Edition
As You Were. . . July 2020
VIRDEN DAYS PART IV
2020.07 Edition


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