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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Service Flying Training School No. 33 (RM of North Cypress)

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Commanding Officers | Photos & Maps | Training Fatalities | Sources

This site southeast of the town of Carberry, in the Rural Municipality of North Cypress, was used for training of pilots during the Commonwealth Air Training Plan of the Second World War. Unlike facilities that were formed as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force, this facility began as part the Royal Air Force, organized at Winslow, England in November 1940 and transferred to Canada later that month.

The school consisted of administrative, instructional, and dormitory buildings, and several large aircraft hangars, constructed at a cost of $850,000 by the Winnipeg firm of Carter-Halls-Aldinger. Six paved runways were supplemented by two relief fields, No. 1 at Petrel and No. 2 at Oberon, where aircraft could be diverted if they could not land at the main field.

The first group of British personnel arrived at Winnipeg in December 1940 and immediately moved on to Carberry. Construction of the site had preceded arrival of military personnel but it was not fully operational until early 1941. The first cohort of trainees arrived in January 1941 before training aircraft were available. By April 1943, the school had 100 Harvard and Anson training aircraft, and over 200 students, with a support staff of 95 officers, 984 other ranks, and 65 civilians. Among those who trained at the facility was actor Richard Burton (1925-1984), who later found fame in Hollywood.

The final training class graduated in November 1944 and the facility was gradually closed. After the war, the site was used as a storage park for military vehicles. It later came under the control of a community development corporation, which sold it in May 1961 to an American firm for establishment of a potato-processing plant.

Commanding Officers

Period

Commanding Officer

1940-1941

Wing Commander T. C. Dickens (Acting)

1941

Group Captain H. C. Walker

1941

Group Captain C. H. Brill

1941-1942

Wing Commander Joseph Cox

Photos & Maps

Service Flying Training School No. 33

Aerial view of SFTS No. 33 during the Second World War
Source: Carberry Plains Archives (McCain Foods)

Service Flying Training School No. 33

The former SFTS No. 33, now a potato-processing plant, with a few of the original buildings in the centre background (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Service Flying Training School No. 33

Maintenance building, one of few structures remaining from SFTS No. 33 (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Service Flying Training School No. 33

Supply depot building, one of few structures remaining from SFTS No. 33 (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Service Flying Training School No. 33

The three runways of SFTS No. 33 have mostly reverted to agricultural land (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.85015, W99.34058
denoted by symbol on the map above

Training Fatalities

Canadians and Americans killed while training at the Service Flying Training School No. 33 where returned to their home communities for burial. Australian, New Zealand, and British fatalities were buried in the military cemetery at Brandon.

Name

Service

Rank

Age / Birth Date

Death Date

Cause

Alastair Farquahar Blue

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

21

3 December 1943

Flight accident

John Harold Bolsworth

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

19

3 December 1943

Flight accident

John Arthur Camp

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

19

19 April 1941

Flight accident

Joseph Horace Giles

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

20

19 April 1941

Flight accident

Edward Charles Helmer

Royal Canadian Air Force

Leading Aircraftman

18 July 1915

29 June 1941

Flight accident

Antony William Ingram

Royal Air Force

Sergeant

23

25 August 1943

Flight accident

Alan Ernest King

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

19

20 May 1944

Flight accident

John Francis Lee

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Flying Officer

33

3 December 1943

Flight accident

D. M. Livingstone

Royal Air Force

Leading Aircraftman

?

2 April 1941

Flight accident

Lawrence Walter Hugh Lloyd

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

20

12 April 1941

Flight accident

Stephen Octaviius Nethercut

Royal Air Force

Leading Aircraftman

20

28 April 1943

Flight accident

John George Permuth

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

20

27 April 1941

Flight accident

Leslie Richard Reader

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

28

16 August 1941

Flight accident

Donald Hugh Ross

Royal Canadian Air Force

Leading Aircraftman

10 August 1918

29 June 1941

Flight accident

Paul Ernest Sayer

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

20

19 October 1942

Flight accident

Frank Robert Shorney

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

31

25 August 1943

Flight accident

Kenneth Mark Townsend

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Aircraftman First Class

21

1 March 1942

Non-training accident

Dennis Malcolm Watson

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

19

19 October 1942

Flight accident

Desmond Pelham Watson

Royal Air Force

Flying Officer

23

19 February 1942

Flight accident

David Millis Wesley

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

27

4 April 1941

Flight accident

Godfrey Neil Weightman

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

21

29 May 1944

Flight accident

Geoffrey Charles Wellings

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

?

19 February 1942

Flight accident

Timothy Gurney Whiteland

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

20

3 December 1943

Flight accident

John Arthur Woods

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Leading Aircraftman

21

19 October 1942

Flight accident

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Air Navigation School No. 1 Monument (Municipality of Riverdale)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Air Observers School No. 5 (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bombing and Gunnery School No. 3 (Macdonald, RM of Portage la Prairie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bombing and Gunnery School No. 7 (Paulson, RM of Dauphin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central Navigation School (Wheatland, Municipality of Riverdale)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elementary Flying Training School No. 14 / Air Observers School No. 7 (Southport, RM of Portage la Prairie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elementary Flying Training School No. 19 (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elementary Flying Training School No. 26 (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: EFTS No. 26 Relief Field (RM of Rosedale)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Service Flying Training School No. 10 (RM of Dauphin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Service Flying Training School No. 12 / Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum (Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: SFTS No. 12 Relief Field No. 1 / Chater Aerodrome (RM of Elton)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: SFTS No. 12 Relief Field No. 2 (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Service Flying Training School No. 17 (Municipality of Souris-Glenwood)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: SFTS No. 17 Relief Field / Hartney Aerodrome (Municipality of Grassland)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Service Flying Training School No. 18 (Municipality of Gimli)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Service Flying Training School No. 18 Relief Landing Field / Netley Field (RM of St. Andrews)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Service Flying Training School No. 33 (RM of North Cypress-Langford)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: SFTS No. 33 Relief Field No. 1 / Petrel Aerodrome (RM of North Cypress-Langford)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: SFTS No. 33 Relief Field No. 2 / Oberon Aerodrome (RM of North Cypress-Langford)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wireless School No. 3 (500 Shaftesbury Boulevard, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Winter Fair Building / Brandon Arena / Manning Depot No. 2 (Eleventh Street, Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Release Centre No. 5 / Jameswood Place South (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Repair Depot No. 8 / Jameswood Place (Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Manitoba Air Training jobs cost $1,730,000,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 August 1940, page 13.

“Air contracts now total $11,000,000,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1940, page 1.

“Three air schools cost $1,280,000,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1940, page 3.

“Big contract for Carberry,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 October 1940, page 2.

“Seven hundred British fliers now in Carberry,” Brandon Sun, 9 December 1940, page 18.

“Men of R.A.F. taking wing - on ice,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 December 1940, page 1.

“Off to Carberry,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 December 1940, page 5.

“No limits on Carberry hospitality to its 700 Royal Air Force guests,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 December 1940, page 26.

“A gift with imagination,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 January 1941, page 6.

“Reunion in Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 February 1941, page 11.

“Student pilot dies after training crash,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 April 1941.

“Teachers’ meet,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 May 1941, page 13.

“Youth and courage combined,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 November 1941, page 1.

“King gives special badge to Carberry Air School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 January 1942, page 11.

“Cox posted to Picton,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 March 1942, page 3.

Wartime Souvenir of Carberry published by the Carberry News-Express, August 1942. [reprint]

We thank McCain Foods (Carberry) and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 July 2015

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