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

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This site northeast of the village of Macdonald, in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, was used for training of pilots during the Commonwealth Air Training Plan of the Second World War.

Commanding Officers

Period

Principal

1941-1943

Group Captain G. A. Mercer

1943-1944

Wing Commander R. F. Gibb

1944

Wing Commander R. F. Gross

1944

Group Captain William F. C. Hobson

1945

Group Captain E. C. Tennant

Photos & Maps

Aerial view of the Bombing and Gunnery School No. 3 (May 1944)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Charles J. Gingras Collection #143.

Aerial view of the Bombing and Gunnery School No. 3 (May 1944)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Charles J. Gingras Collection #146.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.08015, W98.45754
denoted by symbol on the map above

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:

“Two big Air Schools to be opened Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 February 1941, page 11.

“Mercer to take school Command,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1941, page 10.

“Bombing School opens at Macdonald,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 March 1941, page 4.

“Big Bombing, Gunnery School gets started,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 March 1941, page 9.

“Airmen from all over Anglo-Saxon world at pageant,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1941, page 3.

“Gibb will head Macdonald School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1943, page 3.

“Wing-Cmdr. R. F. Gross heads Macdonald School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 1944, page 9.

“No. 3 B. and G. at Portage has announced postings,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1944, page 17.

“No. 2 Command Officers named,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1944, page 19.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 March 2016

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