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Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 33 Service Flying Training School, Petrel Relief Field / Petrel Aerodrome (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

During the Second World War, this site in what is now the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford was a relief field for the No. 33 Service Flying Training School near Carberry. Aircraft unable to land at the main runways came here. Construction of wooden buildings at the site by the Claydon Construction Company was completed by October 1941, at a cost of $120,000.

After the war, the site was planned for used for a time by the Trans-Canada Air Lines as an emergency landing field on their Winnipeg to Regina route. At the time of a 2015 site visit, the triangular set of runways that once dominated the site are now barely visible, gradually being converted back into agricultural land. Asphalt from the southern half was removed around 2004 and the southern half was done three years later. Modern farm buildings sit on a short section of the former tarmac. The only surviving structure from the old airfield is a concrete water storehouse.

The only vestige of runways for the No. 33 Service Flying Training School, Petrel Relief Field

The only vestige of runways for the No. 33 Service Flying Training School, Petrel Relief Field (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Sole surviving building from the former No. 33 Service Flying Training School, Petrel Relief Field

Sole surviving building from the former No. 33 Service Flying Training School, Petrel Relief Field (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.96737, W99.35533
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Claydon Brothers Construction Company / Claydon Construction Limited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 26 Elementary Flying Training School, Eden Relief Field / Eden Airport (RM of Rosedale)

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

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 10 Service Flying Training School, North Junction Relief Field (RM of Dauphin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 10 Service Flying Training School, Valley River Relief Field (RM of Dauphin)

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

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 12 Service Flying Training School, Chater Relief Field / Chater Aerodrome (RM of Elton)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 12 Service Flying Training School, Douglas Relief Field (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

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

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 17 Service Flying Training School, Hartney Relief Field / Hartney Aerodrome (Municipality of Grassland)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 18 Service Flying Training School / No. 2 Flying Training School / Canadian Forces Base Gimli / Gimli Industrial Park Airport (Municipality of Gimli)

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

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

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 33 Service Flying Training School, Oberon Relief Field / Oberon Aerodrome (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: No. 33 Service Flying Training School, Petrel Relief Field / Petrel Aerodrome (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

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

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

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

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

Sources:

“Manitoba gets 2 more schools under air plan,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 May 1940, page 13.

“War contracts,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 September 1941, page 17.

“Civilians may utilize 4 Manitoba airports,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 January 1946, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 May 2022

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