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

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Located near Stevenson Field, this St. James site (now a suburb of Winnipeg) hosted the No. 2 Air Training Command demobilization facility for serviceman returning from military duty. Aside from the discharge procedures, services provided at the No. 5 Release Centre (RC) included information on education, employment, counseling, and benefits. Airmen who sought to remain in the Royal Canadian Air Force would also report to a RC until reassigned or discharged. By late February 1946, the city had taken ownership of nine buildings (including H-huts and the former officers quarters) here. The structures remaining in military use including an NCO’s mess hall, administration building, headquarters, garage, and guard shack. After military use had ended, these were sold by the War Assets Corporation to the city. After the RC was disbanded on 15 September 1946, the remaining buildings were converted into emergency shelters. Known as Jameswood Place South, local school-age children attended nearby Jameswood Place School on the grounds of the former No. 8 Repair Depot.

Commanding Officers

Period

Commanding Officer

?-1945

Squadron Leader W. C. M. Barrell

1945-?

Squadron Leader H. B. Hunter

?-1946

Squadron Leader D. R. Walker

Photos & Coordinates

No. 5 Release Centre / Jameswood Place South

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89386, W97.21821
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

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 (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 (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:

“SL. Barrell transfers to No. 2 Air Command,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1945, page 3.

“May yet stay with Air Force,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1945, page 1.

“Veterans' problems,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1946, page 2.

“Six Manitobans in staff posted abroad,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1946, page 4.

“Scott says R.C.A.F. sites can house 1,600 people,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 1946, page 1.

“Release Centre houses veterans,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1946, page 6.

“More Air Force huts promised home-seekers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1946, page 11.

“Notice to creditors [No. 5 Release Centre],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1946, page 23.

“Motion to keep civic workers in city lost,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1946, page 3.

“1,419 families housed by Registr [sic] in 1946,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1947, page 3.

“Report,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1948, page 6.

“City of Winnipeg tender for demolition of removal of building [Jameswood Place South Building No. 5],” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1952, page 7.

“City of Winnipeg tender for demolition of removal of building [Jameswood Place Building No. 8],” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 December 1952, page 27.

“City of Winnipeg tender for demolition of removal of building [Jameswood Place South Building No. 6],” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1952, page 30.

[Map of] Greater Winnipeg Governmental Housing Construction (1948), Metropolitan Planning Committee; Winnipeg Town Planning Commission. Governmental Housing Construction [map], 1948, [University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections]

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 October 2021

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