Collection C0202 - Royal Canadian Air Force, Station Edmonton collection

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Royal Canadian Air Force, Station Edmonton collection


  • 1939-1947 (Creation)

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10 cm of textual records. -- 56 photographs

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Biographical history

In 1940 the Edmonton Municipal Airport was commandeered for military training purposes under the British Commonwealth Air Training Program, and it became known as BCATP Station Edmonton. Two programs were based there, the No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School (No. 16 E.F.T.S, 1940-1942) and the No. 2 Air Observer School (No. 2 A.O.S., 1940-1944). No. 2 A.O.S. was operated by a civilian firm, Canadian Airways (Training) Ltd. under the management of W. R. “Wop” May. Squadron Leader R. P. Opie was Chief Supervisor Officer for the station. In July 1944 No. 2 A.O.S. was closed and its facilities were taken over by Northwest Air Command, which managed the staging of aircraft to Alaska and to the Alaska Highway construction project. At that time the station was renamed RCAF Station Edmonton. The station was returned to the control of the City of Edmonton in 1955.


Archival history

The collection was acquired from an unknown source or sources by Patrick Tivy, a journalist.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Patrick Tivy, 1989.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of a scrapbook (1943-1947) containing newsclippings, 55 photographs, and 2 programs, possibly compiled by a civilian employee, documenting newsworthy events, graduating classes, and social activities of No. 2 A.O.S. and Northwest Air Command, and news related to Air Force involvement in the Second World War in general. The accession also included a scrapbook documenting the Royal Visit of 1939, and a Canadian Wheat Board permit documenting deliveries of grain to elevators at Bulwark, Alberta by W. Bowen in 1942-1943. It is not known whether the latter two items are related to the Station Edmonton scrapbook.

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The material is in English.

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