Monday, 15 February 2016

Dunnville No.6 R.C.A.F.

 

Location:  Haldimand County   N 42 52.610  W 79 35.393
On the grounds of the former Dunnville Airport, on Port Maitland Road.
 

This fantastic memorial is a tribute to the contribution made by the various flight schools that comprised the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during World War II.  The memorial consists of a Harvard Trainer, similar to the type used by many of these schools, the flags of Commonwealth nations whose pilots trained here, and four stone memorials.
The four stone memorials represent the No.6 Service Flying Training School here in Dunnville, the No.16 Service Flying Training School in Hagersville, the No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School in Jarvis, and finally a tribute to the Civil Engineers that constructed the 176 airfields needed for this massive yet vital training service to support the war effort.
On the grounds of the this former airport is also a wonderful museum dedicated to the Air Training Plan.  The airport itself closed recently with the erection of nearby wind turbines, another slap in the face to our heritage and to the local citizens and flyers.  I highly recommend visiting this museum if you are in the area.  I will post a separate entry for the museum at a later date.
The memorial also acts as a reminder of how many lives were lost here on our home soil in training, poor lads who never even go into the fight. 
 


 
Marker text:
Civil Engineers:

NATIONAL HISTORIC
CIVIL ENGINEERING SITE

BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN
No. 6 SERVICE FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL - DUNNVILLE

A TRIBUTE TO CANADA'S CIVIL ENGINEERS WHO,
BETWEEN 1940 AND 1943, WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF 88 AIRFIELDS
AND 88 RELIEF FIELDS, TOGETHER WITH ALL THE
REQUISITE INFRASTRUCTURE.

THE AIRFIELDS WERE REQUIRED BY THE BRITISH
COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN WHICH
TRAINED MORE THAN 250,000 PERSONNEL, OF
WHOM 131,000 WERE AIRCREW, FOR THE ALLIED
WAR EFFORT.  THIS FIELD, DUNNVILLE AIRPORT,
WAS THE SITE OF No.6 SERVICE FLYING TRAINING
SCHOOL.

CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR
CIVIL ENGINEERING
 

 

2003

Jarvis Stone:
NO. 1 BOMBING AND GUNNERY SCHOOL
R.C.A.F. JARVIS

WAS A UNIT OF THE BRITISH COMMANWEALTH
AIR TRAINING PLAN, THE 39 MEN NAMED ON THIS PLAQUE
LOST THEIR LIVES SERVING AT JARVIS.

IN REMEMBERANCE OF

ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
F/O E.J. BOUNDS
LAC J.A.W. BOYD
LAC G.C. BURKE
LAC H. BURNEP
AC2 P.J. DEEBANK
CPL W.C. DOAN
LAC J.S.W. GRAY
P/O J.H. GREEN
SGT F.J. HAWKE
LAC A.R. HAYES
LAC J.A. HOLGATE
LAC F.E. INNES
SGT G.R. JACKSON
LAC J.H. KEARNEY

LAC R.W.G. KILLICK
LAC W.M. KIRKBY
LAC J.A. LeFURGEY
SGT R.N. McCRANK
AC2 I.B. MOREHOUSE
F/O E.B. NORBURY
F/O T.H. PERLEY-MARTIN
F/O M.B. POOLE
LAC A.C. REED
LAC H.P. SAMUEL
LAC S. SCHWARTZ
LAC J.A. SMITH
F/S G.R. TROUTBECK
LAC G.N. WINFIELD

ROYAL AIR FORCE
LAC F.G. BARBER
LAC G.C. BEST
SGT N. WADE
LAC R. WALLER
LAC J.S. WILLIAMS

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
LAC R. McNABB
P/O K. SLATER
LAC C. TAGGART
F/S J.B. WATTS

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE
SGT J.W. WHITEHEAD

CIVILIAN - HARRY BULLOCK

LEST WE FORGET
 



Hagersville stone:
NO. 16 SERVICE FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL
R.C.A.F. HAGERSVILLE ONT.

A UNIT OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH
AIR TRAINING PLAN WAS DEDICATED
IN 1941 AND SERVED AS A TWIN AND
SINGLE ENGINE PILOT TRAINING SCHOOL

THE 16 AIRMEN NAMED ON THIS PLAQUE
LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING AT THIS SCHOOL.

IN REMEMBERANCE OF

LAC F.R. COOK
LAC G.H. McLURE
LAC H.W.H. PARTLOW
LAC J.N. FORST
LAC O.K. NICKERSON
P/O J. CASKIE
LAC L.C. JONES
LAC R.B. STEELMAN

LAC G.B. TAYLOR
LAC H.J. LEE
LAC F.V. STEPHENS
LAC SMILEY
F/L S.G.N. GROVE
SGT H.G.R. DRAKE
F/L J.H. CHANDLER
LAC T.O.C. POUYAT (RAF)

LEST WE FORGET
 


 
Dunnville stone:
BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN
NO. 6 SERVICE FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL - DUNNVILLE

1940 - 1944

THIS MEMORIAL IS IN RECOGNITION OF
ALL THOSE WHO SERVED AT NO.6 S.F.T.S.
ALSO IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING WHO LOST
THEIR LIVES WHILE STATIONED AT THIS BASE

ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
P/O  ANGUS, ALEXANDER
F/O  BALDWIN, JESSE
LAC  BENNIMAN, DONALD
LAC  BILKEY, JAMES
LAC   BLAIR, FREDERICK
LAC  CONNORS, HERBERT
LAC  DAVIDSON, ROBERT
W.O.1  DEAN, LLOYD
F/L  DUNSTAN, ARTHUR
LAC  FLEMING, MARSHALL
LAC  GOUGH, CHARLES
LAC  GUELICH, ALLISON
W.O.1  HERRON, MARVIN
LAC  KENDALL, CLYDE
W.O.2  KIRK, NORMAN
P/O  KLINTWORTH, RICHARD
W.O.1  LAWRENCE, ARTHUR
LAC  MOORE, SYDNEY
P/O  MCINTYRE, JAMES

LAC  MCMARTIN, JOHN
F/O  NAISMITH, ROSS
LAC  O'CONNOR, PATRICK
LAC  PANTING, REGINALD
F/SGT  PATERSON, JOHN
ROYAL F/O  PENN, LLOYD
SGT  POMEROY, GEORGE
LAC  POSTELWAITE, GEORGE
P/O  QUINN, DOUGLAS
P/O  ROY, WILLIAM
AC2  SCHARF, LYALL
P/O  SCHATZ, SANDFORD
LAC  SCHWATRZ, FRANK
LAC  STEVENS, ROBERT
LAC  STEWART, HAROLD
SGT  STRICKLAND, PETER
LAC  TAYLOR, WILLIAM
LAC  TIBBETTS, WILMOT

ROYAL AIR FORCE
LAC  SMITH, WILLIAM
LAC  TENNIAN, JOHN

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE
LAC  GREEN, STANTON
LAC  HAWORTH, JOHN
LAC  RANKIN, ALASTAIR
LAC  WILLIS, ALEXANDER
LAC  WOOD, NOEL

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
SGT  ANDERSON, CLARENCE
F/SGT  EVANS, BRIAN
P/O  LEIGH, KENNETH

LEST WE FORGET
NO. 6 RCAF DUNNVILLE MUSEUM 1999 INC.
JULY 4, 2004

 















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