RCAF Station Fingal

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Coordinates: 42°41′22″N 081°19′58″W / 42.68944°N 81.33278°W / 42.68944; -81.33278 (RCAF Station Fingal)

RCAF Station Fingal
RCAF Aerial View 1940s.jpg
Fingal in the 1940s
Active 25 November 1940 – 17 February 1945
Country Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Flag of Canada.svg
Branch Royal Canadian Air Force Air Force Ensign of Canada (1941-1968).svg
Role British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
Aircrew training
Part of No. 1 Training Command
Schools No. 4 Bombing and Gunnery School
Station Magazine Fingal Observer
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Aircraft flown
Trainer Avro Anson
Fairey Battle
Westland Lysander
Bristol Bolingbroke
Northrop Nomad

RCAF Station Fingal was a Second World War British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) station located near Fingal, Ontario, Canada. It was operated and administered by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

Fingal hosted No. 4 Bomber and Gunnery School (No. 4 B&GS), which trained bomb aimers and air gunners. The school opened on 25 November 1940 and closed 17 February 1945. Aircraft used included the Fairey Battle, Northrop Nomad, Westland Lysander, Bristol Bolingbroke and Avro Anson. Bombing ranges were located near Melbourne, Frome, Tempo, and Dutton. A bombing range was also located on Lake Erie. A marine unit was based in Port Stanley.[1][2]

The area is now a wildlife preserve called the "Fingal Wildlife Management Area". Wildlife habitat has been restored and area has been set aside for agricultural demonstration purposes. Interpretive trails with signage have been installed.

Fingal scenes[edit]

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  1. ^ Forsyth, Bruce (1998). "A Short History of Abandoned and Downsized Canadian Military Bases". Military Bruce Historical Writings by Bruce Forsyth. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Hatch, F. J. (1983). The Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 1939-1945. Ottawa: Directorate of History, Department of National Defence. ISBN 0660114437. 

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