RCAF Station Mossbank

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RCAF Station Mossbank
Mossbank, Saskatchewan
Near Mossbank, Saskatchewan in Canada
RCAF Station Mossbank is located in Saskatchewan
RCAF Station Mossbank
RCAF Station Mossbank
Coordinates Coordinates: 49°56′N 105°52′W / 49.933°N 105.867°W / 49.933; -105.867[1]
Site information
Operator Formerly Royal Canadian Air Force
Site history
In use 1940-4
Garrison information
Occupants No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School(1940-1944)
Airfield information
Identifiers IATA: none, ICAO: none
Elevation 2320'[1] AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
18-36 3450' Hard Surface[1]
12-30 3450' Hard Surface[1]
6-24 3400' Hard Surface[1]
Airfields

RCAF Station Mossbank opened 28 Oct 1940 and was home to No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School. The station was a Second World War, British Commonwealth Air Training Plan training facility located near Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was similar to the gunnery school at Dafoe, Saskatchewan. The proximity to a lake (Old Wives Lake) was important since the lake could be used for bombing and gunnery practice. Aircraft used include the Westland Lysander, Bristol Bolingbroke, Avro Anson, and Fairey Battle. The school closed 15 December 1944, after having graduated 2,539 air bombers and 3,702 air gunners.[2]

Aerodrome[edit]

In approximately 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 49°56′N 105°52′W / 49.933°N 105.867°W / 49.933; -105.867 with a Var. 18 degrees E and elevation of 2300'. 3 runways were listed as follows:

Runway Name Length Width Surface
18/36 3450' 150' Hard surfaced
12/30 3450' 150' Hard surfaced
6/24 3400' 150' Hard surfaced

[1]

RCAF Mossbank today[edit]

Cairn at the location of the former base

Today the airfield is abandoned with only the gunnery backstop, hangar pads and weedy, broken runways to see. It is used as a "practice airshow airport" for 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (The Snowbirds) as it is conveniently located in their training area CYR 303 (restricted).

On December 10, 2004, a collision between two CT-114 Tutor jets from the Snowbirds occurred during training over Mossbank. The collision led to the death of Capt. Miles Selby. Capt. Chuck Mallett survived the collision and subsequent crash after he was "thrown out" as the airplane disintegrated.

Selby Road on the eastern edge of the airbase has been dedicated in the memory of Capt. Miles Selby.

A cairn is located at the entrance of the Mossbank Golf Course, which borders the old base. The cairn is dedicated to all the people that have served at Mossbank.

Turvey Centre, located near IPSCO (Interprovincial Steel and Pipe Corporation)(new name is Evares as of 2008) in Regina, was originally an aircraft hangar from Mossbank. The building, which now has a stage and second floor balcony, is now used for events such as wedding receptions, hobby shows, swap meets and other activities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Staff writer (c. 1942). Pilots Handbook of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases Vol. 2. Royal Canadian Air Force. p. 53. 
  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.