RCAF Station Virden

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RCAF Station Virden
Near Virden, Manitoba in Canada
RCAF Station Virden is located in Manitoba
RCAF Station Virden
RCAF Station Virden
Coordinates Coordinates: 49°53′N 100°55′W / 49.883°N 100.917°W / 49.883; -100.917[1]
Site information
Operator Formerly Royal Canadian Air Force
Site history
In use 1941-4
Garrison information
Occupants No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School(1941-1944)
Airfield information
Identifiers IATA: none, ICAO: none
Elevation 1446'[1] AMSL
Direction Length and surface
All Direction 3600' Diameter Turf

RCAF Station Virden was a Second World War, British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) flying training station located north of Virden, Manitoba, Canada. It was operated and administered by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and is now the site of Virden/R.J. (Bob) Andrew Field Regional Aerodrome.

RCAF Aerodrome Virden[edit]

In approximately 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 49°53′N 100°55′W / 49.883°N 100.917°W / 49.883; -100.917 with a Var. 14 degrees 30' E and elevation of 1446'. The runway is listed as a 3600' diameter, Turf, All way field.[1]


The station hosted No. 19 Elementary Flying Training School (19 EFTS). Flight instructors were civilian and were members of the Brandon-Virden Flying Club and the Moose Jaw Flying Club. Aircraft used include the de Havilland Tiger Moth and Fairchild Cornell. A relief (emergency) landing field was located near Lenore. No. 19 EFTS opened May 16, 1941, and closed December 15, 1944.[2]



  • ^ a b c Staff writer (c. 1942). Pilots Handbook of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases Vol. 2. Royal Canadian Air Force. p. 25. 
  • ^ 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.