MANITOBA AIR CADET SQUADRON ROLL CALL

With the start of the Air Cadet Program in 1941 squadrons were started at schools throughout the province in both the cities and small communities alike. No statistics exist to indicate the number of air cadets that participated in the training but suffice it to be told that most recruits into the RCAF had had some level of the program before they enlisted. The program was popular with teen boys and the number of squadrons grew until 1945 when 59 Air Cadet Squadrons operated in the province. Some twenty squadrons functioned within the present boundaries of Winnipeg alone.

At wars end, people wanted to forget the war years and the Air Cadet Program became less popular with the result that many of the squadrons disbanded. Some amalgamated with other squadrons, some held on for a few years before they closed; some were to reopen after a period of time. Seventy-one Air Cadet Squadrons have functioned in the Province of Manitoba, twenty-four remain active.

The following is the roll of squadrons that are active or have functioned in Manitoba:

SQUADRON LOCATION FORMED STATUS
6 Jim Whitecross Winnipeg September 24, 1941 Active
9 Neepawa Neepawa September 24, 1941 Active
50 Dauphin Dauphin November 25, 1941 Disbanded 1948
50 LCol Barker, V.C. Dauphin August 6, 1953 Active
82 Brandon Rotary Brandon January 12, 1942 Active
136 Roland Roland June 3, 1942 Disbanded March 1948
158 Fisher Fisher Branch September 1, 1989 Active
159 Alf Bocking Norwood August 28, 1942 Disbanded November 18, 1946
162 River Heights Winnipeg September 18, 1942 Disbanded November 7, 1945
165 North Norfolk MacGregor September 22, 1942 Disbanded November 18, 1946
170 St. James Winnipeg October 3, 1942 Active
174 Fort Rouge Winnipeg October 16, 1942 Disbanded October 9, 1943
175 St Johns Winnipeg September 28, 1942 Disbanded 1950
176 Boeing of Canada Winnipeg October 16, 1942 Active
177 Air Canada Winnipeg October 19, 1942 Active
178 Tiger Virden November 9, 1942 Disbanded August 1948
179 Killarney Killarney October 16, 1942 Disbanded March 1982
179 Killarney Killarney June 1, 1983 Relocated Morden September 1990
179 Morden Morden September 1990 Active
182 Kinsmen-Kelvin Winnipeg October 30, 1942 Disbanded November 18, 1946
182 G.M. Stefnufastur Gimli September 1, 1983 Active
189 Portage Portage La Prairie October 30, 1942 Disbanded February 24, 1945
191 West Winnipeg Rotary Winnipeg November 11, 1942 Active
199 St. Vital St. Vital November 7, 1942 Disbanded November 18, 1946
199 St. Vital Winnipeg January 29, 2003 Active
212 Souris Souris November 18, 1942 Disbanded June 28, 1945
220 Red River Winnipeg November 27, 1942 Active
229 Doric Boissevain Boissevain December 10, 1942 Disbanded January 31, 1946
234 Minnedosa Collegiate Minnedosa December 11, 1942 Disbanded January 31, 1946
249 Beausejour Beausejour January 16, 1943 Disbanded March 28, 1946
249 Beausejour Beausejour March 2, 1967 Active
252 St. Boniface Kiwanis Winnipeg January 16, 1943 Disbanded November 7, 1945
262 Carberry Carberry April 14, 1943 Disbanded August 1948
263 Melita Melita April 14, 1943 Disbanded May 1950
263 Intrepid Melita August 15, 1962 Active
265 Pilot Mound Pilot Mound April 1943 Disbanded 1951
272 B'Nai B'Rith Winnipeg May 7, 1943 Disbanded March 1948
286 Transcona Transcona June 14, 1943 Disbanded May 21, 1945
289 Rock Lake Mather June 29, 1943 Disbanded January 31, 1946
290 Hartney Hartney June 29, 1943 Disbanded November 18, 1946
298 Selkirk Selkirk July 15, 1943 Disbanded March 1948
301 Alan McLeod Stonewall July 20, 1943 Disbanded March 1948
301 Alan McLeod, V.C. Stonewall January 29, 2009 Active
302 Flin Flon Flin Flon July 22, 1943 Disbanded August 1948
302 Flin Flon Flin Flon November 24, 1948 Disbanded December 31, 1979
303 The Pas The Pas July 22, 1943 Disbanded June 30, 1946
303 The Pas The Pas February 8, 1952 Active
304 Alexander Alexander July 20, 1943 Disbanded January 31, 1946
305 Teulon Teulon July 28, 1943 Disbanded March 1948
306 Sperling Sperling August 2, 1943 Disbanded August 1948
307 Gateway Emerson August 2, 1943 Disbanded November 18, 1946
307 Stoneybrook Steinbach February 1, 2006 Active
309 Morden Morden August 2, 1943 Disbanded 1951
317 Strathclair Strathclair August 25, 1943 Active
318 Whitemouth Whitemouth August 26, 1943 Disbanded October 18, 1944
320 Rivers Rivers August 26, 1943 Disbanded March 1948
320 Rivers Rivers September 16, 1948 Disbanded January 1, 1974
323 Lord Kitchener North Kildonan September 1, 1943 Disbanded December 31, 1943
328 John Baskerville Winnipeg September 28, 1943 Disbanded August 1948
329 Morris Morris October 15, 1943 Disbanded March 1948
339 Plum Coulee Plum Coulee October 25, 1943 Disbanded November 7, 1945
344 Cartwright Cartwright November 6, 1943 Disbanded March 12, 1948
378 South Norfolk Treherne July 3, 1944 Disbanded March 1948
380 City of Winnipeg Winnipeg November 21, 1944 Disbanded November 24, 1945
390 Gordon Bell Winnipeg November 9, 1945 Disbanded November 6, 1957
519 Swan Valley Swan River February 3, 1950 Active
573 Andrew Mynarski, V.C. Winnipeg May 26, 1953 Active
575 Terrier Portage La Prairie September 2, 1953 Active
677 Russell Russell July 3, 1958 Active
680 Waskada Waskada September 16, 1958 Disbanded December 10, 1964
695 Beaver North Kildonan May 7, 1959 Disbanded March 28, 1968
737 Northern Pride Thompson May 27, 1963 Active
793 Louise Pilot Mound May 1, 1970 Disbanded April 30, 1980

On reviewing the list of squadrons above it was noted one in Winnipeg was No. 328 John Baskerville Squadron. Research revealed that No. 328 Squadron operated at the St. John's High School in Winnipeg. The history of the school notes that a cadet unit was formed in 1940 but that in 1943 it became the John Baskerville Air Squadron. No. 328 John Baskerville Squadron was started on September 28, 1943 and was disbanded in August 1948. But the question remained, "who was/is John Baskerville?"

Flight Lieutenant John Baskerville

Flight Lieutenant John Edward Baskerville, son of William Francis and Minnie Maude Baskerville, of Winnipeg, Manitoba and husband of Jane Beatty Baskerville, of Winnipeg was a former student of St. John's High School. The family resided at 254 Lansdowne Avenue in north Winnipeg. Flight Lieutenant Baskerville was killed on operations with No. 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force during the night of 19/20th March 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday). No. 51 Squadron's History notes:

"(Whitley N1405) Took off at 20.35 hrs from Dishforth in the first attack of the war on the German mainland and the largest raid of the war so far. It was a reprisal raid ordered by the British Government for their raid on the Orkney Islands when German aircraft attacked British ships in Scapa Flow but some dropped bombs on land and killed 1 civilian and wounded 7 more civilians in a village.

30 Whitley's and 20 Hamden's took part and reports were made that the bombing was accurate. 20 tons of high explosive was dropped together with 1,200 incendiary bombs.

This Whitley N1405 was the only aircraft lost and was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea just off the northern tip of Sylt. All crew were killed."

Flight Lieutenant John Edward Baskerville 37537 R.A.F. Age 25, was pilot of the Whitley N1405 in which he and the other four of his crew were killed. It is also noted his co-pilot was another Canadian, Pilot Officer Emery Orville Fennell 40293 R.A.F. Age 23 of Canora, Saskatchewan, the remainder were from the United Kingdom. Both Baskerville and Fennel are listed as members of the Royal Air Force but other listings have them as members of the Royal Canadian Air Force. While Baskerville and Fennell may not have been the first Canadian casualties of World War Two they certainly were the earliest of Bomber Commands casualties over Germany with many more to follow. They are buried in the Kiel War Cemetery.

Baskerville Island in Sharpe Lake, Manitoba is named after Flight Lieutenant John Baskerville. It is located in North East Manitoba north of the Ontario border.

If you can add to the No. 328 John Baskerville Squadron's story or any other squadron's, please contact the Manitoba Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada.


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