:: Friday, October 07, 2005 ::
road trip: I decided to go on a little trip north on HWY4 yesterday. Early on, an abandoned motel caught my eye. It turned out it was on the edge of the closed CFB Clinton. Anyone who has driven through Clinton has seen the big radar antenna memorial downtown. But what I didn't know was that CFB Clinton was also a WWII secret radar training school. Built for the RAF, over 6000 radar mechanics were trained on highly secret radar equipment at #31 RAF Radar School during WWII. Initial training in radio techniques was provided by Universities and Technical Schools across Canada. Those who passed a tough exam completed their radar training at Clinton. The importance of the skills of radar mechanics was emphasized by Winston Churchill, when he said in 1943 that "Radio Mechanics were largely responsible for the United Kingdom victory over the massed German air fleets in 1940." --- from RCAF Museum.
There is no plaque, or marker, or memorial on the grounds of the base. And what remains are being torn down and systematically removed. More photos to follow...
More info from this PDF file at Huroneast.com detailing Vanastra Ontario - which is what CFB Clinton was renamed after it was closed and bought by a developer in the 1970s.
:: Mike Wood 11:39 [+] ::
I knew about Clinton, (Vanastra) because my father was trained there for Radar technology for the RAF. He was later stationed on the DEW Line. Thanks for the link to the RAF site. I've been looking for somewhere where there may be old pictures - All the ones my dad had were lost in a fire....