Course 103 commenced training February 27, 1944. Tragedy stuck April 3 when LAC’s Joseph Roy and John Carey Gardner were killed when their Ansons collided in the circuit and crashed. The Accident Investigation Board recommended: “that consideration should be given to the method of aerodrome control on take-off on this and other Units.” LAC Gardner was taking off from one of the runways in Anson 7619. LAC Roy was attempting to land Anson 7434. An Instructor in a third aircraft attempted to attract the attention of Roy so as to have the aircraft pull away. The Board concluded: “It is possible that LAC Roy may have been watching his instructor’s aircraft and not looking elsewhere.” Gordon Sluman recalls the incident: “During my time at Centralia, one incident took place that I’ll never forget. Two pilot trainees crashed head-on while doing "circuits and bumps" off the end of one runway. Both were killed and remarkably the fabric and debris still fluttered down 20 minutes later! I did not witness the crash but did view the tragic aftermath.”
Posted below is some of the correspondence surrounding several years of dealing with (a few good and many useless) public-funded Province of Ontario bureaucrats and politicians with regard to Huron Industrial Park, formerly RCAF Station Centralia. In 1967, the Canadian Forces base was transferred from the Government of Canada to the Province of Ontario. The facility was operated by the Ontario Development Corporation for many years. Then the Province of Ontario decided to sell the property to one buyer. Tenants at Huron Industrial Park decided to form an association (HPITA) in an attempt to convince the Province of Ontario to sever/sell the Huron Industrial Park property to the current tenants. I spent over 3 years of my time and money lobbying various levels of government bureaucrats and cabinet ministers, along with municipal officials, provincial MPP's, federal MP's and a federal candidate who became the MP for the riding. It finally took several telephone calls and a letter to members of the Ontario Realty Corporation board (see below)to "shake things up".