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McCain Foods French Fry plant sits on an important piece of history

posted Nov 19, 2018, 9:42 AM by Kathy Carr
CARBERRY, MB – Who knew that a strategically critical Royal Canadian Air Force Training Base was located on what is now the site of McCain’s French fry facility in Carberry, Manitoba? This rich piece of fascinating history was brought to life by the McCain team who in­stalled a special memorial in the office, displaying a variety of memorabilia to showcase the role that the Carberry community played in historical, global events. This is especially timely as Canada recognizes the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day this weekend.
Many McCain emp­loyees and grower partners have direct ties to the air force base through family members who served there during the war. One employee, in particular, is Glen Cry­derman, an Indus­trial Millwright who has been a member of the Car­berry team for twenty-four years. He was named after his grandfather “Glen Cryderman” who was a bombing instructor on the Base, training the young British commonwealth airmen. He attempted to go overseas after another member of the Cry­derman family lost his life in the conflict, but the Canadian military would not allow him to go, so he remained in Carberry serving as a bombing instructor until the end of the war. 
We are grateful to the men and women who served our country at home and abroad, and we will never forget their sacrifices.  
The Royal Air Force (RAF) opened No. 33 Service Flying Training School (SFTS) here in December 1940 after a year of construction. As with all RAF training facilities in Canada, the station was subject to Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) administrative and operational control and formally became part of the British Common­wealth Air Training Plan in 1942. The school closed in November 1944. The French fry journey on this site started in 1961.  McCain Foods acquired the site in 2004 from Midwest Foods. 
McCain Carberry is very proud of this rich piece of history. Some of the memorabilia: A vintage RAF airman’s uniform from the training times between 1940 and 1944. Vintage propeller from an Anson aircraft - the plane that was used to train the British pilots. Aerial photograph of the air base, including the runways. War time photos of the building on the Carberry site. People arriving at the Carberry Train station getting ready for Training. 
Canadians and Americans killed while training at the Service Flying Training School No. 33 were returned to their home communities for burial. Australian, New Zealand, and British fatalities were buried in the military cemetery at Brandon, Manitoba.

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