The RCAF arrived at Grostenquin in October of 1952 and effectively departed by July 1964. As was the case with all military installations, elaborate signs were constructed bearing the identification of the location - and strategically placed for all to see when approaching the station.
2 Wing at Grostenquin was no different than any other RCAF station. What appears to be the first sign appears in the 1953 photos offered below and simply read "RCAF Grostenquin". This sign appears to have been located on the left hand side of the approach road - about half way between the intersection of highway D79 (the road that ran between Hemering and the village of Grostenquin) and the main gate to the airfield. This sign was rather basic in design.
It was time for a change - a major change. The second sign was much larger, and it was moved back closer to the intersection of D79 and the approach road to the airfield. You will note (in the May 1954 photo) that the sign referred to "N2 Fighter Wing Headquarters" while this same sign (by April 1957) read "2 Fighter Wing Grostenquin".
The next noticeable change in signs appears with the arrival of an Accident Statistic Board in August 1960. This sign was located on the right hand side of the road as you departed the station.
It was time for yet another change, and by April 1961 the large station sign was moved from the intersection of highway D79 and the approach road to the station - to a location very close to the main gate - on the right hand side of the road as you approached the airfield. If you look very carefully at the April 1961 photo, you will notice that they also moved the Accident Statistics Board to a position 90 degrees from the main station sign. In other words - as you drove into the station you would be able to read the station sign, and as you departed the station, you would be able to read the Accident Statistics Board.
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Updated: February 17, 2005