Commonwealth Air Training Plan

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Commonwealth Air Training Plan

1940 – 1945

Photographs of Memorial
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

Kingston Kings County Nova Scotia


Located on the east side of Marshall Road about 40m north from Highway One


GPS location: 44°59’01″N 64°57’38″W


Also see: Commonwealth Air Training Plan memorial, Middleton

Kingston: Commonwealth Air Training Plan memorial

Photographed on 2 June 2003

Kingston: Commonwealth Air Training Plan memorial

Photographed on 2 June 2003

CFB Greenwood was established in 1942 as a Royal Air Force Station
as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).
The BCATP was a plan to expand all Commonwealth air forces.
Greenwood was used as a training base during WW2.

The Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the BCATP, 1939-1945,
223 pages, by Fred J. Hatch, published 1983 by the Department of
National Defence, ISBN 0660114437, states that 856 students were
killed during their training in Canada by the BCATP.

The expression “Aerodrome of Democracy” is from Lester B. Pearson. While he was posted to the Canadian embassy in Washington, he slipped it into a message that he had written for the President of the United States to sign.
The phrase was later used by F.J. Hatch in the title of his book on the history of the BCATP.
Source: http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vol3/no1_e/history_e/history1_e.html

Under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, begun in late 1939,
crews for the air forces of Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand
were trained at airfields scattered across Canada. By its finish in 1945,
the plan had trained 131,553 airmen, 55 per cent of them Canadian.
Historians J.L. Granatstein and Desmond Morton in Canada
and the Two World Wars,
published in 2003, describe the British
Commonwealth Air Training Plan as “quite possibly Canada’s major
contribution” to World War Two.
The Globe & Mail, 17 March 2005

 


Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
History of the BCATP
http://www.warplane.com/pages/ourstories_bcapt.html


The BCATP
by Veterans Affairs Canada
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=history/secondWar/bcatp


Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

http://www.airmuseum.ca/


Aircraft of the BCATP

http://www.lancastermuseum.ca/aircraftbcatp.html


The BCATP
(author not known)
http://www.ualberta.ca/EDMONTON/CONTRIB/airmuseum/aambcatp.html


Garden of Memories
BCATP video
On June 6, 1999, the “Garden of Memories” memorial was unveiled in Winnipeg
as a permanent tribute to all those, both civilian and military alike, who trained, and
contributed to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).
http://www.airforce.gc.ca/grfx/hist_e/Gardenposter.jpg


Shearwater Aviation Museum

http://www.shearwateraviationmuseum.ns.ca/

 

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