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The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

This Canadian-based and largely Canadian-administered aircrew training scheme produced over 130,000 flying personnel, more than half of these Canadian. Mackenzie King saw the plan as Canada's greatest contribution to the war effort.

Barris, Ted. -- Behind the glory. -- Toronto : Macmillan, 1992. -- 358 p.

  • A popular account of the plan, which focuses upon the flying instructors

Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force. -- Final report of the Chief of the Air Staff to the members of the Supervisory Board, British Commonwealth Air Training Plan : a summary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan from its inception on December 17, 1939, to termination on March 31, 1945. -- [S.l. : s.n.], 1945. -- 63 p.

Dunmore, Spencer. -- Wings for victory : the remarkable story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada. -- Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1994. -- 399 p.

* Hatch, F.J. -- The aerodrome of democracy : Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 1939-1945. -- Ottawa : Directorate of History, Dept. of National Defence, 1983. -- 223 p. -- (Monograph series no. 1). -- Also published in French under the title: Le Canada, aérodrome de la démocratie : le plan d'entraînement aérien du Commonwealth britannique, 1939-1945

Ground Crews

Cumming, Michael. -- Radar reflections : the secret life of Air Force radar mechanics in World War II. -- Calgary : Radar Associates, 2000. -- 246 p.

Robinson, J.R. ; Grahame, Fred B. -- Radar officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1940-1946. -- Dundas, Ont. : Magra Pub., 1995. -- 100 p.

Velleman, Alexander. -- The RCAF as seen from the ground (a worm's-eye view). -- Stittsville, Ont. : Canada's Wings, 1986. -- 3 vol.

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