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British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

Type: Document

In 1939, Prime Minister Mackenzie King had a dream which he believed was a sign of "the power of the airplane in determining ultimate victory" for the war effort. That dream became a reality in the form of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

War in the Air Elsewhere - Canada and the Second World War, 1939-1945

Type: Document

Canadian airmen took part in various missions far from their main theatres of operation. These missions included reconnaissance, air transport, sea patrol and others, sometimes flying from remote bases.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Into the Blue - Pilot Training in Canada, 1917-18

Type: Document

In 1917-18 the British air force directed an ambitious flying training operation in Canada. The scheme had no precedent, but it inspired the vast British Commonwealth Air Training Plan of the Second World War, and subsequent training programs in Canada for aircrew from nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that continue to the present day. This online article has information about the training program and includes a bibliography.

Site: Canadian War Museum

2000 Veterans' Week Poster

Type: DocumentImage

Here are some activities and symbols associated with Remembrance Day. Also some little known facts regarding our men over seas and life on the homefront are presented. Service Women, politicians, families and heroes are all remembered on this site.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Cost of War - Battle of the Atlantic

Type: Document

The Battle of the Atlantic was a decisive struggle that was won, just in time, with massive help from Canada--from its navy, from its airmen, from its merchant marine and from its civilian population. This document presents the cost of this victory in terms of human lives lost and describes the sacrifice of RCAF Flight-Lieutenant David Hornell, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Air Force Programs - National Security and Defence

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

Listing of films from the National Film Board. Royal Canadian Air Force training films dominate this site. However, there are also public relations clips regarding the military forces and particularly the Air Force.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

Invasion of the Balkans: Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete, 1940-1941 - Operations - Democracy at War

Type: DocumentImage

On October 28, 1940, the Italian Duce, Benito Mussolini, invaded northern Greece from Albania, which was at that time under Italian control. Although greatly outnumbered, within a month the Greek army had pushed the Italians back into Albania. Adolf Hitler was unwilling to allow Italy, his major ally, to be humiliated and he prepared to attack Greece, Britain's last European ally.

Site: Canadian War Museum

The War in the Air - Canada and the First World War

Type: Document

The airplane, regarded by military authorities in 1914 as little more than a novelty, became over the next four years a military necessity. The flyer became a new kind of warrior - a chivalric, twentieth century, knight-errant. Canadian airmen played a particularly significant and brilliant role in the air. Thousands of Canadians served as pilots, observers and mechanics, in every theatre of the war, winning hundreds of decorations and awards for valour including three Victoria Crosses.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

World War II - Air Force History

Type: Document

During World War II the RCAF expanded into the fourth largest air power of the Allied Forces. Its personnel served on every type of mission in theatres ranging from the North Atlantic to South East Asia. This resource describes the evolution of Canada's airforce during that time.

Site: National Defence

Commonwealth Air Forces Ottawa Memorial

Type: Document

A huge bronze globe sits high above the Ottawa River surrounded by lawns. It is a striking tribute to the 809 men and women of the Commonwealth air forces who went missing while serving during World War Two.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada