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Aircraft of the BCATP

At the beginning of the war, the Battle saw service as a light day bomber but was soon found to be too slow, vulnerable and under-gunned for air warfare in World War II. Those surviving were reallocated to training duties, 739 serving in Canada as trainers. Most were used for bombing and gunnery training, with a small number equipped as target tugs. Some had the rear cockpit replaced with a Bristol turret for gunnery training.

[ photos courtesy Maynard Norby ]

Fairey Battles at Mossbank, Saskatchewan; 1941
[ courtesy Marty Dewis ]

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