British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. As the focus of a Commonwealth-wide effort to instruct aircrew, Canada made a major contribution to Allied air superiority during World War II.

BCATP Station DeWinton

#31 Elementary Flying Training School This school was located thirteen kilometres east of DeWinton. Construction of the station began in 1940 and #31 Elementary Flying Training School began operations on…

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BCATP Station Pearce
Ansons at Pearce October 1945.

BCATP Station Pearce

#36 Elementary Flying Training School Located six kilometers north of the town of Pearce, Alberta (northeast of Fort Macleod), RCAF Aerodrome Pearce began operations on March 17, 1942 when twelve…

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BCATP Calgary

#4 Training Command Headquarters #4 Training Command Headquarters operated out of Regina, Saskatchewan from April, 1940 until October, 1941 when it was transferred to Calgary where it operated until November,…

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BCATP Station Vulcan
Vulcan Hangars.

BCATP Station Vulcan

The Airmail Beacon An airmail service was operating in Alberta by 1930 when it was decided that a "beacon" and emergency landing field should be established on a high point…

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BCATP Station Bowden

 #32 Elementary Flying Training School No. 32 EFTS began training students in the fall of 1941 with the Royal Air Force operating the school under the command of W/C Bristow.…

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BCATP Station Claresholm

#15 Service Flying Training School The formation of #15 SFTS was authorized to become effective on June 9, 1941 at Claresholm, Alberta. W/C Hugh L. Campbell was its first commanding…

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BCATP Station Edmonton

#16 Elementary Flying Training School #16 EFTS opened on November 11, 1940 at the Edmonton Municipal Airport. It was operated by the Northern Alberta Flying Training School Ltd. under the…

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BCATP Station Fort Macleod
No 7 SFTS C Flight with Crest.

BCATP Station Fort Macleod

#7 Service Flying Training School #7 SFTS began operation in December, 1940 under the command of Group Captain Arthur L. James. Lieutentant-Governor J.C. Bowen declared the school officially open. Annora…

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BCATP Station High River
[ courtesy Norm McRae ]

BCATP Station High River

 No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School Located 30 km north of Nanton, the Town of High River has played a significant role in Canada's aviation history. "Have you figured out…

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BCATP Station Lethbridge

#5 Elementary Flying Training School The Kenyon Field Airport was completed as a civilian airfield and officially opened on June 7, 1939. Named after Air Commodore Herbert Hollick-Kenyon, it was…

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