Sunday, October 20, 2013

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

This afternoon we visited this museum. Canada served as a training round for WWII pilots from England, Canada, Australia  and New Zealand. Brandon has one of last surviving all wood hangers built all over western Canada for pilot training. Estevan Saskatchewan where I grew up had over 4 of them at one time. (Zero remain)


This power chair was built from scrapped WWII aircraft parts by the Rotary Club members for a paraplegic in the 1950’s.


This is a blow up of a hand drawn poster, showing the output of WWII pilots trained in Western Canada.

Of the 72,734 Canadian WWII airmen trained, over 18,000 did not get to grow old! One in four airmen died. This is the next project of this museum, honoring the Canadian airmen who died in this war.

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RCAF = Royal Canadian Air Force; RAF = Royal Air Force (ENGLAND); RAAF = Royal Australian Air Force; and RNZAF = Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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