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The Politics of British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Base Selection. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1912570
  • April 2009
  • Region: United Kingdom, Great Britain
  • 204 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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Between 1940 and 1945, Canada trained 131,533
Commonwealth pilots and air crew under the BCATP for
the Allied war effort. To do so, the RCAF had to
expand its aerodrome infrastructure to accommodate
over one hundred training schools and their auxiliary
fields. Few historians have considered the site
selection process, assuming that community lobbying
and political patronage determined where air bases
were built. To verify these hypotheses, the author
has consulted the primary records (politicians’
personal papers, communities’ lobbying letters,
official investigation reports, and final selection
decisions), reconstructed the BCATP selection
process, and discovered that partisan politics played
no part. Experts from the Department of Transport
and the RCAF evaluated and selected sites according
to pre-determined, objective, and technical criteria
that ensured the timely and economical development of
aerodromes suitable for military air training. The
book will be of value to anyone interested in
Canada’s air force, government policy, civil-military
relations, political activism, and the Western
provinces during the Second World War.

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Rachel Lea, Heide.
BA (Hons), MA. Studied history at Carleton
University. Researched Canadian air force professionalization,
training, leadership, morale, accident investigation, and
government policy between the First World War and the early Cold
War period. Defence Scientist/Strategic Analyst with Defence
Research and Development Canada.

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