Wings for Victory: The Remarkable Story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada -a Signed Copy ( RAF / R.A.F. / RCAF / R.C.A.F. / Royal Canadian Air Force )( BCATP / B.C.A.T.P. )

By: Dunmore, Spencer (signed), Foreword By T G ( Hamish ) Mahaddie

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----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dustjacket, signed and inscribed by Dunmore, 399 pages, b&w photos, ---"The proportions of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan were huge. At its peak, the plan was graduating over 3,000 aircrew a month from 107 training schools across Canada. In total, graduates numbered more than 130,000. This enormous war effort made Canada WWII’s aerodrome of democracy. Full of personal anecdotes, Wings For Victory is the story of the BCATP and of the politicians who negotiated it into existence, of the officers and airmen of the RCAF and the RAF, and of the many civilians who made it work day by day. Above all, it is the story of the young men who entered the scheme as clerks and farmers, students and salesmen, and graduated as pilots, navigators, air gunners, air bombers, and flight engineers. In the late 1930s, mindful of the need to play an important role in the looming war, Canadian politicians conceived of a plan that would entail a major commitment to the war effort yet keep the country’s young men at home and avoid the horrendous loss of Canadian lives experienced on the ground in WWI. The British Commonwealth Air training Plan was born, whereby young recruits from Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand would join their Canadian counterparts in training schools to be set up across the country. Here they would be trained to fight the battles of the new war, in the air. Canada was the ideal location, far enough away from the threat of air raids, and with plenty of wide open space for the business of building airfields and teaching men to fly. In a huge, country-wide mobilization of personnel and resources, training facilities were hastily erected from Vancouver to Charlottetown. And when young recruits from around the globe started pouring into the scores of towns and villages across the map selected as sites for the BCATP, communities were turned upside down. Spencer Dunmore follows these raw young recruits through the lengthy selection process and training regimen that awaited them so far from home. Many wouldn’t make it. A large number washed out, finding themselves no longer considered pilot material. The training process would injure some and kill some more. A handful would discover that, although they had always dreamed of flying, they loathed and feared the reality of it. But masses of them were eventually successful and were shipped to Europe, where they put their Canadian training to the ultimate test, winning the war in the air. ---Synopsis: In the late 1930s, mindful of the need to play an important role in the looming war, Canadian politicians conceived of a plan that would entail a major commitment to the war effort, yet keep the country's young men at home and avoid the horrendous loss of Canadian lives experienced on the ground in World War I. The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BACTP) was born, whereby young recruits from Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand would join their Canadian counterparts in training schools to be set up across the country. Here they would be trained to fight the battles of the new war, in the air. Canada was the ideal location, far enough away from the threat of air raids and with plenty of wide-open space for the business of building airfields and teaching men to fly. In a huge, country-wide mobilization of personnel and resources, training facilities were hastily erected from Vancouver to Charlottetown. And, when young recruits from around the globe started pouring into the scores of towns and villages selected as sites for the BACTP, communities were turned upside down. The author follows these raw, young recuits through the lengthy selection process and training regimen that awaited them so far from home. Many wouldn't make it. Large numbers found to their indignation that they weren't considered pilot material and would have to serve some other way. The training process would injure some and kill some more. A handful would discover that, although they had dreamed of flying since childhood, they loathed and feared the reality of it. The successful ones would eventually take their place on a parade ground to receive the coveted wings that testified to their skill as airmen. Thus equipped, they took to the air over Europe and were counted among the best-trained airmen in the world becoming, by war's end, Canada's principal contribution to victory. Spencer Dunmore is the author of "Reap the Whirlwind: The Untold Story of 6 Group, Canada's Bomber Force of World War II", and the novels "Bomb Run", "Tower of Strength", "Collision", "Final Approach" and "No Holds Barred". He is also the author of a short story collection, "Squadron". "---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo

Title: Wings for Victory: The Remarkable Story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada -a Signed Copy ( RAF / R.A.F. / RCAF / R.C.A.F. / Royal Canadian Air Force )( BCATP / B.C.A.T.P. )

Author Name: Dunmore, Spencer (signed), Foreword By T G ( Hamish ) Mahaddie

Illustrator: Uncredited Cover Art

Categories: Military History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Toronto, ON: McClelland and Stewart ( M&S ), 1994, 1st edition, First Printing: 1994

ISBN Number: 0771029276

ISBN Number 13: 9780771029271

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 141612

Keywords: Dunmore, Spencer (signed), Foreword By T G ( Hamish ) Mahaddie