December 17, 1939, two months after joining World War II,
Canada signed on to the British Commonwealth Air Training
Plan (BCATP). Far from Europe and destructive German attacks,
yet closer to Britain than Australia or New Zealand, Canada
was the ideal training ground for Commonwealth air force
Dozens of training schools opened across Canada,
including 18 in Alberta. In small prairie cities and
towns such as Vulcan, Claresholm and Medicine Hat, budding young airmen
from around the world arrived to train for the battle that
raged in the skies over Europe.
Wings Over Alberta explores a unique period in the formation
of the province and the role that it played in Canada’s
contribution to World War II. Canada’s Air War provides
a background to the Royal Canadian Armed Forces efforts
overseas and at home, as well as the development of the
BCATP itself. The Homefront examines the ins and outs of
the Plan in Alberta and the relationship between the training
centres and the communities that they functioned within.
The Stories section contains just that: stories, first hand
recollections of those who trained in Alberta.
This digital collection was produced with
Canada's Digital Collections Initiative,