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StoriesBill and Alan Archbold in Calgary

Every person who participated in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) in Alberta has a different story to tell. Some remember it as the best time in their lives, others don't recall it quite as enthusiastically. These aBruce and Douglas Warrenre their stories, in their own words.

Included in this section is, simply, a handful of memories, a sampling of stories told by those who trained in Alberta during World War II under the BCATP. These are the recollections of learning to fly warplanes in Canada's prairie skies, provided by people from different places, with diverse ways of living, all trying to get along and adjust to their wartime circumstances. These are tales of harrowing close calls and tragic mishaps. These are also quiet stories about the struggles and joys of day-to-day life as part of the BCATP, with recollections of warm welcomes and frosty weather.  Above all else, these are honest memories of humour, friendships made and time well spent, on and off the base. 

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