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Added to the activity centered around Edmonton’s Blatchford Field was the huge amount of work being done by Aircraft Repair Limited, run by Leigh Brintnell. There was work repairing damaged aircraft that had been sent from the aerial battles early in the Second World War. There was also the task of fixing damaged aircraft from the Lend-Lease program. Aircraft Repair Ltd. was the practical choice for repairing aircraft from the BCATP. With the expanded work, employees moved to their own plant in April 1941. The number of staff increased to 1,750 and Aircraft Repair became the largest repair overhaul plant in Canada.

By October, Aircraft Repair Ltd. was celebrating the overhaul of 1,000 aircraft and 1,500 engines. As the demand increased for their services, the company hired field crews to travel to air training schools of the BCATP in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and repair aircraft that had sustained minor damage.

Expansion could not continue as wartime activities started to slow in 1944, and American personnel started to leave in large numbers. The need for services of Aircraft Repair Ltd. dropped off rapidly, and layoffs began as many wondered what would happen after the war ended.

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