Commonwealth
Air Training Program

1940 – 1945


Photographs of
Memorial

Kingston
Kings County
Nova Scotia

Located on the east side of Marshall Road about 40m north from Highway One

GPS location:   44°59'01"N   64°57'38"W


Also see:   Commonwealth Air Training Program memorial, Middleton





Kingston: Commonwealth Air Training Program memorial
Photographed on 2 June 2003


Kingston: Commonwealth Air Training Program memorial
Photographed on 2 June 2003


CFB Greenwood was established in 1942 as a Royal Air Force Station
as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).
The BCATP was a plan to expand all Commonwealth air forces.
Greenwood was used as a training base during WW2.





The Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the BCATP, 1939-1945,
223 pages, by Fred J. Hatch, published 1983 by the Department of
National Defence, ISBN 0660114437, states that 856 students were
killed during their training in Canada by the BCATP.
The expression "Aerodrome of Democracy" is from Lester B. Pearson. While he was posted
to the Canadian embassy in Washington, he slipped it into a message that he had written for
the President of the United States to sign.
The phrase was later used by F.J. Hatch in the title of his book on the history of the BCATP.
Source:   http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vol3/no1_e/history_e/history1_e.html

Under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, begun in late 1939,
crews for the air forces of Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand
were trained at airfields scattered across Canada.  By its finish in 1945,
the plan had trained 131,553 airmen, 55 per cent of them Canadian.

Historians J.L. Granatstein and Desmond Morton in Canada
and the Two World Wars,
published in 2003, describe the British
Commonwealth Air Training Plan as "quite possibly Canada's major
contribution" to World War Two.

The Globe & Mail, 17 March 2005

Links to Relevant Websites

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum History of the BCATP
    http://www.warplane.com/pages/ourstories_bcapt.html


The BCATP by Veterans Affairs Canada
    http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=history/secondWar/bcatp


Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
    http://www.airmuseum.ca/


Aircraft of the BCATP
    http://www.lancastermuseum.ca/aircraftbcatp.html


The BCATP (author not known)
    http://www.ualberta.ca/EDMONTON/CONTRIB/airmuseum/aambcatp.html


Garden of Memories BCATP video
On June 6, 1999, the "Garden of Memories" memorial was unveiled in Winnipeg
as a permanent tribute to all those, both civilian and military alike, who trained, and
contributed to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).
    http://www.airforce.gc.ca/grfx/hist_e/Gardenposter.jpg


Shearwater Aviation Museum
    http://www.shearwateraviationmuseum.ns.ca/







Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
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Memorial: Commonwealth Air Training Program, 1940-1945 Middleton
    /annapco/bcatpww2.html


Bridgetown war memorial Bridgetown war memorial Bridgetown
    /annapco/bridgetownm.html


Clementsport war memorial Clementsport war memorial Clementsport
    /annapco/clemport.html


Clementsvale war memorial Clementsvale war memorial Clementsvale
    /annapco/clemvalem.html


Springfield war memorial Springfield war memorial Springfield
    /annapco/springfld.html


New Ross war memorial New Ross war memorial New Ross
    /lunenco/rossmem.html


North Mountain airplane crash memorial North Mountain airplane crash memorial Brow of Mountain
    /kingsco/browmtn.html


Wolfville war memorial Wolfville war memorial Wolfville
    /kingsco/wolfmem.html


Canning war memorial Canning war memorial Canning
    /kingsco/cannmem.html


Kentville Legion war memorial Kentville Legion war memorial Kentville
    /kingsco/kentlegion.html


Kentville Park war memorial Kentville Park war memorial Kentville
    /kingsco/kentmem.html


Kempt war memorial Kempt war memorial Kempt
    /qrm/kemptmem.html



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