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    This may be my strangest query. The RCAF had several entertainment groups overseas, the largest being "The Blackouts" who performed from December 1943 to August 1945. Many of their appearances were at RAF bases and training units, often before an audience that was 90 percent non-Canadian. They also appeared at American bases in Northern Ireland and in southern France. They seemed to go over well with RAF schools in Canada (1943), but Canadian and British concepts of humour often diverge. Is it possible that any reader of this forum, researching his or her particular interest, has found a reference to this group, and what impressions they left on their non-Canadian audiences ?

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    Hugh, Hi,
    Can't be much help, but if anybody knows (or knows who does) it will be "The Stage" (https://www.thestage.co.uk) which was/is the principal 'rag' of the thespians. Also you might try Googling 'ENSA'. This was the 'official' entertainments lot in WW2 - the least rude of the decodes of the acronym was "Every Night Something Awful"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good luck
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    Hugh,

    Many references to the Blackouts here. Bibliography of the thesis has several citations for files at the LAC.

    https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j...PvkB0-fKJCxqOg

    Dave

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