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    Hello, this site was suggested to me from roots , i am trying to find some information about my grandfather, b 1921 Barnsley, Yorkshire

    J Clarney service no. 1515648, i have recently come across his log book for RCAF between 1943-1946, it looks like he trained as a pilot then an instructor.

    Is there anyway i can find out more about this and why was he in Canada training?

    thanks

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    Charz: The "British Commonwealth Air Training Plan" was a major undertaking and many, many pilots were trained under that plan. The skies in Canada (particularly over the Prairies) were safe, uncongested, no pollution, typically clear for many days of the year, no mountains, road grids that made navigation easier, etc. Also, no enemy Aircraft. As such, many aircrew went to Canada as well as Austrailia for their initial training. By far, more aircrew were trained in Canada than in any other Commonwealth Country, although I do not have statistics for the number of pilots trained in the UK.

    My father was a Canadian (RCAF) trained in Canada under this plan. After his Service Flying Training School (SFTS) and Flying Instruction School, (FIS) he became an instructor with Elementary Flying Training School EFTS at Fairoaks in Surrey, England. He mentioned to me that the amount of training hours given to RAF pilots at Fairoaks declined substantially, just after he got there. He got them to their initial solo and they left soon after to the BCATP, overseas.

    Here are links to a few websites that outline in more detail than I am prepared to do here.

    http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=history/secondwar/Canada2/trainplan

    http://www.lancastermuseum.ca/bcatp.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Commonwealth_Air_Training_Plan

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_Commonwealth_Air_Training_Plan_fac ilities_in_Canada

    Jim
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    Thanks very much for this information, really appreciate taking the trouble to reply!
    Cheers charz

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