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The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Town of Goderich
At Goderich Sky Harbour Airport
in front of the main airport building
3.8 km north from the junction of
Highways 8 and 21 in Goderich
via Highway 21 and Airport Road (Road 37)

Coordinates: N 43 45.743 W 81 42.634


Plaque Text

With the outbreak of hostilities in 1939, one of Canada's major responsibilities was to provide air training facilities removed from the theatre of war. On December 17, 1939, the Plan was inaugurated. The first schools were opened the following year, among them No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School here at Sky Harbour. At the height of operations there were 38 training units in Ontario alone, including 32 air training schools. Before termination of the Plan on March 31, 1945, these and 70 similar establishments elsewhere in Canada trained over 300,000 aircrew, ground crew and airwomen, mostly from Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand but including American volunteers and escapees from Nazi-occupied Europe.

Related Ontario plaques
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
Royal Canadian Air Force No. 6 Service Flying Training School
RCAF Technical Training School



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