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BCATP In Saskatchewan - A Digital Story

A display showing the front page of the WINGS newspaper   Military uniformed young men sitting and standing for a picture   Poster recruiting men for the Royal Canadian Air Force during second World War

Above Photos From Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan 

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) was established during the Second World War.  Often referred to as simply "The Plan", this was a massive, joint military aircrew training program created by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand during the Second World War.

By the end of the Second World War, the BCATP had produced 131,553 aircrew, including pilots, wireless operators, air gunners, and navigators for the Air Forces of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. There was also a Women's Division in which 17,038 women proudly wore its uniform before the service was abolished on December 11th, 1946.

In Saskatchewan, there were 20 of these facilities in major cities and smaller outlying communities. 

For the BCATP in Saskatchewan Exhibit in the Queen Elizabeth II Gallery at Government House, the photographs and documents in this display are examples of the many BCATP archival records preserved at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan.

The Archives is an essential source for both in-person and distance researchers. It has also been invaluable to Government House. Learn more about the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan here.

We hope you enjoy this video and learn how important Saskatchewan and Canada were in the BCATP program.

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Saskatchewan (37:20)

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Saskatchewan (37:20)