Aerodrome of Democracy
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130,000 pilots and other aircrew through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) trained in Canada during the Second World War. Because of the wide-open spaces, proximity to American technology, and that it wasn’t a combat zone, Canada was an ideal place for flight training. Servicemen from Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand trained at 151 different BCATP bases across the country.
DescriptionThis 16-part series features stories from sites of memory in Canada related to the Second World War. Conversation kits that include discussion questions and activities for students and the public, along with web links and ideas for additional resources are available for each story and accessible online. Please note, each vignette opens with 20 seconds of silence.