In the heavens above : British Commonwealth Air Training Plan : RNZAF aircrew training Canada 1940-1945, / Ivan and Lorna Lindsey.
By: Lindsey, Ivan.
Contributor(s): Lindsey, Lorna | Lindsey, Lorna [author.].Material type: BookPublisher: Christchurch, N.Z. : Willsonscott Pub., 2012Description: 647 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781877427381 (pbk.).Subject(s): British Commonwealth Air Training Plan | New Zealand. Royal New Zealand Air Force -- Airmen | Aeronautics, Military -- Study and teaching -- Canada -- History | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, New Zealand | New Zealand. Royal New Zealand Air Force Airmen | Aeronautics, Military Study and teaching Canada HistoryDDC classification: 358.4150971
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, known as the BCATP, was a huge joint military aircrew training programme created during the Second World War by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Its prime aim was to give advanced training to new pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, air gunners, wireless operators and flight engineers, who served with the RAF, RAAF, RCAF and RNZAF during the war. The UK was badly in need of replacements for its aircrew, but it was not the place for the training of airmen because of the danger of enemy attacks, the presence of too much wartime traffic, and the fickle climate. Canada was chosen for its wide open spaces, and the fact that it was out of the reach of the Luftwaffe. Up to about 8,500 New Zealanders went to Canada to take part in the BCATP, but until now there has been little known of the experiences of these men and their contribution to the war.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 617) and index.
Foreword / J. L. Munro -- Introduction -- 1. British Commonwealth Air Training Plan overview -- 2. Entry into the RNZAF -- 3. Progress to Leading Air Craftsman -- 4. Shipping - Embarkations - Voyages - Shipping lists -- 5. Air training in Canada -- 6. Leave opportunities - Canadian and United States hosts -- 7. Training programs and leave entitlement -- 8. Graduations and embarkation points -- 9. Our leader [Winston Churchill] speaks -- 10. Airmen's reminiscences (Selection of short stories ; Stories by airmen who left New Zealand in 1940-41 ; Stories by airmen who left New Zealand in 1942 ; Stories by airmen who left New Zealand in 1943 ; Stories by airmen who left New Zealand in 1944 ; Two special stories of pilots on operations ; Stories of war service in the Pacfic and West Africa ; Stories of crashes on sea and land, parachute landings, escape or capture) -- 11. Kiwis on the Alaskan Highway -- 12. More airmen's reminiscences (Late wartime stories of those sent to Canada just as the BTACP was having to disband some courses ; A post-war story) -- 13. Incidents, tales and information -- 14. Anzac Day commemorations in Canada and New York -- 15. Memorials -- 16. Special acknowledgements - Ivan Lindsey, author and comiler - Abbreviations - Ranks in RNZAF WWII - Bibliography -- Appendices (1: Ship photos and information ; 2: Aircraft types used in Canada ; 3: Graduation book covers and crossing line certificates).
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