by Peter C. Conrad
The People of the Plan, was written in the years after Training for Victory was published. It is an oral history of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and was produced from the extensive interviews and letters I had gathered from veterans and those involved was also receiving positive reviews.
As Canadians participated in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), which produced over 131,000 aircrew for the Allied cause from schools across Canada they quickly realized that they were in a war. This book chronicles some of their stories that witnessed the transformation of pre-med student, fur trade mangers, factory workers, prairie boys studying engineering, and schoolteachers to men and women in the Royal Canadian Air Force, becoming ground crew, flying instructors, bombers, gunners, and pilots directly involved in the victory of the Allies.
As the war continued there were other stories that weave the reality of life, which for some included harsh conditions enduring strained relationships and mutiny.
Others from the Royal Air Force came to the safety of Canada from the bombing raids of the Battle of Britain to run RAF schools in Canada, with many marrying Canadian women and staying after the war years.
These are the stories of those who participated in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in their own words.
1. From the Fur Trade to Flying Instructor
2. From the Battle of Britain to Muddy Canadian Fields
3. Ever More Remote
4. Sticking With What He Wanted
5. To War and Back
6. A RCAF Union
7. The Instruments of Flying
8. Reporting the Moose Jaw Mutiny
9. Repairing Aircraft Downed in the English Cannel for Service in Canada
10. Parachutes to Airframes
11. Pre-Med to Bomber Command
12. School Teacher to Flight Instructor
13. Bomber Crew to Instructor and then Pilot
14. Prairie Boy to Tail Gunner