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British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, Air

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, Air Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, Air
Denomination
Date of Issue
April 16, 1943
Quantity
97,793,352
Postal Administration
Canada
Perforation or Dimension
12
Printer
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Creators
Designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz. Picture engraved by Arthur C. Vogel. Picture finished by Harold Osborn. Border engraved by Charles H. Milks.
About Stamp

Amended airmail rates of postage effective 1st April, 1943, required the replacing of the 6-cent airmail stamp by a 7-cent denomination.

Air Training Plan

Pilot, training under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada, entering the cockpit of a training plane. Under this plan, administered by the RCAF in Canada, men from all parts of the British Commonwealth and her allies were trained in schools established across the country. Early in the war an announcement stated that Canada would be called upon to provide trained men for overseas service. Facilities were rapidly expanded to provide training. Agreement of the four Governments concerned, on the principle of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, was announced on 10th October, 1939, and by early November, representatives of the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand had arrived in Ottawa to work out details of the plan with the Canadian government. A joint agreement for the large-scale training of air crew was signed on 17th December, 1939. Under this agreement the Commonwealth partners were to share pro rata in the training program.

Reference
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 134.
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