The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan of World War II was the largest infrastructure program Canada had ever seen, surpassing the construction of the transatlantic railway. The training establishments changed the social and economic conditions in many communities forever. The influx of 1,500 or more trainees and staff suddenly added to communities across Manitoba, and after the war ended many of the B.C.A.T.P. buildings became community halls, hockey rinks, housing, and business structures. Not surprising, with young men & women from all parts of Canada coming together during training, it was probably one of the greatest unifying forces in our history.
That history is preserved at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum and on August 9th we can see, touch and watch that history fly again!
The CATPM Air Display Event on August 9th will feature the air museum’s own WWII flying aircraft, including the Canadian and British Tiger Moths, our Harvard, our Cornell and Stinson. We are also very excited to have a number of private aircraft, two Stearman, a Harvard and a T-28 Trojan!
Gates open 4pm, $10 per person, 12 and under free. The RCA Museum will have a display on site. Food vendors on site. Come see the historic aircraft up close, bring a lawn chair a Flying Demonstration will take place at 6:00 pm, weather permitting.
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is Canada’s only air museum solely dedicated to the preservation of those who trained and fought for the British Commonwealth during WWII.
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is proud to be one of the seven Manitoba Signature Museums, a Manitoba Star Attraction and a National Historic Site.
For more information about the CATPM’s event, please contact:
Stephen Hayter, Executive Director
Ph: 727-2444 Fax:725-2334
The Dinsdale Family hosted a special event at the
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum,
Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 10:30am
The museum is honoured to have the Dinsdale Family
Walter Dinsdale’s WWII weapons.
Included POW artifacts were also be donated by family members
from the collections of the late Charles Shierlaw and Leslie Anderson from Stalag lll
The presentation took place in front of the Dinsdale Display in the main gallery.
The weapons in question were transferred from the Canadian
to Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum collection.
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The CATP Museum is a non-profit, charitable organization founded and operated by volunteers. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and serves as a unique memorial to those airmen who trained and served, and especially those who died, while serving their country in the air war of 1939-1945.
To commemorate the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan by
telling its story, preserving its artifacts, and
paying tribute to the thousands of Air Force personnel,
who gave their lives during WWII.
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