Aircraft

BCATP Aircraft

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan used a wide variety aircraft to train aircrew as pilots, navigators (observers), bomb aimers, wireless operators and flight engineers.

Once their training was complete, many went on to Operational Training Units (OTU), to make the transition to the aircraft they would fly on operations. (Others would train at OTUs in Great Britain.)

The following aircraft were used in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, including the OTUs.

School abbreviations

EFTS – Elementary Flying Training Schools
SFTS – Service Flying Training Schools
AOS – Air Observer Schools
ANS – Air Navigation Schools
GRS – General Reconnaissance Schools
B&GS – Bombing and Gunnery Schools
NAGS – Naval Air Gunners’ School
WS – Wireless Schools
OTU – Operational Training Units
FIS – Flying Instructors’ Schools
CFS – Central Flying School
CNS – Central Navigation School
IFS – Instrument Flying School  

AircraftSchools
Airspeed Oxford SFTS, OTU, FIS, CFS, IFS
Avro Canada Anson SFTS, AOS, ANS, GRS, B&GS, NAGS, OTU, FIS, CFS, CNS
Beechcraft Expeditor OTU
Bristol Beaufort OTU
Bristol Bolingbroke B&GS, OTU
Cessna Crane SFTS, FIS, CFS
Consolidated Canso OTU
Consolidated Liberator OTU
Curtiss Kittyhawk OTU
Curtiss Seamew NAGS
de Havilland Mosquito OTU
de Havilland Tiger Moth EFTS, WS, FIS
Douglas Dakota OTU
Fairchild Cornell EFTS, FIS, CFS, IFS
Fairey Battle SFTS, B&GS, CFS
Fairey Swordfish NAGS
Fairey Swordfish FIS, CFS
Fleet Fawn FIS, CFS
Fleet Finch EFTS, WS, FIS, CFS
Fleet Finch WS
Handley Page Hampden OTU
Hawker Hurricane B&GS, NAGS, OTU, CFS
Lockheed Electra CFS
Lockheed Hudson OTU, CFS
Lockheed Hudson OTU, CFS
Noorduyn Norseman B&GS, WS
North American Harvard SFTS, B&GS, WS, OTU, FIS, CFS
North American Mitchell OTU
North American Yale SFTS, WS
Northrop Nomad B&GS
Stearman (Boeing) Kaydet EFTS, FIS
Stinson Sentinel (Voyager) WS
Supermarine Stranraer OTU
Supermarine Walrus NAGS
Westland Lysander B&GS, WS, FIS

 A wide variety of aircraft were used to train flight engineers.