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The wiki article on the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (aka Empire Air Training Scheme) says that "The plan remains the single largest aviation training program in history". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Commonwealth_Air_Training_Plan) I can't tell from their citations where they got this claim from (I know, I know, don't expect much from wiki). Can this possibly be true? The official RAF history says about 240,000 aircrew were trained under this scheme. In contrast, Nalty's Winged Shield, Winged Sword notes the USAAF trained 193,000 pilots, 45,000 bombardiers, 50,000 navigators, and 297,000 air gunners in World War II. Is there any definition under which the BCATP would be the "largest aviation training program in history"? I tried to determine how many pilots the Soviets trained in World War II. Discussion of this subject - on the web, at least - is obsessively focused on Soviet women pilots, whom one must assume were a minute fraction of the total number of Soviet pilots... James Perry ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----