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Following initial and secret discussions in 1940 between Churchill and Roosevelt regarding the British government's need for training facilities and equipment for the RAF and RN; beginning in 1941, five schemes operated in the USA to train RAF and RN aircrew. The five schemes were the Refresher school, the Arnold Scheme, the Towers scheme, the PAA scheme, and finally the British Flying Training Schools. This is an account of just one of these schemes, the BFTS 1 s from which almost 7000 RAF pilots gained their wings.

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.....No'4 Mesa Arizona by Mr. J. Connelly

.....No'5 Clewiston Florida by Mr. Riddle



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