Vladimir Putin

Marix, Air Vice-Marshal

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A brief history of the R.A.F. Transport Command since Transatlantic ferrying was initiated in 1940. The agreement between His Majesty the King for the United Kingdom and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to handle getting American-built aircraft into Canada and then across the Atlantic. The flow of pilots from Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Free France and Holland, and also from other allied nations. The difficulties of recruiting radio operators. The building of new airports, additional living quarters, store and hangars, etc. The creation of this organization as a department of the British Government under the Ministry of Aircraft Production, named ATFERO, in March of 1941. The subsequent creation of the R.A.F. Transport Command. The memorandum of explanation issued by the Air Ministry, in its entirety. The speaker's command of the organization beginning in April 1943. A description of the work being done in Canada, including each department and its responsibilities. A description of the aircraft. Routes taken. The men who fly the aircraft and those on the ground who make the flying possible. Navigators, radio operators and flight engineers. Ground personnel. The Signals Branch. Ground communications network. Ground to air communications. The Cypher Division. The Engineering Department. Maintenance of the aircraft. The Traffic Department. Getting the aircrews back after they deliver their aircraft: a responsibility of the British Overseas Airways Corporation. Official passengers who travel in the B.O.A.C. Return Ferry Service Aircraft. The Equipment Branch. Civilians employed. The Accounting Department. The Civilian Personnel Department. The substantial role that the Transport Command is playing in the war.