264 pages, 9.32 × 6.28 × 0.94 in
July 20, 1996
McGill-Queen's University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0773513981
ISBN - 13: 9780773513983
About the Book
The Cream of the Crop is the first comprehensive account of the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) selection and training procedures and its policies governing aviators who were considered unsuited for operational duties, especially those judged to have a "lack of moral fibre" (LMF). Allan English assesses the effectiveness of RCAF use of manpower and questions whether the aircrew really were, as the RCAF alleged, the cream of the nation's crop.
From the Publisher
English describes the development of a uniquely Canadian selection system that attempted to match the aptitudes of aircrew candidates to the duties they would perform and the evolution of the RCAF's training program from a haphazard system with enormous attrition to one that became the model for many modern systems. He traces the development of aviation psychology and the treatment of psychological casualties of air combat. English pays particular attention to the LMF controversy and the RCAF's response as well as the effect of morale and leadership on the psychological well-being of, and casualty rates among, Royal Air Force and RCAF bomber squadrons. In exploring the human dimension of air warfare, an issue that has been widely overlooked in military literature, English demonstrates that personnel considerations have at least as much influence on the effectiveness of air forces as material and technological factors.
About the Author
Allan Douglas English teaches war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He served as an air navigator in the Canadian Forces from 1971-91.
From Our Editors
The Cream of the Crop is an insightful critique of the Royal Canadian Air Force's preparation of its crew for war. Author Allan English describes the evolution of a uniquely Canadian selection system and traces the development of aviation psychology and the treatment of psychological casualties of air combat. English also explores the human dimension of air warfare, an issue widely overlooked in military literature. Fly through the skies of the past with The Cream of the Crop.
"A highly original and substantial study, The Cream of the Crop stands as a major work in historical, military, and psychological fields and will generate lively debate in all three communities." Bill McAndrew, historian, National Defence Headquarters.