British Purchasing Commission

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The British Purchasing Commission was a United Kingdom organization of the Second World War.

Also known at some time as the "Anglo-French Purchasing Board", it was based in New York City, where it arranged the production and purchase of armaments from North American manufacturers. After the 1940 French Surrender it became the 'British Purchasing Commission'. The Commission was also responsible for taking over orders that had originally been placed by France, Belgium, and later by Norway, after those country's capitulation.

The Board was able to arrange purchases in spite of the Neutrality Acts via "Cash and Carry", paying for the materiel with Britain's Gold Reserves.

The Board had been established before the war buying aircraft such as the Lockheed Super Electra.

Facing an aeroplane shortage during the early stages of World War II, in January 1940, the British government established the British Direct Purchase Commission to purchase US planes that would help supplement domestic plane production. By December 1940 British cash orders for aircraft had exceeded $1,200,000,000.[1]

The requests by the Board to US manufacturers stimulated production and design including the development of what would become the P-51 Mustang, which was designed for the Commission.

After the establishment of Lend-Lease, aircraft and other weapons could be supplied direct to the UK.

Aircraft bought by the Commission[edit]

Directors General[edit]

Other staff of note[edit]


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  2. ^ "boeing - klm - douglas - 1960 - 3052 - Flight Archive". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "douglas - 1940 - 1958 - Flight Archive". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "north american - 1940 - 1037 - Flight Archive". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Mary Norton

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