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5 ACS

5 ACS
Author: jonny956
Time Stamp:
14:03:43 Monday, July 23, 2007
Post:
Dear all,

I have recently obtained a wooden painted door sign which states that it belonged to a Flt Lt WJ Jowers DFC. Apparently Jowers was a Flt Engr (Ex 9 and 619 Sqns), but he also belonged to the above unit. Enquiries to date have drawn a blank. I presume it is 5 Airfield Construction Sqn that we are talking about, but can anyone shed anymore light on this unit for me?

Thanks in advance

Jonny


RE: 5 ACS
Author: Resmoroh
Time Stamp:
14:38:50 Monday, July 23, 2007
Post:
Jonny, Hi,

Can't give you any info on 5 ACS, but it seems possible that they may have turned into RAF 5001 Airfield Construction Sqn that I knew at RAF El Adem in the mid-50's. There are a number of intersites for 5001. You might try your luck with some of those. 5001 may have later transmogrified into one of the RE airfield construction lots. Good luck.

Rgds

Peter Davies



RE: 5 ACS
Author: Highgroundsman
Time Stamp:
15:54:45 Monday, July 23, 2007
Post:
Hi Jonny,

If this man had a DFC to his credit then it could be Air Crew School, an instructor perhaps?

Regards.

Dave.


RE: 5 ACS
Author: Dennis_Burke
Time Stamp:
16:13:21 Monday, July 23, 2007
Post:
[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON 23-Jul-07 AT 04:15 PM (GMT)[/font][p]Oh Ignore me, just posting the same LG returns as have been before.


RE: 5 ACS
Author: Dakota
Time Stamp:
17:15:01 Monday, July 23, 2007
Post:
G'day Jonny

How about No. 5 Aviation Candidates Selection Board at Royal Air Force Station Padgate, Lancashire. It was administered by by No. 54 Group of Flying Training Command.

Cheers...Chris


RE: 5 ACS
Author: jonny956
Time Stamp:
15:45:31 Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Post:
Interesting stuff folks. Unfortunately all I have is 5 ACS, so your guess is going to be as good as mine. The sign depicts a 'winged' spanner. Damn curious!


RE: 5 ACS
Author: Amrit
Time Stamp:
16:59:58 Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Post:
If your ACS is Airfield Construction Squadron, then they were initially called Works Squadrons (from April 1941) until their names were changed in 1943. The numbers were then changed to the 5000 series as well. So technically, they would have been called 5005 ACS, not 5 ACS.

For more details have a look at:

http://www.raf.acb.btinternet.co.uk/aboutpag.htm

The only "5 Airfield Construction Squadron" that I can find belonged to the RAAF.



RE: 5 ACS
Author: jonny956
Time Stamp:
19:13:25 Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Post:
Amrit,

Thanks. The sign has his later rank (F/L) and DFC and the 2 x flying Sqns he flew with. From the info you have provided, coupled with the fact that his DFC was a Nov 43 award, the term '5 ACS' can't refer to Airfield Construction Sqn. Interesting!!

rgds

Jonny


RE: 5 ACS
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:49:01 Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Post:
Jonny,

I believe Dave was on track with his reference to Air Crew School.

Jowers won his DFC in 1943 with 9 Sqn, at which time the Sqn was part of 5 Group. No 5 Air Crew School was also part of 5 Group (Groups 1, 3, 4 and 6 also had such schools numbered along similar lines).

Errol


RE: 5 ACS
Author: jonny956
Time Stamp:
11:31:30 Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Post:
[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON 25-Jul-07 AT 11:32 AM (GMT)[/font][p]Errol,

That is good of you. Thanks for the 'heads up'. Any idea where it was located and what it did?

Rgds

Jonny


RE: 5 ACS
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
Time Stamp:
12:05:57 Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Post:
Jonny,

At Balderton.

Uncertain as to the curriculum but have come across a few such postings in late 1944. Typically, at conclusion of Wellington OTU training a crew would be posted to an HCU via one of its Group's Bases. The posting in date to the base coincides with a posting to the ACS, usually for a few weeks, prior to training commencing at the HCU.

Errol


RE: 5 ACS
Author: jonny956
Time Stamp:
01:44:29 Thursday, July 26, 2007
Post:
Errol,

Once again, I am in your debt, sir.

Does anyone else know what they did at an ACS? To be honest it is a new one on me.

TIA

Jonny