Category: Reference

Image Search in the RAF Serials Database

We have enhanced the search feature in the RAF serials search tool. When searching for a serial and opting to view the listings in individual aircraft list format, you will notice some icons appear before the serial number. The icons…

P-47 Thunderbolt with the RAF

Courtesy: Joe Baugher The Royal Air Force was supplied with a total of 830 P-47Ds. In RAF service, the “razorback” P-47D was known as the Thunderbolt I and the “bubble canopy” P-47D was known as Thunderbolt II. Thunderbolt Is were…

RAF War Dead in Asia during WW2

A related post elsewhere got me searching on the casualty figures that the RAF incurred in South East Asia  cover India, Burma and the Pacific. The main source that I could fall back on was the CWGC Database . Using…

War Establishment of a Hurricane Squadron

Ever wondered what was the Unit establishment of a Hurricane Squadron? How many pilots, Sgt Pilots, airmen, mechanics, warrant offices, fitters, armourers etc was it authorised? or how many Dhobis, Cooks, Sweepers and Mess Waiters it had on strength (only…

A Mark IIc Gyro Gunsight Training Aid

Gyro Gunsight Training Aid

 

A Gyro Gunsight Training Aid with a Operational Training Unit to help teach fighter pilots the use of the twist grip – linked to the GGS.

Timing differences UK and Germany during 1940-1945

This article on “Timing differences UK and Germany during 1940-1945” was published in Bulletin Air War 1939-1945 (Dutch Studygroup Air War WW2) Nr. 99 pages 26/27 as “Time calculation 1940-1945” by the late Rob de Bruin, Great Bookham, England, member…

Training Aids at a Bomber Operational Training Unit

A list of Training Tools used for Bomber crew Training - in this case from No.152 Operational Training Unit at Peshawar (Vultee Vengeances)

A list of Training Tools used for Bomber crew Training – in this case from No.152 Operational Training Unit at Peshawar (Vultee Vengeances)

A document from the ORB of No.152 Bomber Operational Training Unit gives an insight into the various training aids used by the OTUs of that era. The training tools include:

  1. Polebrook Trainer
  2. Shadow-Graph
  3. Hunt Trainer
  4. Parker Naviscope
  5. Bicester Trainer
  6. Link Trainer
  7. Harwell Boxes

Click the image on the right twice – to see the full sized image to read the details of each of these items