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    Hi all,

    i have an accident card for Harvard KF653, which belly landed near Wem on the 17th April 1947 after the engine failed. The unit is stated as above and i was simply wondering which airfield the unit was based at?

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    Hi Tom,

    from Sturtivant ecellent book:

    Flying Training Command Communication Flight
    White Waltham from 27/5/40
    Woodley 15/2/42
    back to White Waltham 31/3/53

    Pavel
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    Re- Air Britain 'The Havard File', KF653 was coded 'FKN-E' whilst with the FTCCF, later passed to 6 FTS and crashed at Ternhill on 15-3-51.
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    I agree with the locations of HQ FTC Comm Flt. However, to go back to the header of the original post, where does 25 Group fit in? HQ 25 (Armament) Grp (within FTC) was at Buntingsdale Hall on the SW side of Market Drayton. Just a mile to the SW of the Hall (and across the A 41 road) was RAF Ternhill - surely a better place for a 25 Grp Comm Flt? Or am I missing something?
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    Hmm,

    Looking again i wonder if it might be HQ FTS Comms Flight, 25 Group?

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    Tom,
    My interest in this is that I am still trying to track down the fate of the Memorial to casualties in FTC during WW2. This was on the lawn in front of HQ FTC at Shinfield Park, Reading. It was there when HQ FTC left Shinfield Park and the Met Office Training School (sorry, College!) took over the buildings. It was there every time I went on a Course, or to lecture. Then the Met Office moved to Exeter. Shinfield was sold to the developers. They developed the site. The names of the roads have a Met connotation. But the Memorial has disappeared. Hopefully it is - unlabelled - in some store-room somewhere - but I suspect it has been trashed. What a pity!
    I don't know how many died (in the air and on the ground) during flying training in WW2, but I suspect it is a very large number (does anybody know?). They were commemorated, at Shinfield Park, by a big brass(?) eagle, wings outstretched, on top of a marble column. Would be a shame not, any longer, to recognise their sacrifices.
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    Peter,

    There's a (rather poor) photo of the memorial at http://library.metoffice.gov.uk/articles/1516900.11607/1.JPEG . Let me know if the link doesn't work.

    Brian

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    Brian,
    Yup, that's the one. Where is it? The eagle possibly beer-cans(?), and the marble column (sold at some exhorbitant price) now, possibly, graces the apartment of some gazzillionaire!
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    Brian,
    Yup, that's the one. Where is it? The eagle possibly beer-cans(?), and the marble column (sold at some exhorbitant price) now, possibly, graces the apartment of some gazzillionaire!
    Peter
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