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    Peter recently raised the subject of the Flying Training Command Memorial within the "HQ, Flying Training Command Communication Flight, 25 Group" thread at http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?10932-HQ-Flying-Training-Command-Communication-Flight-25-Group, but I thought it best to open a dedicated thread to describe its current position.

    HQ Flying training Command was located at Shinfield Park from its formation during May 1940 until it was absorbed by Training Command on 1 June 1968. (Think I've got that correct.)

    Three years later, in October 1971, the site, together with the memorial, was acquired by the Meteorological Office for the Met Office College. The College remained at Shinfield until 2004 when it relocated to Exeter.

    After the College moved out the site was left derelict. The memorial had been left in situ and was subsequently vandalised - the plinth pushed over and the eagle damaged.

    Later, when contractors moved in to redevelop the site for housing, someone in the Met Office purchased the eagle during a sale of materials, and the eagle now resides in his garden.

    Brian

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    Brian,
    Well done that man!! Forensic meteorology at it's very best!!
    Rgds
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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