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    Gents,

    General question about the usual duration of time a crew would spend at a Lancaster Finish School. I have a crew with no previous operational experience spending just 2 days converting accumulating just 4 hours night - 7 hours day training, was this normal. ?

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    Hello Steve

    I have an air guner postedn to N1 LFS from 25/09/1944 till 27/09/1944
    Flying hours : day 0900hr
    night 3.15hr

    Best regards

    Rene

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    Hi Rene,

    I was thinking more of the whole crew than individuals.

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    Steve

    Just a thought ....... surely Rene's air gunner would have been part of a crew and therefore his figures are valid (ie he is quoting from the log book of one of the crew members)

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    Hi Pete,

    That was not apparent in the reply, I have two gunners and a flight engineer who were at No.3 L.F.S, all crew less and carried out flights as "spare-bods" before posting to No.218 Squadron, one was at 3 L.F.S for a week before posting. I am just trying to get an idea of the average stay for a crew on a Lancaster con - unit.

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    Steve

    Thanks for clarifying; I always thought LFS was "crew based" hence my comment; I didn't realise individuals also went there .... you learn something new as they say.

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    Steve

    Here's a W/Op's experience of No1 LFS:

    "It was a very exciting time. We were sent to No.1 LFS (Lancaster Finishing School) at Hemswell, north of Lincoln, to fly for 10 hours as passengers in Lancasters, and familiarise ourselves with being carried in large four-engined bombers. This was quite necessary as our air experience previously had been in the stately Dehaviland Dominie and tiny Percival Proctors."

    Full story here:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/42/a1981442.shtml

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    The ORB for No.1 LFS has a summary for Feb 1944

    "The average number of hours flown by u/t pilots to squadrons during the month were:-

    Day Dual 3:50
    Day Solo 2:25

    Night Dual 1:35
    Night Solo 1:40"

    So looks like average at Feb 1944 was 6hrs 15 mins day and 3hrs 15mins night

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    Steve

    There's an extract from No.3 LFS's ORB here, which might be of interest - check out page 6

    http://www.stirlingpilot.org.uk/CHAPTER%20THREE%20C.pdf

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    Hello Steve

    In fact it comes from the airgunner logbook but it was the whole crew
    the pilot being F/O Rhude

    Best regards

    Rene

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