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    Hi Alan you said he was posted to 11 OTU on 23/4/44, could you tell me what the abbreviation is please. Secondly, the meteor WH278 i take it this was a jet? and WH278 was its call sign. he was posted to the 9th squadron and did 29 ops, what planes did they fly.

    And also Hugh, am i able to download the documents at Kew in air2/9015?

    And lastly what would the meteorites ops have been doing, would you know?

    This is really fasinating, i am a member of the Great war forum and would like to think i know a bit about the Bradford pals, and i feel really good when i can put my input into the forum and be able to help.

    thanks once again.
    regards stuart

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    Stuart,
    OTU...Operational Training Unit, possibly, he went there to take up an Instructing role. 9sqdn were flying Lancasters at the time he was with them.
    You might want to ask the site owner, Ross, if he can get the DFC citation for you next time he's up at Kew, he does a very reasonable copying service, details of which are on the other forum "Useful Books and Research"
    As for what role he was doing at 616sqdn, i cannot help on that one. Have sent a list of ops via email.
    Alan

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    Hello,

    O.T.U. stands for Operational Training Unit. This is where the aircrew would "crew in", after individual trainings in their own trades.

    After the completion of an operational tour, it was usual to be posted to training units, to pass on the "gem" to the rookie aircrews.

    Gloster Meteor is indeed a jet, you'll find plenty of entries through an internet search. WH278 is the serial number of the machine.

    No. 9 Squadron (not 9th Squadron) was flying Lancaster bomber at that time.

    As far as I know, you can't access AIR2 files online. You'll have to read them personnally or hire a researcher. Every time I read a AIR 2 file, it was under supervision in a small room. But it's not a problem really.

    Can you explain your question about the "meteorites ops" ?

    Joss

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    I think its just a typo by Stuart as such, Meteor was the type of aircraft, not a type of operation.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._616_Squadron_RAF
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloster_Meteor

    from googling it, 616 Squadron were flying the Gloster Meteor fighter at this time in the day fighter role.


    http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/616squadron.cfm
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    CONFIRMED - as Dennis said it would be!!

    Flt Lt Harold Blow DFC age 30. killed flying Meteor WH278, two miles north north west of Sandtoft. The aircraft was seen to dive out of cloud - cause not determined.

    As to whether he was ever a test pilot, the Record of Service will determine whether he was posted to a unit which was involved in test flying. However, he seems to be a regular RAF officer flying with an auxiliary squadron. It might be that his responsibilities included air testing aircraft after maintenance in accordance with the approved schedule and hence could have been the 'Unit Test Pilot'.

    I did not find his name amongst the graduates of the Empire Test Pilots School but will look more carefully later and will post if I find anything.

    Incidentally, Maton records a New Zealand warrant officer called Blow as a recipient of the DFC but I don't believe this could be confused with your man.

    Old Duffer

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    hello everyone.. i found this topic from searching the internet .
    this is my Grandad Flt Lt Harold Blow (Harry) and that was my Dad i think who Stuart was searching for.

    i do not know if this thread is too old now.
    i have info but i am still forever trying to find more about him my grandad..

    hers is some i have and my facebook post with some pics of him etc,we have his scrap book with pic form the Libra good wil mission where he met the king of Siam,one of two Lancasters painted silver
    he flew with IX squadron and 616 after the war in meteors
    also other planes can be seen what he flew on the digital archive..
    his crash details
    too here with links

    i very much appreciate people helping on this topic or asking

    https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.a...document/17632

    https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/20901

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3404256&type=3

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    Default Re: DFC to Fl/lt - Can you help?

    Hello,

    Unfortunately, Stuart has not visited the board since Nov 2011.

    We have no email address for him so I could not send him a message to check in on your post.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Just to clarify that Harold Blow was R Aux AF at the time of his death with 616.

    ROYAL AUXILIARY AIR FORCE.
    (Reconstituted.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant:—
    H. BLOW, D.F.C. (158577). 8th Aug. 1953.

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    Default Re: DFC to Flt Lt - Can you help?

    thank you both for your response much appreciated..and that bit of info too
    10 year old topic so did not know if i would get a reply or not lol.

    looks like a great forum.

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    Default Re: DFC to Flt Lt - Can you help?

    Although, as Dave advises(#17), there is no contact email address on Stuart's profile, you might be able to contact him by sending a Private Message. Left click on his name at the start of one of his posts, then left click on the Private Message option from the drop-down menu. Your message should pop up in his inbox provided his email account is still functioning.

    Brian

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