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    Default RAF training "near Inverness" - RAF Kinloss?

    I am researching an airman (air gunner) I have no information on the units served, but he joined Jan 44 and according to the family he spent some time in training "near Inverness"

    The closest I seem to get to a training unit near Inverness, would be No. 19 Operational Training Unit, RAF Kinloss.

    Would there be other options?

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    Mikkel

    Another option:

    RAF Longman was located by the Moray Firth, Inverness, Scotland (More information under RAF Inverness in Wikipedia)
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Mikkel,
    RAF Dalcross (now Inverness Airport) was an Air Gunnery School in 29 Grp of Flying Training Command (Willis & Holliss). It is "near Inverness". This might be your best bet?!!!
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    Pete and Peter
    Thank you.

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    Default No 2 Air Gunnery School, RAF DALCROSS, Inverness

    My late father did his initial Air Gunners course 76 at 2AGS, RAF Dalcross during February/March 1944 some 25.5 hours over 31 flights

    He always considered himself fortunate that instead of "the Killing Fields of Lincolnshire' he ended up with 31/34 SAAF in 205 Group out of Foggia - though that meant some 40 missions including Warsaw, Ploesti and Danube mining - he also said he had a 'Good War - a) he survived and b) they made him an Officer and gentleman'

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    Default RAF Dalcross

    Quote Originally Posted by pzulba View Post
    My late father did his initial Air Gunners course 76 at 2AGS, RAF Dalcross during February/March 1944 some 25.5 hours over 31 flights

    He always considered himself fortunate that instead of "the Killing Fields of Lincolnshire' he ended up with 31/34 SAAF in 205 Group out of Foggia - though that meant some 40 missions including Warsaw, Ploesti and Danube mining - he also said he had a 'Good War - a) he survived and b) they made him an Officer and gentleman'

    PZULBA - Out of erica (Retired)
    I was at Dalcross at that time, did your father remember the accident when an Anson carrying several gunners banked into the drogue wire from the towing kite wnen the wire slowly sliced through the wing and it fell to earth. My sad introduction to the facts of war!

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    20 OTU at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Elgin
    19 OTU at RAF Kinloss and RAF Forres

    Both are also possibles, albeit 30 - 45 mins away from Inverness by modern car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellann View Post
    I was at Dalcross at that time, did your father remember the accident when an Anson carrying several gunners banked into the drogue wire from the towing kite wnen the wire slowly sliced through the wing and it fell to earth. My sad introduction to the facts of war!
    It's been a while (dad died in 2001), but yes there were occasional mentions of 'tragedies' at Dalcross - can't remember anything about a 'drogue' wire, but he was scheduled for training flight on day of a multiple (3 a/c?) incident

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