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    What does "(Drogue Op.)" mean?

    Stumbled upon it on the CWGC listing of this man:

    Aircraftman 2nd Class (Drogue Op.) Ernest Cooper, RAFVR 980093, age 21, 22/04/1940, Beverley (Queensgate) Cemetery, UK

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Drogue Operator on a Target Towing aircraft probably

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    He was probably the operator of the drogue winch on a target towing aircraft. The target, or drogue, would be attached under the fuselage or wing for take off, and reeled out on a long cable for the actual firing exercises. Depending on the towing aircraft type, the winch would be driven by a wind driven propeller, or a hydraulic motor. The drogue operator would move some very large (by today's standards) levers and cranks to make this all work. He would also be able to cut the cable in an emergency, and would keep an eye on the fighter trainees, in order to let the pilot know if any of them appeared to be confusing the target and the tug.

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    Last edited by Bill Walker; 8th April 2008 at 18:55. Reason: added last paragraph

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    But you gave a fuller explanation Bill :-)

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    Thanks, gents, for the clarification! Do you happen to know what was his unit?

    Cheers,

    Bart

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