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Thread: Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit, Gransden Lodge, Upwood and Warboys (UK)

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    Default Re: Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit, Gransden Lodge, Upwood and Warboys (UK)

    I looked up Air 29/709/7 for the period July 1944 RAF Warboys when researching my subject F/O Haralambides, as others, hoping to find something solid. There are ORBs of units that may make mention of a trainee's name, if something out of the ordinary has occured, such as a crash, a death, maybe occasionally a course photo if you are really lucky, an ORB that conveys a true sense of discovery when reading it, and there are ORBs that are very sparse in detail, mention no names or photos, very generalised, not worth the hour you spent waiting for the file. I'm afraid I found the PNTU ORB to be the latter.
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    Default Re: Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit, Gransden Lodge, Upwood and Warboys (UK)

    Pete,
    found this page within the Pathfinders Archive that has some sample pages of the PFNU ORBs that give a flavour of the level of detail in the ORBs and gives you an idea wether it is worth pursuing your specific dates. As jonny mentions, some permanent staff are mentioned, students are: course 1 in, course 1 out, course 2 in, course 2 out format.

    https://raf-pathfinders.com/pff-navi...ning-unit-ntu/
    Andrew

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    Default Re: Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit, Gransden Lodge, Upwood and Warboys (UK)

    Thanks, as always, for all your responses.

    The request stemmed from a FB enquiry and John Clifford (from the Pathfinder Archive) has now provided a copy of the requisite page to the original enquirer. Interestingly, it gave me a posting date for a 35 Squadron pilot who joined the NTU as an instructor
    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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