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    Default RAF Station Kirton-in-Lindsey, 1949

    Hi all,

    in RAF Service Record is recorded of a navigator I found following sequence:

    1 ANS
    Kirton-in-Lindsey (no unit!)
    201 AFS

    I am looking for the unit at Kirton-in-Lindsey to which he should be posted as I do not think he was posted as Station staff. Thanks to Malcom's great site I found two units on this station at this period:

    Central Synthetic Training Establishment (CSTE)
    Aircrew Transit Unit (ACTU)

    Anyone can help me with activity of these two units?
    I have no idea for the first one but I think it would be more for pilot rather than navigator?

    My guess is that he was posted to the ACTU and was just waiting a month before being posted for advanced training to 201 AFS but it is only a long shot.

    Any comments much appreciated.

    Pavel
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    Pavel

    Could the Kirton-in-Lindsey unit be:- AIR 29/1790 'Central Link Trainer School', Boreham Wood and Kirton-in-Lindsey 1945 Dec.-1951 Nov.

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    Mark, many thanks for your post, I missed it. You are right, but as I mentioend "my man" was a navigator, I think it is not the right unit.

    Pavel
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    The RAF introduced the term "Synthetic Training" at some point (in late 1930s, but definitely prewar) to describe such new training aids as the Link Trainer, AML Bombing Teacher, etc, to include all such systems which could partially or completely replace such training previously undertaken airborne in actual aircraft, but were much safer and cheaper. However the staff titles, schools, etc, which operated such training aids tended to retain the name of the aids themselves (as Central Link Trainer School, or the trade of AML Bombing Teacher Instructor, for instance), with the "Synthetic" term only being used when it was needed to encompass ALL or most of these aids collectively. However postwar, at least in the RNZAF (a service I am more familiar with) the term "Synthetic Training" became more popular and Link Trainer Instructors, Sections, etc, were retitled as Synthetic Training Instructors, with (in brackets) the exact nature of the equipment they were qualified in; I believe these changes were stimulated by similar changes in the RAF.
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    David, many thansk for explanation. Interesting reading although it does not improve my situation:)

    Pavel
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    How long was the attachment to RAF Kirton-in-Lindey? I've seen entries in of ORBs of people being injured, or just being ill, and being transferred to the Station strength for a week or two and then back to their previous unit, clearly as some variation on money-go-round administrative exercise.
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    Hi Alan,
    he was there nearly for a month. But from the info I was able to dig up today he spend there the spell which fits right to the period when finished ANS and before being posted to AFS

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,


    Link Trainers were not really flying simulators in the modern sense but training devices for radio navigation aids associated with beam/beacon airways and precision/radio approaches.


    It was understood that the Link pilot u/t knew how to fly on instruments and the aerodynamic motion was to introduce movement and upsetting elements into the progress of his radio flying exercises.


    As such a trained navigator would not be out of place at the Central Link establishment for either direct duties on the Links or for sitting in on classroom training of beam flying for newby instructors u/t.


    (I'll send you a email on your kind offer later this week)


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    Ross
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    Thanks for further explanation Ross!
    Seems to me the conclusion is that I can not be sure what he was doing there in fact...

    Pavel
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