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    Default Flt Lt LH Tolchard

    Anybody have any details about this pilot ?
    I know he did at least 24 sorties with 49 Sqn.
    His name came up in relation to an old thread about the LR Hastings court martial (he was Tolchards nav on 49) .
    I am particularly interested in his post war service,he is on the ETPS No4 course photo although I believe he was not a graduate from ETPS.

    rgds baz

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    Have not managed to find out any more info on L H Tolchard,although I did find his obituary in the Sunderland echo (2010)!
    He is not on any other course photos at ETPS but I may be able to get some info at a later date.

    DFC 'Gazette'


    Pilot Officer Leslie Hall TOLCHARD (145337), Royal
    Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 49 Squadron:
    '
    Bar to DFC 'Gazette'

    Acting Flight Lieutenant Leslie Hall TOLCHARD,
    D.F.C. (145337), Royal Air Force Volunteer
    Reserve, No. 83 Squadron.
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    After leaving 49 squadron Les went To 83 Squadron Where he was awarded the bar to hi DFC. He then went to Kinloss in Feb 1944 Then Lulsgate Bottom . After that it was ETPS at Boscome Downs then RAFCranfield. I believe that was a Test Pilots School
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    Hope this is helpful

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    Thanks Magda and sorry for late reply,I had found that part of his career ok - it is the post war period i am interested in !
    I have been told on another forum that his name does not appear as a graduate of ETPS which leaves 2 possibilities...either he failed to graduate from the the course for some reason or he was on the staff of the school for a while - even now ETPS has a QFI (qualified flying instructor) on the staff to look after standards of flying etc - the QFI is not normally a test pilot graduate !

    Do you have any other info please ?

    rgds baz

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    I think he was training pilots according to the log book.
    MT

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    Les was at EPTS Cranfield from 6th Oct 1945 until June 14th 1946 and then returned to the Civil Service in London. In that time he is shown as the Pilot in various type of aircraft .

    Regards
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    Hi again,
    Have found a Flying Instructors Certificate A.M.C.A 156/45 issued
    Feb 1945 saying "This instructor is competent to fly for instructional purposes the undermentioned types of aircraft" etc etc. Hope this answers your query.
    Magda

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    Thank you very much Magda,really nice of you to take the time to look through his log book etc and much appreciated !
    If not too many - which types of aircraft was he qualified to instruct on ?

    rgds baz

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    Hi Magda
    I have sent you a PM/Notification !

    rgds baz

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    Replied but think I've lost it somewhere in space.

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