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    Hi,
    Could anyone with the appropriate publication tell me the period that the above a/c served with 5 FTS at Sealand ?
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    G'day Ian

    The Tomtit did not enter service with the Royal Air Force until circa 1930.

    Your Hawker 41H 'Tomtit' (c/n 26481) first saw service with the Central Flying School followed by No. 5 Flying Training School. The type entered squadron service with No. 24 'Commonwealth' Squadron in July, 1930 and was operated until circa 1933 as a light communications aircraft. J9781 was operated by the squadron. but I do not have the exact date when taken on strength.

    The Tomtit was superseded as a training aircraft by the Avro Tutor by circa 1932. That at least gives you a two year time frame to work with.

    J9781 was withdrawn from military service and later registered (Reg. No. 7813) on the 9th of April, 1937 as G-AEXC. The first civilian owner was L. J. Henderson of Heston. On the 31st of August, 1938, it was registered by the Herts & Essex Aero Club at Broxbourne. While there it used to train pilots of the Civil Air Guard. The aircraft was scrapped during the Second World War.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Thanks Chris - much appreciated.
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    A small point, but so far as I know, 24 Squadron was not christened with the "Commonwealth" title until about 1946, when The Canadians, NZers and (South Africans?) were invited to contribute complete transport crews to the unit for tours of duty. I think in the 30s it may have been generally referred to as the Metropolitan (as in mainland UK) Communications Squadron.
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    G'day David

    Spot on. It was No. 24 (Communications) Squadron at the time.

    Cheers...Chris

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