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    This is a very long shot .... but I thought I would give it a go.

    I have an extract from a station magazine dated August 1943 which provides Part One of a series of articles about the navigator / bomb aimer training at 1 Central Navigation School (Canada) but I have not been able to find the subsequent magazines to enable me to put together a complete picture.

    Does anyone, by any chance, have access to these magazines or could point me towards a possible source.

    Any help would be much appreciated as always

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    PeteT
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    Hi Pete - it might tie in with a September 1943 article in Tee Emm:

    ‘Tee Emm Visits the Central Navigation School’ – ‘Tee Emm’s special representative shot off the other day to pay a visit to the Central Navigation School. It rather cut into our weekend, but then anything which doesn’t happen on a Wednesday or Thursday is likely to do that…

    The hub of the CNS is a frightfully brainy course for Specialist Navigators known as the “Archangels”. Archangels are, of course, rather ‘super’… …they are expected to influence the development of navigational techniques.

    There is also from time to time a short three weeks’ course for Bomber Command pilots, the main object of which is to put them in the other fellow’s place. …In future they are able to distinguish between the navigationally possible and the navigationally impossible; and treat their navigators as almost human after all!

    …owing to wartime conditions people have had to be trained to work more or less by rule of thumb and they’re not necessarily very versatile. The object of the C.N.S. therefore is to provide a place where navigators can go into the thing more deeply, exchange ideas and and try things out, can get, in short, a good theoretical background to their practical stuff… a lot more are needed who, besides knowing how, also know why, who in effect have the ‘higher criticism’ all buttoned up.

    Now the Staff Navigator is an important chap. He must be able to fill any Staff or Instructor post in the Navigation world.’
    Richard

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    Hope that there is not confusion (above) being introduced between 1 CNS in Canada, and CNS in UK.
    David D

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    David

    I think you could be right, so I have amended the thread title to eliminate any potential confusion.

    Richard

    Thanks for the Tee Emm extract which, as always, is succinct and to the point.

    Regards

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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

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    Apologies for any inadvertent confusion. I posted the above because it gives a definition of the CNS role - training Staff Navigators - which I'm assuming was probably common for UK and Canada.
    Last edited by Richard; 18th January 2015 at 17:22.

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