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    Default Initial Training Wings: No 13 Torquay.

    Hello,
    No 13 Initial Training Wing, Torquay.
    What was this Units function please ?
    In ask it in relation to the question of P/O. O.Pederson who's DoD is recorded in CWGC site as being 25/10/1942.
    He is recorded as being a 151 Squadron man attached to 3 Squadron, 13Training Wing. So I assume that he was with this Torquay Unit when he died.
    Why would he have been sent to this unit ?
    Many thanks
    Alex

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    Hi Alex

    ITWs trained airmen in the basic skills needed to become aircrew. These included drill, PT and lectures in the wide variety of subjects we would now call 'ground school'.

    Your man was probably an instructor with No 3 Sqn, 13 ITW.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm,
    Swift reply :)

    Would it be a possibility that he was working in the Hospital with the intention of returning some injured airmen back to flying duties, assessing them and updateing them on latest equipment etc. Or that he himself was there as a patient due to some illness or combat injury ?

    Alex

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    Alex

    A few random thoughts whilst I have my breakfast:

    1. The service records I have seen normally show "Admitted" if the airman was admitted to hospital (so you may be able to use that as a basis to establish if he was in hospital)
    2. Did he change trades prior to being posted to the ITW? (ie was he going back through the training process to learn a new trade, thereby explaining this posting)
    3. Torquay was attacked on a number of occasions (although I don't have the specific dates to hand); his death may be related to one of these attacks, although it would not explain the posting.

    Regards

    Pete
    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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    Thank you Both for your replies.
    I expect that both answers are very helpful with Tony's into his P/O. O. Pederson search.
    Thank's
    Alex

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    Hi Alex

    I didn't think to look him up initially but I have him as one of eighth possible in addition to four definites who were killed in an attack on the Palace Hotel, which was being used as a RAF Hospital, eleven are shown as being with 151 Sqn.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm

    After The Battle Issue 118

    RAF Caualties: W/C Harry Burke, F/O George Hawkes, F/O Witold Jander, W/C Wallis Littlewood, P/O Stanley Warner, G/C Humphrey Whittle, S/L John Whitfield (All No.1 RAF Depot Uxbridge)
    P/O Robert Chapman 460 Sq., F/O Franciszek Czajkowski (151 Sq.) ACW1 Muriel Dyson , Batwoman, died 28/10/42, ACW1 Margaret Hughes, Batwoman died 27/10/42F/O Richard Luddington RAF Bircham Newton, P/O Oscar Pederson 3 Sq., Train. Wing, Sgt. Clifford Pickering PT Instructor RAF Officer's Hospital Torquay, F/O Andrzej Strasburger RAF Ford, P/O Kazimierz Wojcicki RAF Hemswell, F/O Allan Wood 120 Sq.

    Nurses - VAD Helen Cordell-Bell & Nurse Kathleen Read, British Red Cross,

    Home Guard - Pte. Alfred Roe & Pte. Maurice Weekes 10 Devon (Torbay) Bn.

    Civilians - Ethel Cann, Gladys Hartland, Margaret Thomas

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    Hi John

    Thanks for the confirmation

    Malcolm

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    Hi Alex, my turn to return the favour.

    Does this help at all?

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchi...rch=Elementary Reserve

    Regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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