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    Could anybody tell me what units Trent served with post war (in 1951-52).

    I think he may have been at 3 FTS as the OC of 3 Squadron, however
    I an not 100% sure.

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    Johnnie,

    James Sanders, in his biography of Trent (Venturer Courageous), writes that Trent completed a CFS course on 21 Mar 51 and was then posted to 3FTS. Nothing, however, to indicate if he was OC of a Sqn therein.

    He left 3FTS in early October 1952 on appointment as 'Squadron Commander, No.4 Squadron.

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    Thanks for that. I have a log book to a pilot who was training at 3 FTS from September
    1951 to May 1952 when he was suspended from flying training (reason F5200 whatever
    that means).

    On the 21st of December 1951 he seems to fly as second pilot in Harvard 356 with a
    Squadron Leader Trent, and the end of month flying for December 1951 and March 1952
    is signed by a Squadron Leader L H Trent who I assume is L H Trent VC.

    The log is also signed by a Wing Commander J ??-Cole, and another Squadron Leader
    who I cannot make out (although he does fly with a Sqn Ldr Pye, Sqn Ldr Owen, and
    Sqn Ldr Misselbrook who I have not yet identified..

    Johnnie

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    Hi Johnnie,

    From the Jan 49 Air Force List.

    42353 Misselbrook, T D, DFC, S/L 1 Sept 1945

    Pye looks like
    33517 Pye, R W, psa, S/L 1 Aug 1947

    Regards
    Ross

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    Johnnie,

    The only names mentioned in the book for this period (at the FTS) are:

    Gp Capt John Glenn (the CO)
    Freddie Rump (a Rhodesian who replaced Glenn)
    Sqn Ldr Owen

    Errol

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    Thank you for the further information on the log.

    Does it say much in the book about Owen. I assume it is
    the same Sqn Ldr Owen that he flew with on May 7th.

    Also, what does PSA stand for in relation to Pye?

    Johnnie

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnie214 View Post
    Thank you for the further information on the log.

    Does it say much in the book about Owen. I assume it is
    the same Sqn Ldr Owen that he flew with on May 7th.

    Also, what does PSA stand for in relation to Pye?

    Johnnie
    Johnnie,

    Owen is menitoned in passing only, when Trent and he were tested for upgrading from B2 to B1 instructor ratings (passed practical but both failed theory).

    psa = graduate of RAF Staff College

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    Default Sqd Ldr L H Trent VC

    It's a long time since this thread started, but I've only just joined, so I've only just seen it.
    I was at 3FTS Feltwell from February 1952 to September 1953, as a SAC (National Serviceman) working in Tech Control.
    Gp Cpt F J Rump was Station Commander, and Wg Cdr Cole was OC Flying Wing, Wg Cdr Avery was OC Tech Wing, and Wg Cdr Frank Aikens (racing driver) was OC Admin Wing. Sqd Ldrs Trent, Owen & Misselbrook were in charge of the 3 squadrons (flying Harvards & Prentices), but I can't remember which one was i/c which.
    Owen was captain of the station rugby team, for which I also played (he played full back), but all I can remember about him really is that he had to separate me and Flt Lt Paddy Uprichard of RAF Marham (an Irish international, who died last year), after Paddy had high-tackled me. As I was only SAC I was on a hiding to nothing!

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