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    Default Coversion to Typhoon Ib and Tempest in Scotland 1944/45?

    Returning from flying training in South Africa one of my pilots converted to Typhoon IB and Tempest V at a unit somewhere in Scotland between May 1944 and May 1945.

    I do not know if the training took place at a OTU or a Tactical Exercise Unit. Would any one have an idea of possible candidates?

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    Hi Mikkel

    It could been No 59 OTU at Milfield, which is actually in Northumberland, England but not far from the Scottish border.

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    Or No.56 OTU who were also at Milfield in early 1945, there is mention in their ORB of conversion courses but not which types were involved. It does mention some pilots who had been sent for a conversion course having previous Spitfire experience being sent out to another unit, not that that is helpful.
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    Hi Miikkel
    56OTU at Milfield operated Typhoons and Tempests (as well as Masters and Martinets) between December 1944 And February 1946, when it was disbanded. It was the only OTU to operate Tempests during the war years. Some conversion training was done at the GSUs, but both these were in the south of England.

    During this period 59OTU was a Typhoon unit at Acklington, also in the north of England. It had been at Milfield in an earlier existence.
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    No.83 & 84 GSU are mentioned in the ORB for No.56 OTU as the destination for the pilots with previous Spitfire experience.
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    Hi Malcolm, Alan and Chris
    Thank you! Very helpful.

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