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    Hello,
    Is there anybody in possession of a Syllabus for crews under training in a standard OTU for Bomber Command Wellington squadrons ?
    I have been researching the history of 18 (Polish) OTU at Bramcote/Finningley and such a Syllabus would be for me a great source of information on the standard training for Wellington crews of a typical night bomber BC squadron.

    Any help would be welcomed and appreciated.
    Regards,
    Greg

    PS: The same concerns the part of RAF Finningley Station ORB for the period: February 1943 - December 1944.
    I would be happy if someone would be so kind to share me with a copy of it.

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    Greg

    I can offer the following as a start point for you:

    Weeks 1 and 2 - Ground Instruction / Crewing Up / Familiarisation (Circuits and Landings)
    Weeks 3 to 6 - Ground Instruction and Basic Air Training (Bombing, Air Firing, Cine Gun, Night Fighter Affiliation) [DAY / NIGHT]
    Weeks 7 onwards - Ground Instruction and Applied Air Training (Cross Country (Dual), Cross Country (Solo) [DAY / NIGHT]

    I know the courses varied and that some crews undertook operational sorties towards the end of the course; I will look through my archives to see what else I have on this subject

    Regards

    Pete
    Last edited by PeteT; 11th May 2016 at 11:18.
    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 Pete.
    This is really of interest to me.
    If you come across anything that could give me a clue of how this training looked like, it would be appreciated.
    Many thanks in advance,
    Regards,
    Greg
    Last edited by Grexx; 12th May 2016 at 06:26. Reason: typos

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    Greg

    This is from a 1944 publication:

    The flying course starts with conversion to the Wellington aircraft, gradually progresses through various stages and ends up with a leaflet raid in a Wellington.
    The syllabus includes the following:

    • Synthetic training:
    - Link trainer
    - AM Bombing Teacher
    - clay pigeon shooting
    - turret training

    • Gunnery:
    - combat manoeuvres
    - air-to-sea firing
    - air-to-air firing
    - fighter affiliation

    • Bombing:
    - high-level bombing
    - bombing on cross-countries
    - infra-red bombing
    - demonstration of pathfinder techniques and target indicators

    • Navigation
    - DR navigation
    - cross-countries
    - radar training

    • Operational training
    - night exercises with night fighters, searchlight and anti-aircraft organisation in this country

    • Drills:
    - dinghy
    - parachute
    - fire
    - oxygen
    - crash

    • Operational Procedures:
    - Darky
    - searchlight homing
    - SOS

    It may be useful to get hold of some flying log books which show the OTU exercises / flying hours to see if we can build up a common picture

    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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