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    Pilot Officer Michael V. Reynolds, RAF 41617 (Australia), age 26, 02/01/1940 - died in a crash of Westland Wallace K3911 of 1 AAS.

    But was this 1 AAS No. 1 Air Armament School or No. 1 Advanced Air School?

    If I can rely on the information on this site - http://www.jaapteeuwen.com/ww2aircraft/html%20pages/WESTLAND%20WALLACE.htm

    'In September 1939, some 125 Westland Wallaces were still on strength (41 of them Mk Is). They flew on until mid-1943, serving as trainers at Bombing and Gunnery Schools, and in other support roles including target-towing.'

    both units are possible. Or do I miss something?

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Reynolds was one of the names I asked for help with a few days ago. John said that it was Wallace K3911:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2065&highlight=Wallace+K3911
    (post #4)

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    EDIT - posted whilst you edited above post. Sorry

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    Hello Amrit,

    The main part of the original text disappeared when I posted it - happens a lot. In the meantime everything suggests to No 1. Air Armament School.
    Only 4 hits on this: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Advanced+Air+School%22
    And 67 on this: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22No.+1+Air+Armament+School%22

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Bart,

    "But was this 1 AAS No. 1 Air Armament School or No. 1 Advanced Air School?"

    The former. There was no such unit as the latter, according to Air-Britain's authoritative 'RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912'.

    Errol

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    Thanks, Errol. Gives the book you mentioned more information on 1 AAS, or contains it only all the names of the units?

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Bart,

    The entry (more than I have time to copy here in full) provides dates/places of movement of the unit, numbers by type on strength on selected dates, and a list of all known types used (including support aircraft) with at least one serial quote for each.

    Errol

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    Hello Errol,

    Thanks - so it is another book I've to buy.

    Regards,

    Bart

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