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    This pilot was born 6 Apr 17 and arrived in Southampton from South Africa on 2 Jan 37 in advance of being granted a SSC in the RAF on 3 May 37. I am not sure, however, where Chater was born and whether his arrival in the UK from South Africa indicates it was his country of birth.

    Chater did well, and while I am unclear of his postings between 1939 and 1942, I do know that he was OC, 603 Sqn, 28 Jan-1 Dec 43. Any information on his postings 1939-42 would be appreciated, please. I also have the following missing postings and dates that I hope forumites may be able to assist me with, please:

    • Stn Cdr, RAF Upavon, date? 1944;
    • OC, 20(P) AFU, Kiddlington, dates? 1945-46
    • Staff, RAFFC, Manby, date? 1949-3 Mar 52
    • 203 AFS, Driffield, 3 Mar 52-date? ca Apr 54
    • RAF Kai Tak, HKG, date ca Apr 54-when?
    • postings, 1956-63?
    • Air Attaché, Rangoon, date? ca Apr 63
    • postings, 1965-72?

    Chater retired on 6 Apr 72, retaining Gp Capt, and died in Poole, Dorset, 28 Apr 10

    Any assistance with the gaps I have in this pilot's career would be welcome, please.

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    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    Life history written by Chater, and yes he was born in Natal, in The Greatest Squadron of Them All volume 2.

    After training posted RAF Catterick with 41 Squadron for 8 months after which posted CFS Upavon for Instructor Training, then RAFC Cranwell Oct 38 - Sept 40.

    Posted 22 Air School Vereeniging, South Africa until January 43.

    OTU Ballah, Egypt where he completed one flight on a Blenheim and told he was trained. Then did two sorties rocket flying on Hurricane by getting friendly with some Canadians!

    Then posted OC 603 EDKU which I guess you know about.

    Sick and posted back UK, to 51 Night Fighter OTU as Chief Instructor on Beaufighters and Beauforts but after two months sent Empire Central Flying School

    August 44 posted RAF Snitterfield, No 18 (P) AFU then Kidlington as W/C Training.

    June 45 CO Lulsgate Bottom...courses for pilots becoming OCU instructors. Awarded AFC Sept 45

    April 46 CFS Upavon and later Little Rissington

    Dec 46 Empire Flying School Hullavington

    Oct 48 Air Ministry Department of Training

    Nov 51 No 2 Course for a year RAF Flying College Manby. Flew Lincoln to New Zealand near end of course

    March 52 - April 54 203 AFS Driffield on Meteor

    Posted Kai Tak as Wing Commander Admin

    Sent to Seletar and lost acting rank due to a misidentification! Sorted out and sent HQ Kuala Lumpa in charge of aircraft in Malaya until Feb 57 back UK.

    A&AEE Boscombe Down as Commandant for three years

    Maintenance Command near Andover as AIR I

    Burma Air Attache , replaced G/P Cook

    March 65 OCTU Feltwell/Henlow

    Early 68 OC Bassingbourn for 6 months to close it down, then Thorney Island in charge of Admin as wind down to retirement April 72

    regards Peter

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    That's brilliant, Peter; thank you!

    You say this is from a life history written by Chater that appears in vol 2 of The Greatest Squadron of Them All? Does he provide exact dates or just those above?

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    Thats a summary of all the dates included

    Peter

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    Okay, thanks - and thank you very much for taking all the time you did to type it all out; I appreciate it.

    Steve
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    Steve,
    My RSA BMD contact confirms large numbers of Chaters in Natal at that time!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Peter,
    Is that includes George Frederick CHATER 34230 who commanded 3 Squadron during the BoB and later 30 Squadron at Ceylon? Him too ending the war as a Group Captain.
    Phil

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    Phil,
    I am informed, by my RSA BMD expert ('Liz' Eshmade - "The Grave Lady") that the RSA/Natal BMDs have been recorded since 1895. The problem is that they are not on-line. And obtaining any Natal BMDs, off-line, from the current administration may well be fraught with some difficulties (you should realise, in that last sentence, that I am being somewhat 'delicate'!). Rather than search for BMD Certs, it might prove more fruitful to pursue the genealogical aspects? If I can help, I will!
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    Peter, if I ask you that it is because there is a doubt on FG Chater's birth place. In some sources he's given as being a Southern Rhodesian, while others give him as a SA. In his common bio, no place (nor date actually) of birth is given, leading to a kind of doubt.
    Phil

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    Phil,
    I have emailed Liz with this problem. She tells me there were/are Chaters in the Cape (well before the period you may be interested in), and the Transvaal (well after). It would seem, therefore, that if the 'official' RSA BMD line has 'difficulties', then the Fam Hist Soc route may prove a better way forward! I have asked her for her 'words of wisdom' on this matter!!
    Watch & wait!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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