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    According to his service record my father Sgt John French (WOp/AG) was posted to 4AOS in West Freugh in February 1943 after completing his training in the United States. Please could anyone advise what aircraft he would have flown there. I am somewhat confused, as Tony Falconer's excellent RAF Airfields of WW2 does not show any training squadrons stationed at West Freugh.

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    No 4 Air Observers School was at West Freugh - 17 Apr to 1 Nov 1939 and then again from , 16 Jun 1941 to 11 Jun 1943, when it became No 4 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit. Both units were mainly equipped with Ansons

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    My father where at West Freugh (1AOS) from July 21st 1941 until September 12th1941, for the Bombing and Gunnery courses.
    He flew in Blackburn Botha and Fairy Battles.
    The Navgation course at Prestwick used Ansons and Fokker XXXVI.

    Best regards

    JKStenwig

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    Airman that trained overseas were sent on an Acclimatisation Course when they returned to the UK, so that they could familiarise themselves with flying in UK conditions which included:

    * crowded, hostile skies
    * obstructions, such as barrage balloons
    * black out conditions
    * European terrain
    * fog / cloud cover

    These courses were held at the (P) and (O) Advanced Schools before the airman was posted to an OTU

    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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