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    Looking for locations for the following Beam/Blind Approach Training Flights:

    1514 Beam Approach Training Flight, June 1942
    1510 Blind Approach Training Flight, February 1943

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    Rob,

    Latest information, is:

    No.14/1514 BLIND/BEAM APPROACH TRAINING FLIGHT.

    Formed 22.9.41 as No.14 Blind Approach Training Flight at CONINGSBY in No.3 Group with 6+2 Oxford; 10.41 became No.1514 Beam Approach Training Flight; 8.3.43 temp WOODHALL SPA during runway construction; 8.43 CONINGSBY; 2.1.44 FISKERTON; Disbanded 9.1.45. Aircraft: Oxford (AT767) - (p.126)

    No.10/1510 BLIND/BEAM APPROACH/RADIO AIDS TRAINING FLIGHT.

    Formed wef 9.12.40 as No.10 Blind Approach Training Flight at LEUCHARS in No.18 Group, initially with Wellingtons; 31.10.41 became No.1510 Beam Approach Training Flight; 19.5.42 to No.17 Group; 25.12.42 re-equipped from 3+1 Oxford to 3+1 Anson fitted ASV/BA becoming No.1510 BABS Flight; 6.6.43 restyled No.1510 Flight for security reasons; 15.8.44 SQUIRES GATE; 31.8.45 MELBOURNE in No.4 Group, Transport Command, the term BABS Flight being then restored ... (p.125)

    See:
    RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912.
    Sturtivant,Ray with John Hamlin.
    Stanfield:Air-Britain (Historians),2007 (rev.ed. of RAFFT&SU[1997]).
    pp.125-6

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    Many thanks, Col. Lots of useful details there.

    For anyone wondering, ASV/BA was the version of BABS developed for Coastal Command. It was based on two ASV beacons, one for homing to the airfield and the second for creating the approach beam based on the Lorenz principle of two interlocking pulsed beams, one to either side of the runway centreline. The other version of BABS was AI/BA, developed for Fighter Command.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robstitt View Post
    Looking for locations for the following Beam/Blind Approach Training Flights:

    1514 Beam Approach Training Flight, June 1942
    1510 Blind Approach Training Flight, February 1943

    Thanks!

    Robert
    Probably useless information but there was a BATF course at Holme in August 1942. My husband went there when he was at Ossington after returning from the USA. It was Course number 1520 not 1514. Thought I would mention it in case there was a connection.
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    Hello Mag. Thanks for the thought.

    I believe '1520' refers to 1520 Blind Approach Training Flight at RAF Holme on Spalding Moor, rather than a course number.

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    Robert

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    I have just completed a document (paper) on the Blind (or Beam) Approach Landing System, and in particular how it applied to Coastal Command. I will be sending Rob STITT a copy shortly, but if anyone on else is interested in a copy, you are welcome to contact me.

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