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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask for typical training of BC crew (RCAF) in 1944.
    I am not interested in individual trade training but in following:

    1. what was the sequence of units? OTU - HCU - operational unit?
    2. where the crew was put together? at the OTU or at the HCU?

    Any other additional information much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Hi Pavel

    After their own trade training the individuals went to the Operational Conversion Unit where they formed themselves into crews. At this stage a crew might only be five or six strong - the Flight Engineer and possibly one of the gunners did not join them until the next stage of their training which was at the Heavy Conversion Unit. That's the simple version but I hope it helps

    Eddie

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    Hi Eddie,

    thanks this is exactly what I was thinking.
    Do not worry - the simplest is the best:-)

    Pavel
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    HI Pavel
    ive talked at length with my uncle les brown over his training at 28 OTU RAF Wymswold and 1667 HCU RAF Sandtoft between aug 44 and dec 44
    they were put into a large room at Wymswold and literally after talking among each other crews would be formed
    in the case of my uncle who was a w/op the pilot head hunted him in the room having talked to other personnel and formed in his own mind being the aircraft captain what he wanted
    as for the enginner he joined at sandtoft having undertaken a seperate training route
    the pilot did not have a choice in this selection
    ive in my profile posted the pilot,s log book covering the training at these two airfieldshope this helps
    regards
    dave

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    Many thanks for additional info Dave.
    Please check your mailbox.

    Pavel
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