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    Default No.4 OAFU West Freugh

    Does anybody have any information or details about this base during the later war years. The w/op. that I'm interested in was posted there for a month or so after a time at Yatesbury and prior to going to OTU.
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    Default West Freugh

    G'day Max

    R.A.F. Station West Freugh was part of No. 29 Group of Flying Training Commmand

    This gen was extracted from the Air Ministry publication "Geographical Index of R.A.F. Units - October 1944 (Amended to September 23rd 1944).

    Postal Address: West Freugh, Stranraer, Wigtownshire
    Telegraphic Address: Aeronautics Stranraer
    Telephoine Number: Lochans 55

    NOTE: Both the above (address/number) also applied to No. 4 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit.

    Transport Facilities:
    Stranraer I.M.S. (6 miles) (passengers and goods). Separate bus warrants to be issued thence to Unit. (Omnibus Cos.- Caledonian Bus Co. and R. Murray & Sons).

    On weekdays the last train for Stranraer from Glasgow and Dumfires leave in later afternoon. There are no trains on Sundays. Sidings at Railway Station.

    Location of Movement Control Officer:
    (1) Edinburgh
    (2) West Scotland District
    (3) Edinburgh

    Location of Works Staff
    Area H.Q. - No.1 Edinburgh

    Location of Works Staff
    S.O or S.W.O. - Newton Stewart

    Cheers...Chris

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    Thanks for that detail Chris.
    Do you know whether this type of posting to an OAFU was the norm for a w/op.? The guy in question (Colin Hill Terras) was trained in Australia, when he came over here he spent a month at Yatesbury and then a further month at West Freugh before OTU.
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    Max,

    A good number of RNZAF personnel were posted to 4(O)AFU shortly after arrival UK from training in Canada. In the majority of cases they were Air Bombers or Navigators. There were also some WOp/AGs, but none went via the 2RS route. ABs and Navs most probably went there to hone up on their skills under UK conditions, the WOp/AGs could have been there as temporary staff WOps and/or to get in some further w/t practice under UK conditions.

    Errol

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    Thanks for that Errol, that makes sense now.
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