Aircrew training in Canada and elsewhere included simulated flying (especially for “blind” flying) in Link Trainers. At the level of elementary and service training, the Link was a pretty basic tool - almost like a carnival ride. However, I note that once in Britain, in advanced and operational training, there was also Link time, often considerable. For example, Gerald Wilfred Allen logged flew Sunderland aircraft at No.4 (Coastal) OTU, 25 July to 20 October 1944 - seven hours thirty minutes day dual, 58 hours 35 minutes day solo, five hours 45 minutes night dual and 14 hours 45 minutes night solo. This included 14 hours five minutes on instruments. He also logged 22 hours ten minutes Link time.

George Frederick Arbuckle, once overseas, attended No.11 AFU, 21 April to 15 June 1943 flying Oxford aircraft. His training included six hours in Link trainers. At No.22 OTU, 15 June to 31 August 1943, he flew some 50 hours in Wellington III aircraft and also logged 15 hour Link time.

My question is this. Would the Link Trainers used at an AFU or OTU have differed markedly from those wingless toy aircraft experienced in Canada ? Or would have there been developed, by 1943, type-specific Links for Oxfords, Sunderlands, and other advanced operational types ?