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    Default Flt. Lt. Gardiner / 405 Squadron

    Can any help me identify a Flt. Lt. Gardiner, who seems to have given my Dad instruction in S.B.A. in an Oxford while at Gransden Lodge in June of 1944? He doesn't seem to be listed in the R.C.A.F. awards website, nor can I find his name in the 405 O.R.B.
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    Cheers, Clint

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    There are quite a few Gardiner's here

    http://www.aircrewremembered.com/Par...se/?q=gardiner

    Without initials it might be difficult

    Chris

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    Yes, I thought I had found the right Gardiner when I saw this gentleman, but the dates are wrong. "My" Gardiner was at Gransden Lodge on June 22, 1944....he may not even have been Canadian.....perhaps an R.A.F. instructor....?

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    It is possible that F/Lt Gardiner may have travelled to Gransden Lodge from another unit (such as No.1531 BAT Cranage) to provide instruction on an Airspeed Oxford that had the necessary equipment. Just a thought.

    Jim

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    Yes, Jim, quite possible....I was wondering what an "Oxbox" was doing at Gransden, so perhaps Gardiner flew it there to give some refreshers to some of the Squadron's pilots....?

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    Yes. I checked dad’s logbook for his time at Cranage and there is no “Gardiner” listed in his logbook. Not to say he wasn’t there but I presume there were also other BAT units.

    “Oxfords” could be at 405. Sometimes they were at the disposal of senior staff to travel to other units.

    Jim
    Last edited by JDCAVE; 26th January 2020 at 19:09.

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