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    Default Length & Syllabus of Course at N0.1668 CU, Late1943

    Hi All. I'm looking at a crew that were posted from No.1668 CU to No.207 Squadron in very late December 1943. No.1668's ORB records them being posted out, but not their arrival. I'm assuming that they would have arrived from one of the OTUs, but which one and when? Does anyone know how long their course would have lasted and what the syllabus would have been please? Thanks, as always, Andrew

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    Default Re: Length & Syllabus of Course at N0.1668 CU, Late1943

    Andrew

    This is an example of the course schedule (but there were variations across the different HCU

    Familiarisation
    Circuits and landings
    Circuits and landings, overshoot procedure
    Three-engine flying, to include one demonstration landing and at least one landing by the pupil at the controls before going solo
    Circuits and landings
    Dual check including overshoot procedure
    Circuits and landings, three engine flying
    Circuits and landings, central flying; Standard Beam Approach practice
    Three-engine landings and overshoots; two-engine flying
    Complete crew Bombing; W/T practice; Gee and map reading
    Complete crew - air to air firing; general flying.
    Complete crew - Fighter affiliation
    Complete crew - fighter affiliation; three-engine flying; Standard Beam Approach
    Complete crew Bombing; Standard Beam Approach practice
    Night circuits and landings to be completed in two nights with a check dual second night prior to solo.
    Night circuits and landings
    Complete crew - day cross-country
    Complete crew - night cross-country; night bombing
    Complete crew - night cross country
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Default Re: Length & Syllabus of Course at N0.1668 CU, Late1943

    Thanks for that PeteT, it has been very helpful. Cheers, Andrew

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