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    Hi, does anyone know of any sources of info about the RAF training schools/ programmes for pilots in WW2 in south africa. I am trying to find out some info about Horace John Hollinshead who trained as a pilot for the RAF in WW2 in SA. He was awarded the Pacific star so I presume he must have gone on to serve in that theatre?
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    James

    Google has a little on SA WW2 training schools .Including BBC- WW2 People's war
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/

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    Hi James
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that there is a book about air schools of WW2 in SA, and there are certainly books about the Empire Air Training Scheme in general (includes Canada, USA, Australia and Rhodesia as well). I can tell you that pilot training was undertaken at a number of SA air schools including:

    Elementary Flying Training - 1AS Baragwanath, 2AS @ Randfontein, 3AS @ Wonderboom, 4AS @ Benoni, 5AS @ Witbank, 6AS@ Potchefstroom, 7AS @ Kroonstad,

    Service Flying Training - 21AS @ Kimberley, 22AS @ Vereeniging, 23AS @ Zwartkop (Pretoria), 24AS @ Nigel (Dunnottar), 25AS @ Standerton, 26AS @ Pietersburg, 27AS @ Bloemspruit (Bloemfontein),

    Initial & Advanced Flying Training - 75AS @ Lyttelton (Pretoria)

    Other aircrew (Observers, Navigators, Air Gunner etc) trained at various other Air Schools - there were about 40 altogether, scattered all over the country, but mainly in the Transvaal, Orange Free State & Eastern Cape because of their good flying weather.

    If I find the reference to the book, I will post again. In the mean time, hope this helps!!
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    James,

    A useful 104 page book on this subject by Capt Dave Becker was published by the SAAF Museum in c.1989. Titled 'Yellow Wings - the story of the joint air training scheme in World War 2', several second hand copies may be found advertised on www.bookfinder.com

    The sub-title is a little misleading: the work is solely about the Scheme in South Africa.

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    cheers all, most helpful

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    That's the book!!! "Yellow Wings"!! Hope you find a copy! Do you have Hollinshead's Service Records - if so, do they not tell you which Air Schools he went to? I have seen Canadian air schools listed very accurately in RAF airmen's records.
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    That's the book!!! "Yellow Wings"!! Hope you find a copy! Do you have Hollinshead's Service Records - if so, do they not tell you which Air Schools he went to? I have seen Canadian air schools listed very accurately in RAF airmen's records.
    Mel

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    Does anyone know if the book "Yellow Wings" contains details about the various course intakes and course content at the various schools? Alternatively, does anyone have any details for 1942 / 1943?

    The reason I ask is that I have downloaded the ORB's for 2, 24 and 75 Air Schools from TNA and they contain very little information regarding course intakes / content.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    - 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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    Hi Pete

    The simple answer is No.

    Malcolm

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    That's a shame ..... my search (which may turn out to be fruitless) continues

    Thanks Malcolm

    Pete
    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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