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    A copy of the group photograph for No.18 Course of 8 Flying Training School at RAF Montrose has been supplied by the son of one of the trainee pilots on the course. 38 trainees attended the course and the photograph includes the surname and last 3 digits of their service number whilst on the course.

    As a project for Montrose Air Station Heritage I'm researching the history of the trainees. Unfortunately there are 4 men on the course that cannot be identified. These are :

    Robinson or Robenson 122
    Hurlbatt 079
    Jones 117
    Thomson 072

    I can supply a copy of the photograph to aid any searches. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Unfortunately as part of the research we have identified some errors in spelling of the surnames and also discrepancies with the last 3 digits of the service number.

    Thank you in advance of any help.

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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    Can you please give a date of the course and sample
    Service numbers and names identified to we can get an idea of range of numbers

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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    Hello,

    Here's one:

    AIR 78/82/26
    Hurl, A - Hurlstone, Sydney Arthur.
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C15624375
    Image 3 of 76.

    956079 Frank Henry HURLBATT.

    RAF Service Numbers.

    935000-965999 - UK enlistments, Cardington - September 1939-August 1940.

    There is also a Frank Henry HURLBATT (Cadet/2nd Lt., Royal Artillery), mentioned here:

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...supplement/141 (see also p.139)

    Possibly a RAF-Regular Army transfer.

    Col.
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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    Thanks, I've added an example of a few of the names and service numbers we've managed to identify. Hope these can help as we've now only three names to identify.

    Mair, John Drysdale 748302
    Keane, David Graham 748708
    Paton, R G 750554
    Gage, Douglas Hugh 754757
    Steadman, Dennis 748599
    Lloyd, Dennis Ward 758193
    Silk, Frank Harry 754792
    Robertson, Basil Lionel 748333
    Robenson, ?
    Stanley, James William 745652
    Pigott, William Thomas 754458
    Jones, ?
    Lloyd, John Philip 758203
    Lindsay, Alec Ian 754460
    Mathews, Kenneth 745501
    Hurlbatt, Frank Henry
    Thomson, ?
    Jooris, Raymond Albert 754758
    Stanley, S W 758200
    Morgan, James T 748420
    Mitchell, David Cooper 748420

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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    Thanks Col, that's really helpful.

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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    Hi,
    Could Thomson be a mis-spelling of Sebastian Maitland Thompson?
    He was on this course at that time,
    Regards
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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    Service number end not right

    754754 Bastian Maitland TIHOMPSON( 83250)

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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    Hi Paul,
    Of course, you are right it was Bastian Maitland Thompson not Sebastian....
    None the less, he was definitely on No 18 course at RAF Montrose.
    Perhaps there was a Thomson and a Thompson on the course.
    gerry

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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    A service number is duplicates I think it should be

    Morgan, James 748241

    18 Course which ran from 9th April to 26th July 1940.

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    Default Re: No.8 Flying Training School - No.18 Course - RAF Montrose 1940 - Looking for Help

    Hi Paul,
    I've just been through my records.
    I have the following Battle of Britain airmen that were on 18 course at Montrose for the dates you mention above.

    Tweed, Sellers, Gage, Steadman, Lloyd, Silk, Robertson, Robinson, Thompson, Mitchell, Sykes, Marston, Lawford, Sibley and Rowden.

    I also have a note to say that several others on this course were posted to 56 squadron during the qualifying period for the BoB but failed to complete an Operational Flight.

    Regards
    Gerry

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