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    Default Rex Tilley, Canadian, Pilot, 125 (Newfoundland) Sqn

    I'm reviewing the flying log book (FLB) of Rex Tilley, a Newfoundlander who flew Mosquitos with 125 Sqn.

    In the "Duty" column of his FLB, he frequently recorded "P.I." Less frequently he recorded "Anti-Diver Patrol" & "Bullseye."

    Can anyone tell me what P.I., Anti-Diver Patrol & Bullseye duties were?

    Thank you - very much - for all assistance.

    John
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    Default Re: Rex Tilley, Canadian, Pilot, 125 (Newfoundland) Sqn

    John

    Anti Diver patrols were against the V-1 flying bombs.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Diver

    Bullseyes were simulated night time bombing training exercises, I believe.

    I'm sure someone else may be able to supply the meaning of the P.I. bit...

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    Default Re: Rex Tilley, Canadian, Pilot, 125 (Newfoundland) Sqn

    Practice Intercept perhaps?

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    Andy, Simon

    Thank you - very much - for the assistance. Really appreciate.

    PI for Practice Intercept makes sense.

    John

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    Default Re: Rex Tilley, Canadian, Pilot, 125 (Newfoundland) Sqn

    It’s important to note that the Dominion of Newfoundland was not a part of Canada until 1949. Does his service number indicate he was RAF or RCAF? A citizen from Newfoundland would not have been a Canadian during the war.

    Jim
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    Default Re: Rex Tilley, Canadian, Pilot, 125 (Newfoundland) Sqn

    Jim, RAFVR. Commissioned from Flt Sgt (798548) on 16 Feb 43 as a PO (143675). This link may add some substance: http://www.ganderairporthistoricalso...Rex.Tilley.htm
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    798548 is in the Newfoundland RAFVR Block 798500-799549. 798857 was the highest issued. The block is for “Local Enlistment” and was issued from 1 Aug 1940. I have tried, on several occasions, to find out precisely what was meant by “Local Enlistment”, but been unsuccessful!
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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 7th December 2021 at 11:04.

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    Col Bruggy, Peter, Terry, Jim

    Thank you all – very much – for the info. Really interesting.

    Tilley’s FLB records his very last op was 17 Sep 45. It was a night flight in 125 Sqn Mosquito “E” with F/L Jones that lasted 2 hrs. From the time he first flew a Fleet Finch at Goderich, on 24 Nov 40, until this very last op, Tilley flew a total of 923 hrs, 35 mins. The “Duty” of this op is recorded as P.I. (Practice Intercept) The FLB gives no indication of the route or target of this op. The Gander Airport history from Jim states that his last op was to Norway. Does anyone know why Tilley would fly to Norway, more than 4 months after the end of war in Europe, for a practice intercept? Couldn’t practice intercepts be done closer to home?

    I understand that Nfld did not join Canada until 1949, but was “The First Draft for RAF Aircrew for Aug 22, 1940” a first draft of aircrew from just Nfld or from across Canada?

    Really appreciate the assistance.

    John

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    Default Re: Rex Tilley, Canadian, Pilot, 125 (Newfoundland) Sqn

    Quote Originally Posted by bluefish View Post

    I understand that Nfld did not join Canada until 1949, but was “The First Draft for RAF Aircrew for Aug 22, 1940” a first draft of aircrew from just Nfld or from across Canada?

    John
    Almost certain it would have had nothing to do with Canada.

    Jim

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