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    Default RAF Airfield Defence training in 1941

    I have an airman who did his basic training at 12 Recruit Centre over June-July,1941.
    And subsequently specialised as a Ground Gunner.

    After 12RC he was posted to 11 Flying Training School at Shawbury.
    Under this posting is a note stating "AA (D) Flight".

    So, my question is, was this a Flight of 11 FTS which provided air defence for the station ?
    In which case this airman would have been picking up the role 'on-the-job'.
    Or was AA (D) a training Flight within 11 FTS ?

    His next posting was to 1 Ground Gunnery School in June,1942.
    By which time, of course, the RAF Regiment had been formed.
    And so I presume that this is where he received formal AA Gunnery training ?

    As always, I'd be grateful for any pointers.

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    Default Re: RAF Airfield Defence training in 1941

    Some other terms from his Service Record that I've not come across before.

    Complexion = High COI
    His first Good Conduct Badge is summarised in the 'Miscellaneous' section but prefixed by 'WS1'
    Also in Miscellaneous - Med.Cat: Gunner 'V'
    In the Reason column for postings - 'Form' and also 'RAFR'
    And annotated at the end of the list of postings, are rows marked 'PR' and 'KMF 44'

    Anybody come across these before ?

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