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    Default What Was A 'Driver' Exercise?

    Apologies in advance if I should know the answer, but can anyone tell me what was this type of exercise was please? I have a couple of No.118 Squadrons pilot participating in one on 25th April 1944, but do not know what it was............ TIA, as always. Andrew

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    No apologies necessary! I don’t know the answer either. I wonder if it was related to perhaps training to prepare for strafing attacks against convoys of vehicles on roads, in preparation for Overlord and the battles on the continent. Military vehicles requiring “drivers”.

    Just speculation.

    Jim

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    Default Re: What Was A 'Driver' Exercise?

    Possibly something to do with this

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/C8114447
    or
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ails/r/C753239

    but I am none the wiser as to what it actually is.

    Chris
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    Default Re: What Was A 'Driver' Exercise?

    Hello

    The second reference posted by Chris above seems to be the best bet - "Exercise 'Driver': co-operation between ships and shore-bound fighter aircraft."

    The Whirlwind Fighter Project website has a transcript of then 263 Sqn ORB, which includes the following which tie in:

    July 1943
    7th-8th Exercise Driver: Sgt Wood made dummy attacks on a Destroyer off the Needles without being intercepted by Spitfires.

    Also

    May 1944
    10th Exercise Driver With HMS Glasgow & Plymouth guns.

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 28th April 2022 at 16:40. Reason: typo
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    Default Re: What Was A 'Driver' Exercise?

    Thanks to all for your contributions. I does seem as though a 'Driver' exercise was, essentially, a mock attack - made against Royal Navy shipping. Cheers, Andrew

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