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    Please could someone tell me where No.7(O)AFU was based during July 1944 and what was the units function? It was where a bomb Aimer, who I am researching was posted to after returning from a years training in Canada. He was to spend 5 weeks at No.7 (O)AFU before going on to No.19 OTU for 12 weeks. Thank you

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    Norman,

    No.7 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
    Formed 15.2.44 ex No.7 AOS in No.29 Group at Bishops Court with 61 Anson; Disbanded 31.5.45.
    Aircraft: Anson 1 (MG 902 12).
    Support Aircraft: Tutor (K6100); Hurricane I (N2599); Proctor III (HM294)

    Source: RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912, by Ray Sturtivant.

    Errol

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    Thank you Errol.

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    Hi Norman

    The AFU's were to 'educate' pilots. navs and bomb aimers who had trained in places like Canada, USA and South Africa about flying in European weather without 'distant horizons' due to our weather etc.

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    Hi Norman
    If you are not already familiar with the geography, Bishops Court was on the SE Coast of N Ireland about 8 mls S of Strangford Lough almost alongside the sea inlet to the Lough.
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    Thank you Eroll, Eddie & Dick. I wrongly assumed the "O" in 7(O)AFU meant "operational" as the research I am currently undertaking showed it preceeded a 12 week course at 19 OTU in Scotland.
    Last edited by namrondooh; 12th October 2008 at 13:02. Reason: corrections

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    When wops had completed their course at Radio School they were posted to AFUs for more advanced opportunities to practise their skills. I spent 3 weeks at Bishops Court on navigation exercises in Ansons, flights varying between 2 hours 20 mins and 3 hours 30 mins. The airfield is now partly used as a racing circuit.

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    Thank you Hugh

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