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    Hello all,

    Can anyone please tell me where following flying schools were based at the given dates :

    No 13 Elementary Flying Training School February 1941
    No 9 Flying Training School May 1941

    TIA

    Walter

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    Hi Walter

    13 EFTS was at Peterborough
    9 SFTS was at Hullavington

    Malcolm

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    Many thanks Malcolm!

    I found on the web that 13 EFTS operated Tiger Moths, would you or anyone else know what types were used by 9 FTS (service record lists it as FTS not SFTS)?

    The airmen in question went on to fly Blenheims operationally so I take it he must have received twin engine training at 9 FTS - Oxfords perhaps? From 9 FTS he went on to 42 OTU.

    Thanks again,

    Walter

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    Hi Walter

    All FTSs were officially renamed Service Flying Training Schools on 3 Sep 1939 but RAF records tended to continue referring to them as simply FTS. They were re-designated (Pilot) Advanced Flying Units in April 1942.

    9 SFTS operated Oxfords and Battles initially but by late 1939 was operating Harvards, Harts, Audax, Furies and Ansons. In Jul 1940 it became a Group 1 school training single-engined pilots so all twin engined types left. In Sep 1940 it had 108 Harts/Masters and by Feb 1941 56 + 28 Masters and 16 + 8 Hurricanes.

    Above is from A-B's RAF FTSU

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    "They were re-designated (Pilot) Advanced Flying Units in April 1942."

    At the risk of being pedantic, by my reading of RAFFTSU this should more correctly read:

    Most were re-designated (Pilot) Advanced Flying Units during January-April 1942.

    Errol

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    I stand corrected Errol

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    Malcolm, thanks for the input (Erroll too of course) but I am puzzled by the fact that 9 SFTS would only have trained single engine pilots.

    P/O Peter Looker started with 13 EFTS on 15.02.1941 (where he obviously would have gotten his elementary flying training on Tiger Moths) and then progressed onto 9 SFTS ON 04.05.1941. On 02.08.1941 he went to 42 OTU where he flew Blenheims, which afterwards he flew operationally with 13 Sqdn until his being KIA on 26.06.1942.

    So, logically speaking, wouldn't he have been trained to fly twin engined a/c with 9 SFTS?

    TIA

    Walter

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    Walter

    The same source states that 42 OTU was set up to retrain Lysander pilots on Bisleys, so I suspect he did his twin engined conversion here rather than at 9 SFTS.

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    Well thank you again Malcolm, that would indeed make sense.

    Cheers,

    Walter

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    Default EFTS Locations 1940/41

    I have a similar query and would very much appreciate being pointed in the right direction.
    I'm tracing a pilot who attended:
    9, 10, then 11 FTS during Nov - Dec 1940, then No 13 School of Navigation Jan 41.
    Could someone advise how I might find out where these schools were located?
    Thanks so much in advance.
    John

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