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    Hello all
    I am looking for info on a trainee naval flier, is there a website that anyone can recommend
    the man in question is:-

    Sub-Lieutenant (A) ROBERT CHARLES REEDER

    H.M.S. Godwit., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 22
    on 02 January 1944

    TIA Nick

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    FAA, 758 Sqn, Godwit, air crash

    REEDER, Robert C, Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed

    WATSON, James C V K, Ty/Lieutenant Commander, RNVR, killed

    http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1944-01JAN.htm

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    And this has more detals about him

    http://www.bansteadhistory.com/Memorial/2_R.html

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    Thanks Amrit
    I found the Banstead website straight after posting my message. I will take a look at the other one now.
    The control tower at HMS Godwit is now B&B!Very modern looking.
    Thanks again.
    Nick

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    Nick,

    Air-Britain's 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft, 1939-1945' records his fate as follows:

    Airspeed Oxford MP299
    To RN 9.8.43; 758 Sqn Hinstock 8.43; Lost control at low level, spun in out of cloud nr the Wrekin, Cat Z2 2.1.44 (L/C JCVK Watson & S/L RC Reeder killed).

    According to the index, he is also mentioned in connection with the histories of Proctor P6071, Seafire NX963 & Vega Gull P5986.

    Errol

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    Thanks for that Errol

    Any Idea what cat Z2 means.
    Is there any chance you could let me know what connection there is with the Seafire Proctor and Vega Gull were.
    I am right that HMS Godwit was a Instrument and blind flying training establishment?
    Once again many thanks
    Nick

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    Nick,

    758 Sqn was at the time headquartered at Hinstock (one of the stations that came under HMS Godwit) and acted as "the Naval Advanced Instrument Flying School. Detachments were sent to the main specialist flying schools at Crail, East Haven Fearn, Hinstock and Yeovilton to provide a short instrument flying course for pupils. By 1944 it had over 100 Oxfords, and other types were also in use. There were three Rover units, being 'X' Flight wiht 6 Oxfords and 2 Tiger Moths, 'Y' Flight with 2 Oxfords and a Harvard, and 'Z' Flight with 5 Ansons. 'Z' Flight was a Calibration Flight, being also responsible for the development of landing and homing aids...' [Air-Britain's 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm].

    Z2 = Beyond economical repair; to be struck off charge and disposed of as scrap.

    Proctor P6071 - ...781 Sqn...taxying too fast, ran into van parked on peritrack, Cat X 29.4.43 (S/L RC Reeder).
    [Cat X - can be made serviceable by local resources.]

    Seafire NX963 - ...Lee Storage Section, stalled landing, breaking u/c, Cat Y 25.7.43 (S/L Reeder of 781 Sqn); 859 Sqn Yeovilton 3.44-11.44.
    [Cat Y = cannot be made serviceable locally but considered worth repair elsewhere.]

    Vega Gull P5986 - ...781 Sqn Lee 11.3.43 ('L9H'); collided with banki in dispersal bay, Cat Z 14.8.43 (S/L RC Reeder OK).
    [Cat Z = likely to be struck off charge]

    Errol

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    Thanks very much for that Errol.
    He seemed a bit accident prone!!
    or do you think one could expect several incidents like this as a matter of course.

    In the following extract.
    Seafire NX963 - ...Lee Storage Section, stalled landing, breaking u/c, Cat Y 25.7.43 (S/L Reeder of 781 Sqn);

    859 Sqn Yeovilton 3.44-11.44.
    What does this part refer to?

    All the best Nick

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    Nick,

    Yes, he seems to have been as much a menace on the ground as in the air!

    "859 Sqn Yeovilton 3.44-11.44.
    What does this part refer to?"

    Just that the aircraft was subsequently repaired and later saw service with 859 Sqn.

    Errol

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    Errol
    Thanks for clearing that up for me.

    Nick

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