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    I am researching the 5 year RAF service history of Squadron Leader Donald Jack FREEMAN, 76 Squadron Flight Commander 1944-1945 who spent a considerable amount of time as a flying instructor before joining an operational squadron in June 1944. It is said he was known as "Maxie Freeman" I have a few things that need explaining and would be grateful if anyone could help:-

    1) What is "11 CTS, Hereford" and what was its function ? (one week course in 1941)
    2) What was the function of the "Beam Approach School" ? (two weeks course in 1941)
    2) What date was he Commissioned? (no service number known)
    3) What date did he retire in 1945 ?

    These are all known postings in chronological order:-

    1940 Enlisted in the RAF
    11 Oct 1940 No 1 Receiving Wing, Babbacombe, Devon
    25 Oct 1940 No 5 Initial Training Wing, Torquay, Devon
    29 Dec 1940 No 15 Elementary Flying Training Sschool, RAF Carlisle
    9 Apr 1941 No 3 Service Flying Training School, RAF South Cerney
    20 Jul 1941 No 2 Central Flying School, RAF Cranwell
    29 Aug 1941 No 12 Service Flying Training School, RAF Grantham
    15 Oct 1941 No 1 Beam Approach School, RAF Watchfield
    27 Oct 1941 No 12(Pilots) Advance Flying Unit, RAF Grantham
    25 Nov 1942 No 3 Air Gunners School, RAF Castle Kennedy
    2 Dec 1942 No 5 Air Observers School, RAF Jurby, Isle of Man.
    25 May 1943 No 11 Air Gunners School, RAF Andreas, Isle of Man
    25 Aug 1943 No 11 CTS, Hereford
    2 Sep 1943 No 11 Air Gunners School, RAF Andreas, Isle of Man.
    18 Jan 1944 No 10 Operational Training Unit, RAF Abingdon
    4 Apr 1944 No 4 Group Battle School, RAF Driffield, Yorkshire
    29 Apr 1944 No 1658 Conversion Unit, RAF Riccal, Yorkshire
    13 Jun 1944 No 76 Squadron, as Squadron Leader OC "B" Flight
    June 1944 to April 1945 Took part on several air operations
    4 Nov 1945 Final flight with 76 Sqn as O.C. "B" Flight 1 Nov 1945
    1945 Retired from RAF

    Thank you
    Norman
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    Hello Norman,

    The only thing I can come up with that remotely resembles your, No.11 CTS,Hereford, is:

    No.11 School of Technical Training
    (1) Formed 15.6.40 at HEREFORD and undertook conversion courses for Electricians, Instrument Makers & Armourers;
    Disbanded 30.9.45
    (2) Reformed 8.10.45 in No.24 Group at HEDNESFORD; Disbanded 31.8.47

    See:
    Royal Air force Flying Training and Support Units.
    Sturtivant,R,Hamlin,J & J.J.Halley,
    Tunbridge Wells:Air Britain(Historians),1997(1st ed.)
    p.291

    Check 2nd edition for any updates.

    Sandwiched between two postings to 11 AGS, it seems logical. Then again!

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 9th July 2009 at 01:22. Reason: minor correction

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    Cant find a Donald Jack but there is a Jack Donald in the London Gazzette! He is A&SD branch however.

    Gazette Issue 35106 published on the 14 March 1941. Page 12 of 54
    ADMINISTRATIVE AND SPECIAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities:
    As Pilot Officers on probation.
    20th Jan. 1941.
    Jack Donald FREEMAN (61080).

    Gazette Issue 37249 published on the 31 August 1945. Page 4 of 6
    The undermtd. (on account of medical unfitness
    for Air Force service) retaining the rank of Fit.
    Lt.:
    Fig. Offs.:
    J. D. FREEMAN (61080). 3rd Aug. 1945.
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    hello,

    I have a pilot going through a "C.T.S.", but that was, if my memory serves me well, standing for "Combat Training School", in this case it was at Tealing, and he later flew Typhoons.

    I'll check tonight in "RAF Training ans support units" for further details, unless someone can check it before, as I don't want to give wrong informations relying on my memory only.

    Joss

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    Norman,

    There was someone appealling for info on the Handley page halifax Forum a couple of year ago. It read:

    I am looking for any info i can on my grandfather who served with 76 squadron during the war.
    Donald Jack Francis Freeman 1376629. According to his log books he started as LAC ending as S/LD.
    In particular im looking for pictures that anyone can share of him and his crew and of the airbase at that time. He was based at Linton on Ouse and then Holme on Spalding Moor.

    Is this your man?

    Regards
    Martyn

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    All important third name.

    Gazette Issue 35628 published on the 10 July 1942. Page 8 of 46
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Pit. Offs. on'prob. (emergency):—*
    Sgt
    1st May 1942
    1376629 Donald Jack Francis FREEMAN (123296).


    Promotion.
    Flg. Off. to be Flt. Lt. (war subs.): —
    1st May 1944
    D. J. F. FREEMAN (123296).

    Can't find a S/Ldr promotion but might be a scanning error on the LG's.

    Dennis
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    Hi Norman

    Full name was Donald Jack Francis Freeman and he was Commissioned on 1/5/42 with the No. 123296.

    Beam Approach Flying was Instrument only flying with the cockpit blacked out and being guided by radio beam (my non technical description!)

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    hello,

    I confirm that "my" pilot went through No. 1 Combat Training School, Tealing, posted out in October 1943, but "Flying Training and support unit since 1912" has it as No. 1 Combat Training Wing. This was No. 56 O.T.U. renamed on 5th October 1943, redesignated No. 1 Tactical Exercise Unit on 1st January 1944.

    The book offers no other option for CTS. CTTS has two meanings : Communication & Target Towing Squadron, or Civilian Technical Training School. It obviously depends on the context.

    Using the index name of the said book, I can only offer No. 11 School of Technical Training, at Hereford from its formation in July 1943 to its disbandment in september 1944. Only match of number 11 with that name. Unless someone can say better

    Joss
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    Many thanks to all contributors and thank you Eddie for your off board help.

    I think the "No.11 CTS" in rear of log book has to be read as No.11 TTS, (Technical Training School) Although "Combat Training School" immediately appeared the ideal answer -due to his gunnery school involvement, it had no connection with Hereford . However, it's a clear "C" in the copy of the postings page from Freemans log-book.

    Martyn,
    Thank you for the useful reference to a past discussion on S/Ldr Freemans service. Yes its the same man. I am, in fact, already in touch with his Grandson who kindly sent me the copy of his Grandfathers log-book postings page. However, there were no flying entries made during the week at 11 CTS and so from this, my inquiry was posted.

    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 9th July 2009 at 22:57. Reason: expanding acknowledgement.

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