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    Default Blenheim OTU, Andover, April 1941

    Guys,

    Can anyone tell me which Blenheim OTU's were based near Andover in early 1941.

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    Nick

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    Default Blenheim OTU's

    G'day Nick

    No. 6 Operational Training Unit was re-formed on the 1st of June, 1941 at Andover from the School of Army Co-operation.

    No. 42 Operational Training Unit was formed at Andover on the 18th of July, 1941. Some of the flying instructor cadre were posted to the unit from No. 6 O.T.U.

    Source: Air Britain's 'Royal Air Force Flying Training and Support Units'

    Cheers...Chris

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    Default Blenheim OTU, Andover, April to June 1941

    How you doing Chris,

    Thanks for this.

    My Father left 2 SFTS at the end of March 1941 and was operational by June.

    I have been shown a passage in a book written by F/O S P L Johnson who was training to be a flying instructor at this time at Upavon. He refers to visiting a pub and meeting some of the crew from 2SFTS who 'were on an OTU at Andover on Blenheims' so l think this OTU would have preceeded the start of 6 or 42 OTU. Stephen Johnson left 2SFTS at the same time as my Father and was at Upavon for 5 weeks, so allowing for a week or two of R&R, we are looking at April/May 1941.

    Allowing for the passage of time, it is feasable that this could be the 1st June and 6 OTU but what would they have done in between time. What were 6 OTU flying?

    Any ideas Gents?

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    Nick

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    Nick,

    I think you may find that the SAC was acting in part as a de facto OTU until the advent of No.6OTU, hence Johnson's reference to 'an' OTU rather than one by number.

    Errol

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    Thanks Errol,

    Sounds likely. I will check ou the OTU ORB if it exists.

    Regards,

    Nick

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