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    Hello all,

    Could anybody help with deciphering of these Log Book entries from S.F.T.S. training period:

    a) Q.G.H. Exercise
    b) H.D.B. (Dummy) - concerns to bombing exercise?
    c) L.L.B. - Low Level Bombing?
    d) S.B.A.
    e) Air to Air Cine
    f) Battle Climb

    thank you very much in advance for your ideas

    Milan

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    d) is S*** Beam Approach (ie instrument landing). Why the S**** escapes me right now, I can't say... I blame the flu.

    e) CINE exercises are air to air firing exercises using the CINE gun camera to test theoretical aim position and deflection angles. Usually done during mock dog-fighting. No ammunition is loaded.

    f) maybe a scramble test? ie quick take off and rapid climb to designated height?
    Interests include Spitfires in Malta 1942 and 460 Sqdn 1943-44 (including Black Thursday)

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    Standard Beam Approach??

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    Hi Milan
    QGH was a form of letdown procedure using a D/F facility on the airfield and the radio in the a/c. Basically the ground station took bearings on the a/c and issued instructions to bring the a/c to overhead the airfield and then issued instructions for it to fly away from the overhead on a specific bearing, for a set time, and then to follow a prebriefed timed turn to bring it back to the airfield, usually lined up with the runway.The combination of time and bearing from the overhead would enable a descent to be carried out to get below any cloud cover and complete a visual landing, it was not a precision device. I seem to remember that the full title for a QGH was "controlled descent through cloud" and most airfields had set procedures for each landing direction. It could work with both W/T and Voice transmissions.
    It was also possible to give sufficient guidance to feed the a/c into the SBA system,where SBA stood for Standard Beam Approach. The SBA was a system using 2 separate, careful lobe-shaped transmissions from a ground station each on the same frequency but overlapping along a narrow bearing say along the Runway centre line. In one lobe would be a continuous sound of the morse letter N (- .),and in the other the letter A (.-). Where they overlapped the sound was a solid continuous tone that could be followed to the runway The early SBA was entirely aural but they did develop a system of visual pointers on an instrument in the cockpit to make the system easier to use.
    Air to Air Cine was a Gunnery excercise using camera guns which were used for fighter and Air Gunner training.
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    Dick
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    Hello All,

    thank you ver ymuch for your replies.

    To Dick: Thank you very much for your explanation. This is it what I need to know.

    thank you again

    wbw

    Milan

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    Could it have been where they taught them how do avoidance tactics for the flak and a/c to add to the corkscrewing they were taught. Would be interesting to ask a veteran....

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    In RCAF School records LLB was low level bombing. Also have seen DB for dive bombing and HLB for high level bombing, maybe HDB is some combination?

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    For practise a number of aircraft - up to squadron strength, would climb in formation to a predetermined height, typically and depending on aircraft employed, to 28,000 - 30,000 feet, the object being to gain experience of keeping formation to an operational ceiling. On the return sometimes pairs would engage in mock dog fights.

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    Ian

    Thanks for that. It must have been some sight to behold if there was enough of them.

    Dee

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    Hello All,

    To Oggie: thanks for ideas

    To Bill: thank you for confirmation of LLB.
    Concerning to H.D.B. - It could be pilotīs own term for H.L.B. He might have thought the High Dummy Bombing.

    To Ian: thank you for Battle Climb explanation

    wbw

    Milan

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