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    Hello.
    I am researching a fighter pilot David Lake Ferraby who had flown in Malta in 1942, returning to the UK he joined 64 squadron after a spell with 61 and 57 OTUs.
    In November 1943 he spent a week at the above establishment. Can any one tell me please why he would have attended here ?
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    At a guess he would be learning co-operation with ground forces, would 64 Sqn have been providing ground support during the summer of 1944 or have been planned to do so?

    Fligth magazine dated 1934 has an article whihc gives a statement :

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1934/1934%20-%201274.html?search=school of artillery

    "The officers do Army " schemes" on the ground during their course, they visit the School of Artillery at Larkhill and witness shoots, and whenever possible they go to Tidworth and see some operations carried out by armoured cars, tanks, cavalry, and infantry.

    The context of that article from 1934 was a review of the Old Sarum, School of Army Co-Operation.
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1934/1934%20-%201273.html
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    It might be, however, that he had been earmarked to become a Forward Air Controller (FAC) - or even an airborne Artillery Spotter. The FAC "trade" was a two-way thing. RAF FACs could live and work with Army Units, and Army FACs could live and work with RAF Units (who can forget the FAC R/T callsign of "Rubber Duck" with 38 Grp in the mid 60's?)
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    Thanks for the replies given.

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