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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anyone can shed some light on abbreviations whcih I have found in Log Book of 34 SFTS instructor in 1944?
    Two flights are described as FXQP and FXGP.

    Any help much appreciated

    Pavel
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    Pavel,
    Sounds like fixed gunnery exercises to me. Was this in latter part of 1944 when at single-engine RCAF SFTSs (meaning Harvards, and future fighter pilots), fixed gunnery was finally re-introduced to the syllabus in Canada, along with an increase in length of courses. 34 SFTS, originally an RAF SFTS, had been gradually "Dominionised" by this stage, so far as I know. Believe this change (to course lengths) was due to the great reduction in Allied air losses in all operational theatres around the world (and particularly in Europe) with consequent "backing up" in the training schools throughout the British Commonwealth air forces. Thus with the lengthening of courses, the extra training time available was at least partially taken up by the introduction of armament training (gunnery in Single-Engine schools, bombing in Multi-Engine schools). From memory the exercises were actually called FXGT and another (similar, but for flexible, or free gunnery, but cannot find actual letters at present). Anybody else know this abbreviation? I believe these abbreviations were widely used in gunnery training throughout the Commonwealth, for fixed (as in fixed guns, as in fighters, for pilots only) and flexible, or free gunnery (applies obviously to air gunners only). Hope I am on the right track here - don't want to be spreading any duff gen! There should have been an AP (or CAP for RCAF) on gunnery training, although I think there were separate ones for fixed and flexible versions. These abbreviations should appear in such publications as a matter of course.
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    Many thanks David, I got the point and makes a sense to me! Moreover those two flights are between two others when a training bombing has been done on Harvard.
    Yes you are right, I have been asking some similar codes for Air Gunners firing practice a while ago here!

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    Hello everyone

    On this thread:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...914#post137914

    I posted the details from two Accident Cards, and the one for FL827 under "Blame and Discip. Action" has "Pilot LGC" - what might this stand for?

    Many thanks,

    Regards

    Simon

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    Not sure about the 'LGC' Simon - but if it was

    F/O Ralph VART (185935), R.A.F.V.R., 258 Sqn

    It looks like he was awarded the DFC in late 1945 - still flying P47's

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../4858/data.pdf

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    Yes, that's him. He had flown the Hurricane II with 258 before converting to the Thunderbolt.

    I understand from his son that he got a right proper telling off for causing the loss of two Thunderbolts, but wondered what L.G.C. actually meant.

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    What was his background Simon ?Wartime or pre war RAF ?

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    Baz

    He was wartime I believe.

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    Yes I think he was - his obit said in the RAF from 1941 - I only asked in case it was relevant to a suggestion about 'LGC' but if he was wartime then it would not be a possibility.

    rgds baz

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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask fpr help with an abbreviation ACP which I am not able to decipher meaningfully.

    The abbreviation I have found in a report about flying accident where the officer in charge of night flying stated:
    "I at once told the A.C.P. to light the flare path."

    From the meaning I suppose it would be someone responsible for the flare path operation but what is the exact meaning?

    TIA

    Pavel
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