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    My father's service records indicate that he was posted to 11 SFTS (under training) 5/07/1941. The only reference I can find to this Service Flying Training School shows it as being in Canada. Would this have been correct for a 51 Group Pool RAFVR pilot in training? There until 21/10/41 when he was posted to 23 OTU.

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    From Sturtivant RAF Flying Training and Support Units Since 1912 (AB 2007)
    p137: (by text-corrected OCR scan - ts errors may remain)

    "No.11 FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL
    (1) Formed 1.10.35 in No.23 Group at WITTERING with Harts, Furies and Audaxes, and later Ansons and Oxfords (armament training detts at Catfoss 5.4.36 - 2.5.36; North Coates
    Fitties 24.7.36 - 15.8.36 & 19.4.37 - 14.5.37; Sutton Bridge 30.11.46 - 22.12.36); 16.5.38 SHAWBURY;

    3.9.39 became No. 11 Service Flying Training School with 31 Hart, 44 Oxford (armament training detts at Penrhos 9-23.10.39, 33-18.11.39,10.2.40 - 4.3.40 & 5.40 - 6.40);
    5.40 establishment 45 Hart Trainer, 40 Hart/Audax, 63 Oxford, 13 Battle (T); 5.6.40 to No.21 Group;

    6.40 became a Group II (twin-engined) school and dropped single-engine training role with establishment 108 Oxford
    (RLGs at Bridleway Gate 29.9.40 - 1.4.42, Bratton 11.40 - 1.4.42; also used Lindholme 22.2.41 - 4.41 , Wheaton Aston 15.12.41 - 1.4.42 , Perton 1.42 - 14.3.42 , Chipping Norton 14.2.41 - 22.2.41 , Llandwrog 12.6.41 - 30.7.41 , Childs Ercall/Peplow 8.41 - 2.10.41, Cranage 19.9.41 - 10.41, Fulbeck 9.41 - 10.41 , Wellingore 9.41 - 11.10.41 , Ingham 10.41; 2 flights to College SFS Cranwell 15-25.10.41);

    Redesignated No .11 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit 14.3.42.

    Aircraft: Hart (K4964 7); Wallace II (K8697); Hind (7221); Oxford (L4587 K); Audax (K4405 2); Anson I (K8703); Gauntlet (K5329); Tutor (K3473); Fury (K5679 3); Battle (P6620).
    Support aircraft: Don (L2421); Moth (X5017); Spitfire II (P7627)
    (2) [...]"

    RCAF 11 SFTS at Yorkton Saskatchewan was a part of the BACTP in Canada, where local EFTS and SFTS were under RCAF admin and thus separate from the RAF 11 SFTS, detailed above.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 13th November 2023 at 00:31.
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    Thanks - that explains a lot. Dad spent 10 years in Canada earlier and, whilst he often spoke of Canada never mentioned that he had returned for flying training, so I was suspicious of the fact that Google only presented me with the RCAF school.

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    Hi Rick,
    Yes it was common place for both UK and Commonwealth pilots in training gained their wings at a number of SFTS all over Canada. My uncle’s pilot trained and gained his wings on Course 58, 4 SFTS in Saskatoon.
    Cheers,
    John.

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