9 (P)AFU course 11 EFTS Perth (Scone), 1943

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9 (P)AFU course 11 EFTS Perth (Scone), 1943

Postby Ian Grace » Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:14 pm

I have had considerable success researching N-5490's first operational unit - 20 ERFTS at Gravesend in Kent, but N-5490 spent most of the war years at Perth in Scotland as part of 11 EFTS. N-5490 arrived there on 28th December 1949 after repairs following an accident at Hockley Heath earlier in the year. She remained there until 16th August 1946. Around 180 Tigers passed through 11 EFTS, but finding photos of any of them has so far drawn a complete blank.

However, ongoing research is beginning to uncover some details of the School's operations. One function of 11 EFTS was to provide local navigation and weather familiarization for pilots trained across the Empire. Courses were designed to acquaint RAF aircrew trained across the Empire how to cope with and understand the British weather and the very different navigation requirements needed when flying both in the UK and over Europe. These courses were known and Pre-Advanced Flying Unit courses or (P)AFU. No. 9 (P)AFU course ran from 26th February 1943 to 26th March 1943 and the photo below shows the course students. From their brevets we can tell that they were a mix of pilots, navigators and observers. Notice the flying boots of the two Sergeant pilots on the left.

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This photo were found on John Proctor's blog at http://jcproctor.blogspot.com/2015/03/ww2-raf-crossing-paths-familiar-names.html Of the students in the photo, the following details are given:
Very many thanks to cousins Mike & Leslie for this photo dating from the end of March 1943 – of No9 Pre-AFU Course, 11EFTS, RAF Perth (Scone) which has the priceless annotation of names on the reverse. Leslie & Mike's uncle, Roy Gallop is the primary subject of interest - second from right, third row back. Gallop was skipper of 625 Squadron Lancaster JB122, another casualty of the 30th January 1944 Berlin raid, his rear gunner was W/O Davey Johnson DFC, late of Jimmie Ives' crew.

Fourth from left, back row is F/Sgt Frank Wadge who would in February 1944 receive an immediate DFM award after a collision with a German night-fighter severely damaged his 100 Squadron Lancaster ED749. His aircraft lost a large chunk of wing, suffered major damage to propellers, fuselage and control surfaces, but F/Sgt Wadge brought his aircraft and crew home safely from the Stuttgart operation of 20th/21st February 1944. Very sadly on Wadge's next op - Schweinfurt 24th/ 25th February - he and the crew of ND593 were lost without trace over the North Sea.

Third from right, back row, Sgt (later P/O) Stanley W G Neighbour was a contemporary of Roy Fennell's at 166 Squadron, RAF Kirmington before being posted to 156 Squadron (8 Group, Pathfinders) in December 1943. P/O Neighbour died when ND454 was shot down, also on the Schweinfurt operation.

The clarity of the photograph (apart from a few blemishes on the print) really takes you to the moment it was taken, the expressions, new blousons, brevets and caps, collars up, proud and keen to get on with things.
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Re: 9 (P)AFU course 11 EFTS Perth (Scone), 1943

Postby Ian Grace » Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:17 pm

No fewer than 187 Tiger Moths passed through the hands of 11 EFTS Perth (Scone) during its existence. These were:

K4262, L6940, N5460, N5483, N5490, N6456, N6460, N6482, N6489, N6520, N6521, N6522, N6523, N6524, N6525, N6526, N6527, N6528, N6529, N6530, N6531, N6533, N6537, N6547, N6548, N6577, N6578, N6580, N6586, N6587, N6591, N6592, N6593, N6594, N6618, N6644, N6661, N6664, N6668, N6711, N6717, N6719, N6720, N6723, N6725, N6728, N6729, N6730, N6732, N6734, N6737, N6739, N6740, N6741, N6742, N6774, N6779, N6800, N6837, N6841, N6845, N6856, N6858, N6871, N9122, N9128, N9178, N9193, N9205, N9392, N9406, N9508, R4770, R4847, R4957, R5025, R5106, R5107, R5216, T5379, T5383, T5416, T5429, T5465, T5466, T5469, T5470, T5471, T5538, T5562, T5563, T5620, T5669, T5682, T5814, T5816, T5817, T5818, T5819, T5820, T5821, T5822, T5952, T5954, T5964, T5973, T6113, T6179, T6197, T6251, T6531, T6533, T6567, T6576, T6577, T6578, T6806, T6807, T6957, T6965, T6958, T6971, T6973, T6974, T6975, T6978, T6981, T7012, T7038, T7088, T7089, T7090, T7091, T7094, T7095, T7096, T7112, T7145, T7259, T7268, T7270, T7273, T7274, T7275, T7276, T7277, T7278, T7281, T7282, T7293, T7328, T7330, T7331, T7332, T7333, T7336, T7338, T7339, T7340, T7341, T7342, T7343, T7344, T7345, T7346, T7361, T7362, T7363, T7364, T7414, T7443, T7682, T7688, T7699, T7725, T7744, T7746, T7751, T7752, T7791, T7797, T7803, T7842, T7929, T8258, T8259, T8261.

Of these, N5490 was the fifth oldest.
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