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by PeteT
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: 'The Mess Inn'
Topic: The sad demise of the forums
Replies: 6
Views: 2718

The sad demise of the forums

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the last post that was added to this thread. When I started my research about five years ago, the forums were an excellent way of learning about new subjects or for supplementing information gained about aircraft losses, crews or airmen. Information was group...
by PeteT
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: Father
Replies: 2
Views: 590

Re: Father

Peter I would highly recommend that you apply for his service record, utilising the next of kin route so that you get maximum information https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records. This will provide you with information on all his postings, trade(s) and rank(s). Once you have this, you wi...
by PeteT
Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Looking for information on Stirling Aircraft and Crews
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Re: Looking for information on Stirling Aircraft and Crews

Susan The information I have suggests that your father was serving with No. 15 Squadron at the time of the loss. The Bomber Command Loss Card shows Stirling W7514 25th / 26th April 1942 [Rostock] The crew were: Conran, Bateman, East, Surridge, Lawson, Skinner, Stephen and Young (with Young shown as ...
by PeteT
Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: An ordinary crew website
Replies: 9
Views: 3032

Re: An ordinary crew website

Max I am looking forward to seeing the revamped version. I have had to lock my No. 35 Squadron website due to suspicious activity by someone in the Far East so I too am taking the opportunity to update it, with the the aim of relaunching it in the next couple of months (time permitting) Regards Pete
by PeteT
Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Early Flight Engineer Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1517

Re: Early Flight Engineer Training

I am just re-visiting this subject and have done more research into the early training programme. However, I am still short of information on when Fitter (FE) were introduced into the Stirling crews. No 35 Squadron (Halifax) had them as early as 1941 and 1940 documents suggest that they were to be i...
by PeteT
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: William Kenneth Wilson
Replies: 6
Views: 1100

Re: William Kenneth Wilson

Keith I would recommend that you follow Max's advice and obtain a copy of his service record. The rules for applying and the application forms can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records If you apply as next of kin you will get far more information. Go...
by PeteT
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: Early Flight Engineer Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1517

Re: Early Flight Engineer Training

Thanks Ian; every snippet of information helps. I have no knowledge regarding the Stirling squadrons, so I don't know how common the use of a qualified Fitter / Mechanic as a Flight Engineer was during 1940 / 1941 / 1942, nor whether training was purely "on the job" experience. I will keep digging a...
by PeteT
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: Early Flight Engineer Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1517

Re: Early Flight Engineer Training

Thanks Richard As you say, FE Training was formalised in 1942, with the first course at St Athan starting on 30th May. The length of the first few courses (which were for qualified Fitters) was reduced from six weeks to three / four weeks. I am sure that No. 35 Squadron was not the only squadron ope...
by PeteT
Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Early Flight Engineer Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1517

Early Flight Engineer Training

As part of my aircrew training research, I am in the process of researching early flight engineer training and I have extracted the following from information I have recorded on the RAFCommands Forum http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?19927-Flight-Engineer-training-WWII ----------------...
by PeteT
Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Bomb loads
Replies: 5
Views: 801

Re: Bomb loads

Just for completeness, my understanding (and I am no expert!) is that the AN-M series were American bombs used by the RAF. Examples of the ones used by the RAF were: AN-M64 (General Purpose, 500lb) AN-M65 (General Purpose, 1000lb) AN-M58 (Semi-Armour Piercing, 500lb) AN-M59 (Semi-Armour Piercing, 10...