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By Christopher Shores

This quantity updates the knowledge within the first quantity and provides a few new names. info has been further at the pilots who received good fortune opposed to the V-1 flying bombs in the course of 1944-45. aspect is usually supplied on these devices during which nearly the entire fighter pilots served at it slow or one other - the fighter Operational education devices - and of professional devices comparable to the imperative Gunnery institution, Fighter Leader's college and Fighter Experimental devices. there's additionally insurance of the one different conflicts within which British pilots were in a position to declare victories due to the fact 1945 - Korea and the Falklands clash.

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Training at the SPL followed either as a pilot or observer/navigator. Prior to commissioning, cadet officers (with nominal NCO ranks) were posted to first-line units for a period of operational training. Commissioning took place with considerable ceremony, usually on Polish Army Day — 15 August. Pilots were selected for the appropriate arm of the service (fighters, bombers or army cooperation) before commissioning. “Classes” at Deblin were numbered by the year of commissioning; thus the 1st Class was that of 1927, and the 8th Class that of 1934.

In February 1942 he was posted to the Middle East, where he later became a flight commander in 89 Squadron, flying Beaufighters at night. He was awarded a DFC on 7 March 1944, and was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Wg Cdr. R. Lieutenant SAAF No. 103758 Bennetts served in the Western Desert with 2 SAAF Squadron during summer 1942. He was posted to 601 Squadron later in the year to fly Spitfires during the advance from Alamein. On 17 March 1943 he was seen to attack Ju 87s in EP309, but broke away and was attacked and shot down by two Bf 109s.

OTHER UNITS The Operational Training Units Prior to the outbreak of war, pilots usually joined squadrons direct from Service Flying Training Units, where they had qualified as pilots, gaining their “Wings”. It was with the squadron that they gained their specific training as fighter pilots, a procedure which gave no particular problems in the more relaxed atmosphere of peacetime. As the RAF expanded, cadres were extracted from existing units to help form new squadrons, and the two Groups responsible for controlling fighters — Nos 11 and 12 — formed Pilot Pools to hold newly-trained pilots until they were allocated to specific units.

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