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No 1 Air Observers Navigation School - Personnel and units


Personnel Movements: Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
The unit ORB prior to 1 Dec 1940 were destroyed in a fire
Sgt Rudd  3 Dec 1940 Observer, arrived on posting for Instructors' course
Plt Off Richardson  4 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt Pettitt  4 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Fry 11 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Macdonald 11 Dec 1940 Proceeded to RAF Wilmslow, pending posting to South Africa
Flt Lt Crowder 11 Dec 1940 Posted to HQ Fighter Command
Fg Off Gardiner 11 Dec 1940 Proceeded to RAF Wilmslow, pending posting to South Africa
Fg Off Giles 11 Dec 1940 Proceeded to RAF Wilmslow, pending posting to South Africa
Sgt Wallace 11 Dec 1940 Proceeded to RAF Wilmslow, pending posting to South Africa
Plt Off Sweeting  18 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Richardson 18 Dec 1940 Departed on posting
Plt Off Short 18 Dec 1940 Departed on posting
Sgt Plt Sorby 20 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting

Source - RAF Prestwick ORB (AIR 28/653)

Organisational Movements: Aug 1938 - Dec 1940

Date Notes
The unit ORB prior to 1 Dec 1940 were destroyed in a fire
15 Aug 1938 Formed as No 1 Civil Air Navigation School
 1 Nov 1939 No 1 CANS was redesignated No 1 Air Observer Navigation School, under the control of No 51 Group
14 Dec 1940 Course 'F' 4 posted as follows: -
  •  2 to No 5 BGS
  • 16 to No 9 BGS
  • 10 to No 10 BGS
15 Dec 1940 58 x u/t Observers arrived from No 1 Receiving Wing for 'F' 5 Course, plus one from 'A' 5 and one from 'B' 4 courses
16 Dec 1940 Course 'F' 5 commenced training under new syllabus
21 Dec 1940 Course 'B' 4 posted as follows, wef 28 Dec 1940: -
  • 20 to No 4 BGS
  •  5 to No 5 BGS
  •  4 to No 9 BGS
  • 25 to No 10 BGS
21 Dec 1940 Course 'B' 5 arrived  comprising 50 from No 1 RW and 10 from No 6 ITW

Source - RAF Prestwick ORB (AIR 28/653) and RAF Flying training and Support Units - Air Britain

This page was last updated on 07/06/22

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