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Flight Sergeant H.J. Curtis

Volunteering for aircrew he followed the typical route in becoming a pilot at that time. After being kitted out View of Airspeed Oxford cockpit and inoculated at 1 Aircrew Reception Centre (ACRC) on joining the RAF he underwent initial training with 4 Initial Training Wing at Paignton. He was posted to 2 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) at RAF Hatfield for a couple of weeks and then posted to Canada, arriving at 36 EFTS, RCAF Neepawa in November 1943. He undertook his basic training in de Havilland Tiger Moths and moved on to Airspeed Oxfords at 36 Service Flying Training School, RCAF Edmonton in February 1944.

Extract from the flying log book of FS Curtis recording flights in an Airspeed Oxford, 1944

Newly qualified Pilots proudly wearing their Wings


Extract from the flying log book of FS Curtis recording flights in an Airspeed Oxford, 1944

Although he successfully graduated and obtained his Pilot’s Wings, FS Curtis served as a Flight Engineer with Transport Command until his demobilisation in 1946.