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Gaining An R.A.F Pilots Brevet In WW II

Old 18th Dec 2017, 17:09
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Danny - see my post and Roving's above


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Old 18th Dec 2017, 17:26
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Wander00 forgive the suggestion, but I wondered whether you had ever considered an Open University Degree course. Sunny days sat in a deck chair in the Vendee with an open book on some interesting academic subject and a glass of the local wine in hand, could be very pleasant.
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Old 18th Dec 2017, 21:38
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Wander00 (#11663),

Thanks. - PN for Spitfire II on order from Book Depository (aka Amazon) !

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Old 19th Dec 2017, 12:02
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Danny - hence the "tributary of a S American river" comment


Roving - good idea, but tried OU many years ago and found it patronising and not very challenging so took Chartered Management Accountant's course instead. Might go back to a degree or diploma course though. Have done some massive on line open courses, including RAF in the Cold War - run by RAF Museum and Goldsmiths. We will see in the New Year
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 12:22
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My younger brother was/is a chartered management accountant in the defence industry. For many years he worked for a company in Cheltenham but then created his own consultancy which had essentially one client -- HMG. He focused on high value single supplier contracts.** Some of the work he was involved in was so interesting he could not even take a mobile phone on site.

** An example being lets say a US stealth fighter. He would fine tooth comb every line of the contract and then visit the manufacturers and check the facts.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 14:39
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Roving - did your sibling train with the Army at Worthy Down. I was there 87-91, on and off
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 16:25
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Wander00 he qualified in the early 1970's with a civilian company. Whether he worked at the place you refer I do not know for the simple reason that much of his work was covered by the official secrets act, so I made a point of not asking him.
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Old 22nd Dec 2017, 20:57
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Super Stuff!! and I am only at page 107! This exciting thread is better than any book and more personal. It will take me quite a while to read through the fantastic experiencies endured by the likes of cliffnemo, regle RIP, et al, and all the other brave men who gave their all. God bless you all. TG. Eh! am I in the right section here?
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Old 23rd Dec 2017, 09:53
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Oh yes Tytoeng, you're in the right section! Welcome to our virtual crewroom where we all share your admiration for those who gave so much for future generations. On the subject of pilot's notes I too have been looking back and Reg Levy's succinct opinion of Lancaster, Halifax and Mosquito can be found in his post #1674 on page 84. I seem to recall that Reg did a tour on Mosquitos but chose Halifaxes for his second on the grounds that post-war airlines would need four-engine qualifications. And just what a career it turned out to be. It's all in preceding pages ...

And may I just wish everyone a Happy Christmas and hopefully a few more New Years.

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Old 23rd Dec 2017, 13:07
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I seem to remember that Reg wanted something that dropped more and bigger bombs... hence the transfer to the Halifax. This thread continues to be one of the most fascinating and informative anywhere on the web; it is a privilege to be able to interact with the more senior members of our aetherial crewroom....
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Old 23rd Dec 2017, 16:36
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One last bit of friendly advice. Ask these questions now ! Regle
As Reg Levy wrote in his #1633 in March 2010. Thankfully many of us did and continue to do so from the few that still survive from those dark days of 70+ years ago. As Molemot says, it is our great privilege.
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Old 24th Dec 2017, 12:27
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TYTOENG232 (#11670),

First, welcome aboard, pull your chair up nearer the stove, give it a poke !. You've only got as far as p.107 ? (I put my first tremulous toe in the water in p.114). Now let's have your tale ASAP !

"regle" (Captain Reg Levy DFC, of Sabena - RIP) wrote a wonderful story here. Post mortem his family collated his Posts and published them as a book: "Night Flak and Hi-Jack" (I think) - I bought the kindle version - and, at the same time (quite understandedly, to protect sales) had taken down from here the Posts of his most famous exploit, the outwitting of the high-jackers of his Sabena 707 at Tel Aviv. This was doubly noteworthy in that two members of the israeli SAS crew who stormed the aircraft later became Prime Ministers of Israel (could we have some Prime Ministers like that, please ?)

Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year to you and yours !

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Old 24th Dec 2017, 12:30
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Happy Christmas

and

A healthy New Year to Danny and all forumites
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Old 24th Dec 2017, 12:53
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Indeed MH, and may I second Danny's greetings to TYTOENG232, indeed to all who frequent this virtual crewroom. Whatever nationality, race, or creed, we are bound together all by our love for, and experience of, aviation.

May we all look forward to a Happy and More Peaceful New Year; for those who frequent this Forum, and in particular this thread, know full well that though some may indeed have "a Good War" there is nothing good about war. The best way to avoid it is to "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" rather than the other way around!

A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!
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Old 24th Dec 2017, 14:03
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Wise words, thank you.

May I also echo the above posts and send warmest greetings to all who frequent this thread.

Keep stoking, Danny! HM I'm sure will be keeping your Telegram in a safe place!
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Season's Greetings to the denizens of the cyber crew-room!

My New Year's Resolution is wash the cyber coffee mugs more often
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After a couple of years I felt I could wheel this one out of the hangar again ...

By the way, if anyone wants a long Christmas read, drop me a PM with your email address and I shall send you the memoirs of Fairey Battle pilot Sqn Ldr Rupert Parkhouse, serialised in this thread early this year. The memoirs are transcribed from a three-hour tape he made for the IWM a decade ago and describe his training at Cranwell, his arrival to the decimated 12 Sqn in France, being shot down on his second sortie, his life as prisoner, and flying a Sunderland on the Berlin Airlift.
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Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year
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Do Squadrons still produce Christmas cards?
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Seasons Greetings to all who visit this magnificent thread with its unique contributions from the last of the WW2 participants. Contributor or Lurker, enjoy the season - Good Will to all!

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