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No 14 Operational Training Unit emblem (unofficial) October 1944 submitted to the College of Arms

No 14 Operational Training Unit emblem (unofficial) October 1944 submitted to the College of Arms

14 Operational Training Unit, RAF Cottesmore was one of 17 such units located about the Midlands. With few exceptions, all air crew trainees took a three months course of training with an O.T.U. before joining an operational squadron.  The training at an O.T.U. was like a post-graduate course as on arrival at the O.T.U. the airman would be wearing their appropriate trade badges, the pilot wearing his full wings and the Observer, Air Gunners etc their half wings earned at Initial Training…

14 Operational Training Unit, RAF Cottesmore was one of 17 such units located about the Midlands. With few exceptions, all air crew trainees took a three months course of training with an O.T.U. before joining an operational squadron. The training at an O.T.U. was like a post-graduate course as on arrival at the O.T.U. the airman would be wearing their appropriate trade badges, the pilot wearing his full wings and the Observer, Air Gunners etc their half wings earned at Initial Training…

Back Them Up! Heavy "Sterling" bombers raid the Nazi Baltic port of Lubeck and leave the docks ablaze  Artist: Roy Nockolds

Back Them Up! Heavy "Sterling" bombers raid the Nazi Baltic port of Lubeck and leave the docks ablaze Artist: Roy Nockolds

Coming? Then hurry! Recruiting poster for the RAAF air crew. A pilot is depicted wearing flying suit, helmet, goggles and parachute, climbing into the cockpit of an aircraft. He smiles and gives the thumbs-up; excited by the sense of adventure. Another aircraft is depicted flying overhead. c 1940

Coming? Then hurry! Recruiting poster for the RAAF air crew. A pilot is depicted wearing flying suit, helmet, goggles and parachute, climbing into the cockpit of an aircraft. He smiles and gives the thumbs-up; excited by the sense of adventure. Another aircraft is depicted flying overhead. c 1940

No 14 Operational Training Unit formed at Cottesmore

No 14 Operational Training Unit formed at Cottesmore

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