Derek Martin

His work was training aircrews to work together and to practise navigation and sorties over the Atlantic where they would be employed on anti-submarine work.

“The most interesting work was probably training crews to operate the new navigation system ‘Gee.’ We were the first Coastal Command training unit to have the equipment (which has been in use in Bomber Command) and it was a highly secret affair. The navigation training rooms were always locked and no mention could be made of the system.”

 It wasn’t only British crews who were trained at Silloth. Another function of the OTU was to acclimatise aircrews who had learned to fly in the wide open spaces of the USA and Canada, to the misty, crowded scenery in Europe.

Extracted from RAF Silloth – Wartime memories of the men and women who knew the airfield at Silloth when it was operational. Ed. Maggie Clowes. Retyped by Chris Graham.



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