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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillipevn View Post
    Hello Babs. Unfortunately the RATG did not have Spitfires in Rhodesia. They only had Harvards and Tiger Moths, therefore your father must have trained on Spitfires in the UK or in another commonwealth country.
    I wonder if Babs' father went back to Cranborne after the war.
    This history of RATG says they did have them later.

    https://zimfieldguide.com/harare/rhod...mmonwealth-war

    Cranborne

    Originally a flying school known as Hillside, but renamed Cranborne in 1939 and located 5 kilometres from the city centre. A SFTS was opened here in July 1940, as part of the RATG. From 28 November 1947 it acted as the main SRAF air base and included the Spitfire squadrons. The rapid post-war expansion of the city of Harare forced its closure in 1952, when New Sarum airbase opened. The area is now residential with Cranborne Barracks occupying part of the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StintonLomas View Post
    I wonder if Babs' father went back to Cranborne after the war.
    This history of RATG says they did have them later.

    https://zimfieldguide.com/harare/rhod...mmonwealth-war
    If you read through the document the RATG never had Spitfires in Southern Rhodesia. They did how ever have a few Hurricanes towards the end of 1944. There is no info as to which RATG airfield these were flying from.
    The Spitfires that came to Southern Rhodesia were ex RAF Spitfire F.22's and these were delivered to the Southern Rhodesian Air Force after the RAF had closed some of its RATG facilities down including RAF Cranborne. RAF Belvedere and RAF Cranborne shut down on the following dates 16 November 19457 and September 1945.
    The SRAF took over RAF Cranborne and flew the Spitfires from there until such time as New Sarum opened.

    Here is a listing of all aircraft types used by the RATG & RAF in SR until the RAF left:

    During WW2:
    Training aircraft
    Airspeed Oxford
    North American Harvard
    Tiger Moth
    Avro Anson
    Fairey Battle
    Fairchild Cornell
    Hurricane

    After WW2:
    North American Harvard
    Tiger Moth
    Avro Anson
    DeHavilland Chipmunk

    The Spitfire F.22's arrived in Southern Rhodesia in 1951 after RAF Cranborne had been shutdown and handed to the Rhodesian Air Force.

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    My father was at Cranborne in the early 40s he too would have loved to have returned there. I have lots of photos of his time there and would be happy to get them to you. You can email me if you like jmstockerat austindotrrdotcom

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabsW17 View Post
    Hi There. My father trained to fly Spitfires in Rhodesia - not sure of the dates but prob 1942. He used to play tennis with the family of local people and was well known for playing the piano. His name is/was Granville Hewitt. He loved Rhodesia and would have returned had he not broken both his legs while test driving a motorbike one morning after he returned from reconnaissance over Suez/Med while based in Egypt.
    My biggest regret is that I never talked to him about his time in the RAF.
    Would love to hear from anyone who may have had photos of people out there during this time.

    Babs
    Posted in the wrong place before as I was on my phone. I have a lot of photos of Cranborne with a big group photo of the men who were there. Not sure if that is where your father was per the discussion about Spitfires If you email me I can send them to you.jmstockerataustindotrrdotcom. Jenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenjen View Post
    My father was at Cranborne in the early 40s he too would have loved to have returned there. I have lots of photos of his time there and would be happy to get them to you. You can email me if you like jmstockerat austindotrrdotcom
    Hi Jenjen.
    Would love copies of any photos from the RATG. Watch for an email from avrovatskydotcom

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    Hi! I know this is 10 years later but haven't seen much re the 237 squadron. My father-in-law was a rigger in the squadron - am busy typing out his diaries now.

    He was Herbert (Bertie) Lennox
    Last edited by mavelen; 23-10-2019 at 8:47 AM. Reason: extra info

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavelen View Post
    Hi! I know this is 10 years later but haven't seen much re the 237 squadron. My father-in-law was a rigger in the squadron - am busy typing out his diaries now.

    He was Herbert (Bertie) Lennox
    Hi mavelen. Would it be possible to obtain a copy of your father-in-laws diary once you've typed it out. I know someone who is busy doing the history of 237 (Rhodesia) Sqn from its inception to its disbandment. I will ask him if he has any info on Herbert (Bertie) Lennox and if he has I will obtain a copy of it and post it for you. Regards Phillipevn

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    Hi Phillipevn. Thanks for your quick response. It seems the family would prefer not to share the diary as it is quite personal in places. However I would be very grateful to have any info you could provide! Many thanks! Regards mavelen

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