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RAAF Form A.50

No. 7 Service Flying Training School, RAAF - July 1941

5 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
DATE OF ARRIVAL OF FIRST AIRCRAFT: Two Wirraways flown by F/Lt SCOTT and F/O MONK (from Canberra)
12 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
STATE OF CONSTRUCTIONS OF STATION AT THIS DATE: Airmens Hutments and Ablutions practically completed. Canteen and attached Rec. Rooms completed. Station Headquarters nearly completed and now fully occupied by Personnel. Switch Board operating with about 12 Extensions. Barracks Store nearly completed and occupied. SGTS Mess and Sgts Living QRS. nearly completed but not yet occupied. Officers Mess. in early stage of construction. Transport Buildings about half completed.

OFFICERS ON STATION AND THEIR APPOINTMENTS:
W/C CAMPBELL C.O.
S/L WILLIAMS C.G.I.
F/Lt. LEGGATT S.A.O.
F/Lt. SCOTT C.F.I.
F/Lt. ROBERTSON B.O.
F/Lt. DICKSON E.O.
F/Lt GREEN A.O.
F/Lt BOND S.M.O.
P/O FARRAH S.ADJ
F/O MANUEL A.S.A.O.
P/O PRESCOTT M.O.
F/Lt WALKER Flying Instr.
F/Lt ALMAN Flying Instr.
F/O KERVILLE Flying Instru.
F/O BALL Flying Instr.
F/O PARSONS Flying Instr.
F/O FLETCHER Flying Instr.
F/O HILL Flying Instr.
F/O C.C.F. COOPER Flying Instr.
F/O K.W.W. COOPER Flying Instr.
F/O STURM Flying Instr.
F/O MENZIES Flying Instr.
F/O MARSHALL Flying Instr.
F/O BEATTIE Flying Instr.
P/O MILLS Admin. Duties
F/O LOCKWOOD Flying Instr.
F/O MONK Flying Instr.

STATE OF CONSTRUCTION CONTINUED:
Station Hospital- Well under way, should say about half completed
Nurses Quarters Nearing Completion
Trainees Hutments These hutments are all in advanced stages of construction
School of Instruction: Link Trainer Room completed, other buildings about half completed
Hangar Area: At this date hangar construction has not commenced. Filling and Coiling of hangar area is completed and all water connections erected. Flight offices are in the early stages of construction. Petrol tanks on perimeter tarmac are being installed.
Aerodrome: In splendid condition and ready for immediate operation
Machine Gun Range: Mound completed but as yet no housing
Main Gate Guard Room: This building is completed but not occupied.

NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT ON STATION: 16 Wirraways on Station at this date
AIRCRAFT: 17th Wirraway arrived piloted by F/O KERVILLE.
14 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
WEATHER: Very wet raining all day, conditions around camping area and buildings very sloppy. All works on buildings suspended.
ARRIVALS: 2 Sgts and 36 Airmen arrived.
QUARTERS OCCUPIED: Officers and Sgts occupied their own living quarters.
MESSING: Officers and Sgts had their first meal in Sergeant's Mess on this date (Dinner)
OFFICERS ARRIVALS: F/O Corley-BUTLER arrived from No. 2 S.F.T.S WAGGA, to take up duties as Adjutant I.T.S.
VISITING OFFICERS: S/Ldr. MARCHANT PARDREE visited the Station and departed MELBOURNE the following morning.
15 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
MOVEMENTS: S/Ldr. WILLIAMS C.G.I. and F/O MONK departed by air for No. 2 S.F.T.S. WAGGA
16 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
APPOINTMENTS: F/O R.L. MANUEL was appointed Officer I/C Sgts. Mess by the Commanding Officer.
MOVEMENTS: F/Lt WALKER, F/O's MENZIES, BALL, STURM, KERVILLE, MARSHALL, and Sgt NASH, departed via ECHUCA, and ALBURY for CANBERRA to collect 7 Aircraft.
OPENING AIR FORCE HOUSE, DENILIQUIN: Air Force House in DENILIQUIN was opened by the Mayor Cr. CALDWELL. 7 S.F.T.S. Station was represented by W/C. CAMPBELL, S/Ldr WILLIAMS, F/Lt. LEGGATT and F/Lt. ROBERTSON
MOVEMENTS: S/Ldr. WILLIAMS and F/O MONK returned by Air from No. 2 S.F.T.S WAGGA.
17 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
VISITING OFFICERS: F/Lt. SPAIN works department visited the Station
Sgts held their first mess meeting and elected a mess Committee. Officers in attendance were F/Lt. LEGGATT, F/Lt. GREEN and F/O MANUEL.
18 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
ARRIVAL OF AIRCRAFT: F/Lt. WALKER and six instructors arrived from CANBERRA in seven Wirraways. These machines are to be taken on Strength of Station
OFFICERS: P/O HARMAN arrived on Posting this Unit
TRANSPORT: Three ambulances arrived by road from 1 A.D. MELBOURNE.
20 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
VISIT OF A.O.C SOUTHERN AREA. Air Comadore Cole visited the Station by Air and departed same date.
ARRIVAL OF OFFICERS ON POSTING: F/O JOHNSON Ins. F/Lt. PETERS R.A.F. Navigation Officer reported for Duty
21 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
FLYING: Flying was commenced, enabling Flying Instructors to become familiar with surrounding country.
MOVEMENTS OFFICERS: F/Lt SCOTT departed for SYDNEY on sick Leave.
FIRE TENDER: In lieu of Station fire tender which will not arrive for some time an ambulance was equipped with the necessary fire fighting implements and stationed near Duty Pilot's Tower.
ARRIVAL OF OFFICERS: Pilot Officer LIGEHTWOOD and P/O McPHERSON arrived to take up duties as Flying Instructors.
WEATHER: Rain set in about Midday lasting all the afternoon, making conditions very sloppy again. Aerodrome quite serviceable.
22 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
AIRCRAFT: Aircraft on Station now No. 24. (Twenty four)
23 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
MOVEMENT OFFICERS: F/Lt. ALLMAN was discharged from hospital and departed by train for SYDNEY on Sick Leave. F/O JOHNSON departed by tender for WAGGA en route for SYDNEY to pick up Aircraft.
FIRST MEETING OFFICERS MESS: The first meeting of the officers mess was held in Sgts. Mess on this date. President W/C CAMPBELL, Sec. P/O MILLS, Committee F/Lt. LEGGATT and P/O PRESCOTT.
25 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
VISITING OFFICERS: AIR COMMADORE G. JONES visited the Station and departed same date (Travelling by Air)
26 July 1941 to 27 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
FIRST LONG WEEK-END STAND DOWN: The Station stand down periods are -- Saturday and Sunday one week, and Sunday the following week. The first of these periods commenced on the dates mentioned.
28 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
FLYING TRAINING INSTRUCTION: The first course of 50 Trainees arrived over the week-end and flying instruction commenced on this date.
TRANSPORT: Two tractors arrived on Station from FINLAY
ARRIVAL OF OFFICERS: F/Lt. McLOUD, F/O CROPLEY, P/O ALLAN P/O ROBEY.
29 July 1941 - DENILIQUIN
TRAINEES MESS: The trainees mess was opened on this date and Trainees had their dinner as first meal on this date.
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