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RAF - No. 5 operational Training Unit
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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5 OTU - Training

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Originally formed as the No 12 Group Pool in Fighter Command on 15 March 1940 at Aston Down. Initially equipped with a few Gladiators and Blenheims, it was soon operating up to 40 Hurricanes, 24 Blenheims as well as Masters and Defiants. A few Spitfires were used between May and August 1940 and during the period (July) the OTU was transferred to No 10 Group. The unit was disbanded by being renamed No 55 OTU on 1 November 1940.

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Operations and losses 10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; those with fatal losses are.

05/06/1940: ?, UK. 1 Plane lost, 1 KIA
19/06/1940: ?, UK. 1 Plane lost

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05/06/1940: ?, UK

Bristol Blenheim
Serial number: L1232, -?
Operation: ?
Lost: 05/06/1940
Sergeant (Pilot) Thomas L. Armstrong, RAFVR 745102, age 22, 05/06/1940, Carnmoney Cemetery, UK
Blenheim L1232 of 5 OTU overshot Worcester landing ground at night and hit a house. The pilot was killed. (source: Military Crashes in the south Midlands - 1940)

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19/06/1940: ?, UK

Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Serial number: L1471, -?
Operation: ?
Lost: 19/06/1940
Crashed in forced landing Woolaston, Gloucestershire. No recorded deaths.

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Air of Authority - 5 OTU
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Australian War Memorial
Bail-outs for 1940
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Military crashes in the south Midlands, 1940
Prisoners of War captured in Europe 1940
Royal Air Force - 2 Squadron
RAF Battle of Britain - xx Squadron
RAF - Campaign Diary - The Battle of France (May-June 1940)
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
RAF Order of Battle, France, 10th May 1940
Royal Air Force History Section
The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account

The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, by Major L.F. Ellis, 1954

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Abbreviations used in the Royal Air Force
Air Aces
Airwar over Denmark
Allied World War II Casualties in the Netherlands
Armée de l'Air - Order of Battle, 10th May 1940
Australian Wargraves
Axis History Factbook
De Belgen in Engeland 1940-1945 (in Dutch)
Belgian Aviation History Association Archaeological Team
British Aircraft Directory
British Aviation Archaeological Council - Books and research links
Canada's Air Force History
HMS Cavalier
Ciel de Gloire (in French) RAF Squadrons
CWGC Cemeteries Germany
CWGC Cemeteries Netherlands
Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
Danish WW2 Pilots

Dutch Pilots in RAF Squadrons
Eagles Squadrons (American pilots in the RAF)
Foreign Aircraft Landings in Ireland 1939-1946
Håkans aviation page (from Sweden, in English)
'High flight', poem by John Gillespie Magee
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, poem by W.B. Yeats
Jagdgeschwader 27 (in German)
Luchtoorlog ('Arial War', in Dutch, with many photos)
Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
The National Ex-Prisoners of War Association
Nordic Aviation during WW2 aircraft of WW2
Polish Air Force 1940-1947 Operations Record Books
RAF Battle of Britain
RAF Upwood
De Slag om de Grebbeberg
Warbird Alley
War over Holland
World War II Aircraft wrecksites in Norway

Aircraft crashes on the North Yorkshire Moors, England
The Lancastershire Aircraft Investigation Team
Luftfahrt-Archäologie in Schleswig Holstein (in German)
North East Diary 1939-1945
Wartime Leicester and Leicestershire

The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War 1
WW1 Cemeteries

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