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Postby campbrd1 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:13 pm

My grand Uncle James Dollard Theriault serial number R250082 was assigned to duty at Farnborough August 9 to August 15, 1942. He was an RCAF radio mechanic working on radar.
Farnborough was home to No. 1426 (Enemy Aircraft) Flight RAF, nicknamed "the Rafwaffe", was a Royal Air Force flight formed during the Second World War to evaluate captured enemy aircraft and demonstrate their characteristics to other Allied units. Several aircraft on charge with the RAE Farnborough section were also used by this unit. The RAE facilities at Farnborough were utilized for the flight testing of German and Italian aircraft during the war.

Many crash-landed airframes were brought to Farnborough for examination, testing and cannibalization of spare parts to keep other airframes in serviceable condition. The main flight testing work was carried out by the Aerodynamics Flight of the Experimental Flying Department and the Wireless & Electrical Flight (W&EF), the latter responsible for evaluation and examination of radar-equipped aircraft later in the war.

Due to the short duration of his stay here my grand uncle was probably here for some purpose to either repair or install or help document circuitry and components of any captured radar sets.

Would anyone else have any stories from relatives who were with W&EF be aware of any enemy aircraft crash landed before the 9th of August 1942 with its radar intact and was involved in its evaluation?
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