No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School RAAF

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1943 photo of the base

Brief History

No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School was raised near Temora, New South Wales, on 1 May 1941 with training conducted on De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth aircraft. By 30 September the unit had 129 airmen under training. Staff at that time totalled 37 officers and 372 airmaen, peaking in May/June 1943 with 342 pupils training. Peak aircraft availabilty occured in August 1944 - 97 Tiger Moths.

During March 1942, with the closure o£ No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School at Lowood, the staff increased by a further 71, and 23 further Tiger Moth aircraft. Additional staff arrived following the disbandment of No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School at Mascot on 18 April 1942. The base also provided training forAir Training Corps members and had on staff a sizeable contingent of WAAAF personnel, who were accommodated in a hostel in Temora. In August 1944 the British Air Min1stry requested that the flow of RAAF aircrew overseas cease and the number of trainees were reduced to meet Australian-only requirements. The flight training course underway in May 1945 ceased and members of the course were posted for ground training. Elementary flymg training had ceased and a holding pool was formed.

Up to May 1945, a total of 2,527 students had undergone the full elementary flight training course and in August all the units aicraft were to be prepared for storage, and on 1 Mar 1946 some of the staff formed Care and Maintenance Unit, Temora. The Department of Civil Aviation accepted responsibility for the unit and the maintenance of Temoa aerodrome from 31 Jul 1946 with the Care and Maintenance unit was disbanded on 30 Jun 1947.

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Content has come from Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History - Volume 8 Training Units - Australian Government Publishing Service - 1995

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