No. 5 School of Technical Training RAAF

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Brief History

It appears that the No. 5 School of Technical Training was formed at Pearce sometime before 31 Jul 1940, as on that date a detachment from Pearce took over from the Commonwealth Works Department, a site in Mounts Bay Road. Then on 1 Aug 1940 the first 76 trainees attended the Technical School, which was administered by No. 5 Embarkation Depot staff. Officers from the School also acted in the embarkation depot and undertook escort duties for drafts posted overseas.

In November 1941, courses undertaken at the School were of 16 weeks duration, with only two courses being run at any one time. Training was provided by civilian teachers from the Perth Technical College. On 23 July 1944, a party of WAAAFs were given flight experience in a No. 35 Squadron aircraft. This activity was repeated for the female members of the School on later dates. On 23 August 1945, all basic trainee fitter courses ceased, and the un1t was disbanded on 27 Sep 1945.

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

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