No. 8 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF

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Brief History

Royal Air Force Operational Training Units (OTU) were training units that prepared aircrew for operations on a particular type or types of aircraft or roles. No. 8 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit was formed on 18 May 1942 at RAF Fraserburgh by merging the Photographic Reconnaissance Conversion Flight of No. 3 School of General Reconnaissance from RAF Squires Gate and "K" (Photographic Reconnaissance Advanced Training) Flight of No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at RAF Detling.

It trained aircrew on a wide range of photo-reconnaissance aircraft including the Supermarine Spitfire and the De Havilland Mosquito. In 1947 following the cessation of the war it was disbanded to become No. 237 Operational Conversion Unit RAF.



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