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The Anson were also used from time to time for communications flights and aerial searches. One day 1 undertook a trip to Chivenor which at that time was a Fighter Command OCU, using Vampires. The route had been planned to avoid an air-to-air firing range over the Bristol Channel, and on the return journey we were happily thinking that we were well clear of any excitement when suddenly from nowhere a bright yellow Tempest shot across in front of us at the same height and abou 200 yards away, closely followed by a fluorescent green drogue, in turn closely followed by a Vampire banging away with red tracer.
45 am m the mess. 30 we began either lectures or took flying lessons. 00 pm, then had 0 dine-m every night, wearing stiff shirts and black ties except on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The flying training was in Mark II TIger Moths, painted a brilliant red. This Mark superseded the first design in 1934 by the late Captain (later Sir) Geoffrey de Havilland. It had a plywood fuselage instead of the earlier fabric cover. It was fitted with a 130 hp Gipsy Major engine driving a twin-bladed propeller made from wood, but with metal-clad leading edges.
I flew every variant of the Hart family - Audax, Osprey, Hind and Fury Mk I - and still think there was none better than the Hart. Was it the Rolls-Royce 12-cylinder Kestrel? Or was it that the variants had slightly different flying characteristics and parameters? Whatever it was, the smell of a Kestrel starting up will always be remembered. Wing Commander Robert Sage flew Harts whilst training at Montrose: My service training was on No 4 course at No 8 FTS Montrose, flying Harts and Audaxes, commencing in January 1937.