I am having a spot of bother trying to find the designation of AFU. This was a training unit of some sort. While posted to this unit, 9 (0) AFU, Gerald completed many navigational training flights.
These exercises were for the training of Pilots,
Navigators and Radio Operators. They had the form of: Take Off, fly to point A then point B etc., arrive at destination and receive orders and directions for return to base. Others were Take Off, fly to Beacon A and get further instructions. These instructions
could take the aircraft all over Wales and England.
Gerald told me that on a few occasion’s at a briefing , they were told to take off at, say 1900 hours, and fly to Beacon A. As they left the briefing, the pilots were handed a sealed envelope
and were not to open it until they arrived at Beacon A. These envelopes held orders detailing what happens next. These flights took an aircraft to a designated place in either France or Germany where they were to pick up or drop off a package or passenger.
These flights were generally at night. The Navigators used no maps, just instructions from the sealed envelopes. There were only code names and numbers indicating Height, Direction, Speed and instructions for where to land. Interesting, but scary stuff.
According to Gerry these trips carried some very shady looking passengers whose choice of dress consisted of a Trench coat, Hat, dark glasses and a brief case. The scary part of the trip was not knowing where you were going. However, back at Base you could
work out where you had been by comparing your notes or memory with available maps of the day.
The last entry in Geralds Flight log was: