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No12 (Operational) Flying Instructors School St. Angelo
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St. Angelo became a military airfield in April 1941.
 
St. Angelo had poor drainage and boggy conditions, grass landing strips could not be used and solid runways had to be built.
 
In August 1943, Coastal Command took over the station. It than became a satellite of the Catalina and Sunderland flying boat base at Killadeas.
 
On 1st May 1944 the RAF opened No12 (Operational) Flying Instructors School with the sole purpose of training ex operational pilots as instructors who would then go on to instruct basic trainee pilots .
 
They started with Wellingtons, Beaufighters and Mosquitos but it was quickly decided that they would include instructors on Sunderlands and Catalinas who would do their training out of Killadeas.
 
My grandfather, F.G."Jerry"Fellows was assigned to St. Angelo on October 28, 1944 until November 29, 1944.
 
While at St. Angelo, my grandfather flew the Beaufort and the Wellington.
 
When WW2 ended, the airfield became a maintenance base and it was disbanded in Feb 1947.
 
 

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My grandfather F.G. "Jerry" Fellows seated front row 1st on left.


 
Special thanks to:
 
 James Stewart     N.Ireland 
Joe O'Loughlin     N.Ireland
    Breege Mc Cusker  N.Ireland 
John Newall         Canada
                               Richard Lebek  Canada ( crew member U-672)
Norman Lebek   Canada
 Roland Berr      Germany
                                Harry Lorkin   U.K. (RAF 226 Squadron)          
     John Rogers          UK            
                                    N.Jack Logan       Canada   (RCAF 422 Squadron)
              Les and Maureen Ingram  Scotland
   Bill Barber            Canada    
  Robert Walsh        N.Ireland  
                         Capt. Jerry Mason USN (ret.)  Canada         
             Blake Wimperis      Canada              
                                   Robert Quirk     Canada                                          
                                    Norm Muffitt          Canada                                      
                         Lt/Col S. Beaton     Canada  (Camp Borden)
       Stephanie Pinder     USA            
    Alec (Johnny) Johnston    N.Z.
                 Stephen Kerr           N.Ireland             
                                   Reg Firby               Canada (RCAF 423 Squadron)
         Maurice Duffill         Australia     
                   John Hartshorn              UK                     
                                  Don Macfie      Canada ( RCAF 422/423 Squadron)
                               Frank Cauley   Canada  ( RCAF 422 Squadron)
                                Harold O'Brien  Canada  ( RCAF 423 Squadron)
                                   James Newall          UK        ( RAF 423 Squadron)
      Ian Meadows                    UK
                     Bill Baker                 Canada               
John Taylor      Canada
            Gordon Burke              Canada
          Carol Whittle                    U.K.

Last Update on Dec 07 , 2010