Bridlington, Lindholme and Sandtoft



Bridlington, Lindholme and Sandtoft


Describes training at Bridlington, Lindholme and Sandtoft including navigation, Morse code, wireless and radio, basic piloting and gunnery as well as physical training. Mentions move to Bridgnorth. Finally to Pembrey for training on aircraft, moving targets, wireless, radio and radar. Also did clay pigeon shooting. Numbered '2-2'.





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[Bridlington, Lindholme and Sandtoft]
The next move was to Bridlington for training in navigation, morse code, wireless
and radio, bomb aiming, basic piloting and gunnery, intensive physical training (10
mile run before breakfast, shuttle runs, obstacle courses, dinghy drill, swimming in
full flying gear), an hour in the gym etc. I also sparred in the boxing ring and
sprinted. Somehow, I found time for girls, dances, pubs and visiting local farms
where I bought eggs, bacon, etc. we continued Physical Training at every station
but by self-discipline.
Next came Lindholme and Sandtoft for more of the same but more intense. A few
of us were lucky enough to get on some of the training flights. By this time the
squads were thinning out as we lost those unable to keep up.
Another move saw us at Bridgnorth, where, in addition to all other training, we
had square bashing. The final SB I had to endure for the rest of my service thank
goodness. From Bridgnorth we moved to Pembrey where we started to train in the
aircraft, moving targets, wireless, radio, radar etc. On this station I was beaten for
the first and only time at clay pigeon shooting by John Moore who later became my
mid upper gunner. He was quite hopeless at hitting a moving target and asked me
how I did it. We went out to the range and I showed him how I targeted. He did
the same and beat me at the next competition. He also became very good with
targets in the air and this was the reason I asked for him for the crew. He didn't
beat me again and remained the only one ever to do so.



P Potter, “Bridlington, Lindholme and Sandtoft,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 3, 2024,

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