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Appendix ‘C’: Education Report for December, 1945:

Compiled Pilot Officer E.W. HARPER.

(i) Station reference and textbook library:

Number of volumes on charge: 500. Average issues for the month: 200.

(ii) Education classes held on the station:

* Subject - Leatherwork.

Instructor - Flight Sergeant MELIA and LACW RICHARDSON.

Length of course - not applicable.

Average attendances - 28 RAF and 21 WAAF.

* Subject - Ballroom Dancing.

Instructor - Sergeant SOLOMANS and LAC KEMBLE.

Length of course - Blank.

Average attendance - 45 RAF, 20 WAAF.

* Subject - Music Circle.

Instructor - Sergeant BAKER.

Length of course - not applicable.

Average attendance - 16 RAF, 4 WAAF.

* Subject - Play Reading.

Instructor - Sergeant BAKER.

Length of course - not applicable.

Average attendance - 11 RAF, 4 WAAF.

(iii) Courses at external instructions (LEA, Reg.,. etc.): 100 personnel attended classes at Bournemouth Municipal College.

(iv) Lectures (LEA, Reg.,.etc.): Blank.

(v) Correspondence courses:

Two RAF and no WAAF applications submitted for external institutes.

No RAF and no WAAF enrolments effected to external institutes.

(vi) Approximately 600 personnel have received educational help or advice.

(vii) Part-time teachers: Two other ranks (leatherwork and ballroom dancing).

(viii) Number of discussion group leaders: three officers and 12 other ranks.

(ix) One film was shown on Civics from No. 38 Group. Three films from CES or Entertainment GES were also shown.

(x) Remarks: Classes in the following subjects were well attended: leatherwork, woodwork, ballroom dancing, English, maths, French, German, history, geography and economics and civics.

The results of the War Education Certificate examination were published. Of eleven candidates, six were successful. Two of these are now studying for the Forces Preliminary Examination.

Attendences at EVT Resettlement Classes was about 60 per cent. Excellent attendance at the organised theatre trip to BOURNEMOUTH every Tuesday night. The EVT Section organised a quiz team of officers and other ranks which was invited to BLANDFORD Army Camp and beat the Army before a large audience.

Entertainments Report for December, 1945:

Compiled by Flight Lieutenant H.G. PRESCOTT.

Films shown during the month in the station cinema were:

December 2nd, 1945 - ‘The Man Who Came To Dinner’

December 3rd & 4th, 1945 - ‘The Thin Man Goes Home’

December 6th & 7th, 1945 - ‘Dough Girls’

December 8th & 9th, 1945 - ‘Mrs Parkington’

December 11th, 1945 - ‘A Place of One’s Own’

December 13th & 14th, 1945 - ‘Stagecoach’ and ‘Paradise Isle’

December 16th, 1945 - ‘G Men’

December 17th, 1945 - ‘Bathing Beauty’

December 20th & 21st, 1945 - ‘Naughty Nineties’

December 22nd & 23rd, 1945 - ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’

December 24th, 1945 - ‘To Have and To Have Not’

December 26th, 1945 - ‘Paris Honeymoon’

December 27th & 28th, 1945 - ‘Frisco Sall’

December 30th, 1945 - ‘Dark Tower’

December 31st, 1945 - ‘Hollywood Canteen’

Stage shows:

December 10th, 1945 - ENSA show.

December 18th, 1945 - An ENSA ‘Good Music’ party.

Dances:

December 5th, 12th, 19th and 25th December, 1945.

Glider Pilot Regiment Report for December, 1945:

Compiled by Lieutenant R.J. RINTOUL.

December 1st, 1945.

Fifteen crews returned from RAF FAIROAKS.

December 2nd, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report.

December 3rd, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report.

December 4th, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report.

December 5th, 1945.

Captain CORRIE and four NCOs inoculated v. yellow fever.

December 6th, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report. Hamilcar flying.

December 7th, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report. Hamilcar flying.

December 8th, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report. Hamilcar flying.

December 9th, 1945.

Detachment return from RAF GREAT DUNMOW.

December 10th, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report. Hamilcar flying.

December 11th, 1945.

Lieutenant GROVES and No. 1 Wing I/O (Intelligence Officer) returned from PALESTINE. Major DALE enplaned for FRANCE. Hamilcar flying.

December 12th, 1945.

Two Horsa crews were briefed for ferrying to PALESTINE. Seven Hamilcar crews were briefed for BORDEAUX, RENNES and ISTRES.

December 13th, 1945.

Crews standing by for 24 hours. Major DALE returned from FRANCE.

December 14th, 1945.

Crews stand by for 24 hours.

December 15th, 1945.

Crews stand by for 24 hours.

December 16th, 1945.

Crews stand by for 24 hours.

December 17th, 1945.

Crews stand by for 24 hours. Nine first pilots and 18 second pilots arrived from ‘N’ Squadron.

December 18th, 1945.

Crews stand by for 24 hours. No. 24 Flight visit BOAC at POOLE. Three TPRS (troopers) despatched for demobilisation.

December 19th, 1945.

Weather test for aircraft on continental trips.

December 20th, 1945.

No. 10 Flight visit BOAC Sunderlands at POOLE.

December 21st, 1945.

No. 24 Flight despatched on leave. All continental trips postponed 24 hours.

December 22nd, 1945.

Christmas stand-down. Ferry crews except those to BORDEAUX and RENNES stand-down until December 27th, 1945.

December 23rd, 1945.

Remainder of Hamilcar trips cancelled until December 27th, 1945.

December 24th, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report.

December 25th, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report.

December 26th, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report.

December 27th, 1945.

All squadron (except No. 24 Flight) returned from Christmas leave.

December 28th, 1945.

Continental trips again postponed. Remainder of No. 14 Flight on leave.

December 29th, 1945.

Continental trips again postponed.

December 30th, 1945.

Two Horsas and several Hamilcar crews enplane for the continent and MEF.

December 31st, 1945.

Nothing of interest to report.

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