Ladies and Gents.
The Yeovilton thread is turning into a good information topic and I have learnt a few things.
Over and above all the valid and relevant information already given from which I have learnt quite a lot is the fact that British Pilots from both RAF and RN (FAA) were trained abroad in Canada and the USA under the lend lease act.
“The passage of the Lend Lease Act Act 1941” allowed British Pilots to be trained for free abroad in return for rights to free bases in the UK.A right which still holds today.
Some of the bases used in the US. for training were.....
Terrell Texas. Lancaster California.Mesa Arizona.Clewiston Florida.Ponca City Oklahoma. and Sweetwater Texas to name but a few.(The above I have found on the internet,I don’t claim to know all that by heart)
Also HMS Victorious one of our carriers (and my favourite) was lent in return for a while in 1943 to the US Navy Pacific fleet to help fill an aircraft carrier shortage.She was unofficially renamed USS Robin.
Good old Lend Lease.
We couldn’t have managed without it,or could we?