Where did Theo Griffiths got his advanced training?
In the U.S.
On April 24th, 1942, Theodore Griffiths received his diploma at Craig Field, Alabama.
This is a picture of the airfield in 1945 that I found on the Internet.
RAF training in the U.S.?
By Jove… There is the proof.
So LAC (Leading Aircraftman) Theodore Griffiths got his wings there.
From reliable Wikipedia…
World War II
With the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 training was accelerated to speed the flow of pilots into combat.
In total Craig Field graduated more than 9,000 pilots before the end of the war. Craig Field also saw a number of British Royal Air Force cadets through their training. By 1943, 1,392 RAF cadets had earned their wings at Craig Field. In addition, French and Dutch pilots were trained at Craig Field.
What happened later only Rich knows since he has all of Theo’s memories stashed away in his logbook. Rich started sharing first with Peter Smith and now he is sharing it all with me on this blog.
My father-in-law is Theodore Griffiths DFC. He was a Mosquito pilot with 23 Squadron and his navigator was a Rick Maude. Any memories copies of photographs would be much appreciated. Theo suffers from Alzeimers and vascular dementia but is still able to recall his time with the squadron.
Here is another precious artefact. Theo first mission over Rennes in France on April 16/17.
It has to be in 1943 with what we know about Theo’s training days in Alabama.
Another photo where Theo is a young man.
Theo is now 92 and he lost most of his memory, but Rich told me Theo can still recall something about WWII.