Preserving the Past – RAF No. 5 I.T.W. Cadet pilots


This post was written in 2016, but I never published it. I was contacted by someone whose uncle was on a group photo. 


Exactly two years ago on August 29, 2016, Theo Griffiths passed away but Theo Griffiths will always be remembered on this blog as well as his navigator Rick Maude.

Theo and Ric montage

Theo’s son-in-law has been sharing everything he could find about his father-in-law and everything he sent has been shared on the blog. Richard sent me this 1941 photo of Theo and someone whose name was Green. The date is 12 August, 1941 and taken most probably in Toronto, Canada.


Theo and Green.jpg


Collection Theo Griffiths DFC

Hopkins, Sheppard, Cpl. Shuttleworth (P.T.I.), Green, Thompson.

Every bit of information is important like these two photos I found on a forum last week which helped me in reuniting two first cousins once removed.

I have just found out my 1st cousin, once removed was a navigator in 23 Squadron based in Malta 1942-1943. Sgt Leslie GREEN, 1556380, is buried at Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, after his Mosquito crashed on landing back at Malta on 5th September 1943, following night disruption flights over Italy. I am interested to find anything more about him, and in particular a picture.


Source Internet

I don’t think we have the same Leslie Green.

A shot in the dark

This story will be continued some other day.

For now this is what I had written in 2016 about a group picture.


I took me three years to finally understand the meaning of RAF No. 5 ITW that Theo Griffiths DFC wrote in the last years of his life.

Theo is no longer with us, but his memories will live on forever on cyberspace.

Last month I wrote a post The End of the Beginning followed by The Beginning of the End. I never thought for a moment someone would find this blog and would share all the information he had on his uncle “Bunty”.


Collection Graham Padden

Graham Padden had shared so much photos that I just had to create yet another blog to pay homage to his uncle Gerald Thomas Padden seen here on the group picture.


All these cadet pilots are from No. 5 Initial Training Wing Squadron 4.

Very little information exist on the Internet about this group. If you have any information please use the contact form just like Graham Padden used. You never know what you may find.


4 thoughts on “Preserving the Past – RAF No. 5 I.T.W. Cadet pilots

  1. Wow. All this history is fascinating and makes me want to know more!

    You are right, it doesn’t look like the same GREEN in the photos, but I do know quite a lot of British airmen went to Canada to train. I’ve not found any new information yet, but will let you know if I do.

    Thank you for looking into Leslie

    Michelle This is Leslie with his Mum Ethel Green (sorry it’s upside down!) Sent from my iPad

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