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.

Preserving the Past – Toronto, September 1941

Richard Cooper and I are preserving the past. I have been doing it since 2009. Richard joined me in February 2013 when he found this blog and started contributing stories and pictures.

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 Alzeimer’s and vascular dementia but is still able to recall his time with the squadron.

Richard Cooper

This is another day in the life of Theo Griffiths whose life has been touching so many people’s lives.


Click on the image to get a closer view…
Collection Theo Griffiths DFC (courtesy Richard Cooper)


Theo Griffiths DFC

Theo was one of 90 cadet pilots from England heading down South.

Now look closer at the group picture…


George Rushbrook

George Rushbrook was also one of the 90 cadet pilots from England, with a friend…

Look closer…


Gerald Thomas Padden


What’s next on this blog?

90 cadet pilots are going south of the border…to Souther Field, Georgia, USA!

Theo in training mod

We will be October 24, 1941…

Another day in the life of Theo Griffiths whose life has been touching so many people’s lives.

Day I soloed 24 October 1941