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RAF Grangemouth was a training base for fighter pilots, home to 58 OTU. as a training station about 400 pilots a year passed through the base. They were of many nationalities including Americans, Belgians Dutch, Australian, Czech and Canadians as well as the British. The pilots most often associated with Grangemouth were the Poles. From October 1942 all Polish fighter pilots trained here, and Polish instructors worked alongside their British counterparts.
The base was also used for secret operations involving spraying gas from the Lysanders of 614 Sqaudron, the whole area around the base was a restricted area due to the stockpiles of mustard gas and the secrecy of the missions carried out. The restricted area took in the near by town and the docks, special passes were issued to all residents.
Before the end of the war an Air Training Corps Gliding School started at RAF Grangemouth for cadets this continued some years after the war. The airfield closed in 1955 and today the site used for housing and industry.
Squadrons stationed at RAF Grangemouth
- No: 602 Squadron
- No: 603 Squadron
- No: 614 Squadron
- No: 263 Squadron
- No: 58 Operational Training Unit.
- No: 2 Tactical Exercise Unit.
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List of those who served.
- Squadron leader A H Donaldson C.O. 263 Squadron
- Flying Officer Roy Frederick "Ferdi" Ferdinand. 263 Squadron Read his story
- Maurice Edward Hunt. 58 OTURead his story
- Flight Sergeant Don Kingaby. DMF & bar. Read his story
- Flying Officer. Tomasz Jan Legowski. pilot. 58 OTU
- J R Hallings-Pott Read his story
- Pilot Officer David Stein. 263 Squadron
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