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53 Squadron. O.T.U. Kirton-in-Lyndsey
September 1943 was spent at RAF Kirton-in-Lyndsey Lincolnshire, flying Miles Master 1 & 11 and Spitfire 1 & 11 engaging in more training exercises
At the end of this posting total flying hours on Spitfires = Hrs 72.25
Burma and Far East.
Spitfire 11 53 OTU
No 2 T.E.U. Balado Bridge Kinross Scotland
Opened as a satellite to Grangemouth, No. 58 OTU training fighter pilots with Spitfires. 10/43, Renamed 2 Tactical Exercise Unit.
The OTU was renamed 2 Tactical Exercise Unit on October 17 1943 under 2 Combat Training Wing. There was by now a temporary surplus of trained fighter pilots and the aim was to give as much experience of air warfare as possible whilst they were being held in reserve. No.2 TEU disbanded on June 25 1944 and the airfield was then used for storage by Maintenance Command.
PQ coded Spitfires of 58 OTU in 1942,
renamed No 2 Tactical Exercise Unit
R.A.F. Grangemouth Scotland

November 1943 and last UK posting to Grangemouth. 2nd Tactical Exercise Unit, flying Spitfire 1 and 11's in a series of exercises including squadron formation, cross country and cloud descent.

In May 1943 the station workshops in the pre-war civil hangars at Grangemouth were busy fitting Spitfires with light bomb racks to take four 10 pound practice bombs under each wing. Another local modification was the clipping of the wings of the bomb-carrying Spitfires, the first being taken up for a test flight on August 14 1943. The same day the unit’s last Lysander was flown away; all target towing work now being done by Martinets. Spitfire V’s were being allotted to 58 OTU to replace the worn-out Is; and IIs some being veterans of the Battle or Britain.

The OTU was renamed 2 Tactical Exercise Unit on October 17 1943 under 2 Combat Training Wing. There was by now a temporary surplus of trained fighter pilots and the aim was to give as much experience of air warfare as possible whilst they were being held in reserve. No .2 TEU disbanded on June 25 1944 and the airfield was then used for storage by Maintenance Command.