Number 58 Operational Training Unit (OTU) was just one of many units which were responsible for supplying Fighter Command with pilots, trained with the necessary skills for aerial combat.
RAF Balado Bridge was a built for and administered by its parent station at RAF Grangemouth. The airfield would have been named "RAF Kinross" however it was the custom not to name airfields with names that may be confused with somewhere else. In this case it may have been confused with RAF Kinloss, near Forres, which was the home to 19 OTU, a Bomber Command OTU flying Whitleys.
Twenty years ago I spent a lot of time in the Public Record Office, Kew, London pouring over the Operational Record Books (the day to day diaries of RAF Grangemouth and Balado Bridge) and metal detecting in muddy fields investigating and recording the aircraft crash sites all wiith the intention of producing a complete history of 58 OTU. Unfortunately all my plans came to nothing, so through the miracle of the Internet I would like to publish just three small portions of my notes.
These web pages are dedicated to the service personnel and the civilians that worked at Balado during the wartime years and to the memory of all those young men whose names are inscribed in stone at places like Grandsable Cemetery, Grangemouth.
It is estimated that of all the RAF casualties in WW2, a third were from training accidents.....
58 OTU Roll of Honour
RAF Balado Bridge - a brief history.
RAF Grangemouth a brief history.
If you have any information or corrections concerning 58 OTU, Kinross-shire air crash sites, etc then please contact me via the link below.
Wallace Shackleton, Kinross
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