Did He or Did He Not Fly a Mosquito?

I have not found anything about Patrick Maguire flying a Mosquito on his service record.

Does it really matters?

Patrick Maguire served his country in WWII. First as a LAC (Leading Aircrafman). Patrick Maguire was born on January 30th, 1923. He enlisted June 11, 1942 and commenced serving the same day.

Patrick Maguire 3-4ACH/Pilot means Aircrafthand/Pilot. That’s a general term used when someone enlisted. This does not mean he got his training as a pilot. This is confirmed by this second document.

Patrick Maguire 5-6

I modified the image.

Patrick Maguire 5-6modPatrick Maguire enlisted at Euston CRC, Central Recruitement Centre) on June 11th, 1942.

He was then put on Res (Reserve) from June 12th, 1942 to May 3rd 1943. I believe he could have had prior training since Marilyn told me her father talked about going to the Far East and witnessing war crimes committed by Japanese soldiers. I could not verify that information.

From Reserve, he was posted to 1 Aircrew Reception Centre until May 29th, 1943.

Click here for the source of the two pictures seen below of 1 ACRC. More are on the IWM (Imperial War Museum) Website.

A RECRUIT JOINS THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
A RECRUIT JOINS THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
© IWM (CH 10989)

Phillip Fricker and other recruits collect their kit bags from a lorry at the Royal Air Force Aircrew Reception Centre, Regent’s Park, London.

NEW RECRUITS FOR SERVICE AS AIRCREW IN THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
NEW RECRUITS FOR SERVICE AS AIRCREW IN THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
© IWM (CH 7518)

At the Aircrew Reception Centre of Royal Air Force Flying Training Command at St John’s Wood, London, new recruits take a Morse Code test. Here they transcribe a message sent by the instructor who is seated at the end of the room.

On May 29th, 1943 Patrick Maguire was posted to 1 Initial Training Wing. He trained there and got transfered to ACDC (Aircrew Despatch Centre) on September 9th, 1943. Then on September 29, 1943, he is transfered to Ches War Agric Comm which could be Cheshire War Agricultural Committee.

Very few information on that.

ACDC again, then 8320 Draft of which I could not find any information about.

The next posting is interesting.

No. 7 B & G School.

I know a lot about that!

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5 thoughts on “Did He or Did He Not Fly a Mosquito?

    1. Marilyn has scant knowledge of that period in her father’s life.
      Maybe she will discover more along the way.
      Patrick was born 30 January 1923

      If he had first enlisted at 18, that would bring us to 30 January 1941, almost one year before Pearl Harbor.
      He could have been in the service and sent to the Far East… Plausible.

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