No. 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF
|No. 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit|
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 17 Group RAF?|
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
No. 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF (3 OTU) was a training unit of Royal Air Force Coastal Command, operating from 27 November 1940 and disbanding 4 January 1944, being absorbed into No. 6 OTU.
The unit formed at RAF Chivenor training crews for various aircraft including Bristol Beauforts, Avro Ansons, Vickers Wellingtons and Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys. On 29 July 1941 the Whitleys and Wellingtons moved to RAF Cranwell and the Beaufort section became No. 5 Operational Training Unit RAF (5 OTU) when it re-formed at Chivenor on 1 August 1941. 3 OTU then moved to RAF Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire where it was disbanded on 4 January 1944 and absorbed into No. 6 Operational Training Unit RAF (6 OTU).
The main airfield for the unit was RAF Chivenor however a number of different airfields were also used.
- RAF Chivenor.
- RAF Skellingthorpe.
- RAF Bottesford.
- RAF Wellingore.
- RAF Langham.
- RAF Squires Gate.
- RAF Barkston Heath.
- RAF Steeple Morden.
- RAF Templeton.
- RAF Haverfordwest.
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- List of Fleet Air Arm aircraft squadrons
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- List of Royal Air Force aircraft independent flights
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- Lake, A Flying Units of the RAF. Shrewbury, Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.