No. 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
No. 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
Active 1940-1944
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Training
Part of No. 17 Group RAF?
Aircraft flown
Bomber Bristol Beaufort
Vickers Wellington
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Trainer Avro Anson

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.[1]


The unit formed at RAF Chivenor[1] 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).[2]

Airfields used[edit]

The main airfield for the unit was RAF Chivenor however a number of different airfields were also used.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Lake 1999, p. 144.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "No 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "RAF Templeton". Control Towers. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 


  • Lake, A Flying Units of the RAF. Shrewbury, Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.