On the Wednesday afternoon, although the weather was not too good, we went by bus to Prestwick Aerodrome [Ed: now Glasgow Prestwick Airport]. It is just over an hour’s run south, not quite to Ayr. The drome was covered with planes, mostly Dakotas of the US Air Transport Command and Liberators of the RAF Coastal Command. Many other modern types were also to be seen, and we spent some time wandering about inspecting Beaufighters, Mosquitos, Barracudas (FAA), Liberators, Lancasters, Wellingtons, Corsairs, Spitfires, and others.
It commenced to rain so we climbed back into the bus and toured the drome, which was not as large as I had expected, for the largest aerodrome in Europe. It certainly was packed with planes, though.
Thursday & Friday we learnt about Japanese planes, which in my case, only further added to the confusion already existing in my mind. Friday afternoon we finished off with an exam, both spotting and written questions, and after a lot of difficulty over transport returned to the ship.
The weather, generally & when we left, was rather wet, usual Scottish, being the general opinion, although I suppose it is about all that can be expected anywhere on this side of the world at this time of year.
There was a big do on the Monday at Largs, when King Haakon VII of Norway was made the first free burgess of the town. We read about it in the papers, that’s all.
The course, I think, was very useful and all benefited to some extent. Something like 70 types of aircraft were dealt with, which for a five-day course struck me as too many. However, most people made the grade.