On 20th July 1943 Bert was posted to 22 SPTS Thornhill (SFTS = Service Flying Training School) in Rhodesia where he flew Harvards.
This was a significant step up from the Tiger Moth . The Bi Plane had a 125HP
engine and a top speed of 109MPH, the Harvard had a 600HP and a top
speed of 212 MPH. Bert flew a number of Harvards, they are listed at
The photograph aside was copied from Bert's Log Book. The serial number 7347 is
not however one listed in the book.
Bert spent 143 hours flying Harvards. In addition to the 27 procedures
practiced in the Tiger Moth a further 3 were added:-