RAF School of P.T. Uxbridge Course Notebook
Despite its somewhat lacklustre cover the contents of this notebook are superb! It covers the course notes taken by J.S.Wilkinson RAF service nos 542282 who attended number 32 Qualifying Course from 2 August 1938 to 7 October. His Commander is listed as F/Lt A.F.Ingram and Chief instructor is F/O E.J.Bradbury. The course notes, that cover 117 pages, are written in a very neat copperplate script. The notes cover elementary anatomy and physiology and are interspaced with numerous drawings and diagrams including many anatomical drawings, bone structures,, muscles and circulatory system. Part 2 commences with notes relating to Athletics including further sections on Hockey, Athletics, Football, Tennis, Rugby, Pass ball, and comprehensive notes on Boxing. The final two pages, we suspect drawn when the course was over, show a pastoral scene and we guess Pupil Wilkinson was in need of some R & R after a gruelling 2 months hard graft! The Royal Air Force School of Physical Training was formed on the same day as the RAF, 1st April 1918, at RAF College Cranwell. The School of PTI’s one of only 2 schools ofthe same age as the RAF still in existence, the other being the Central Flying School. In 1920, the School moved to RAF Uxbridge where it remained until the Second World War. Early in the War the School was closed down - presumably because everyone thought the War would be over by Christmas and there was no need to train more PTI’s! Would make a unique gift for any modern day PTI trainee and a reminder of how things were run in the RAF 76 years ago!