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similar designations were used. They would have been clearly visible to convoy commanders and others in black-out conditions.4
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe mobility aspect was also brought home to me when the Squadron Boss, Sqn.Ldr. Allen, appointed me as Squadron MTO in addition to my normal duties.5 I could fly an aircraft but I couldn't drive - legally at any rate - as I had no driving licence. I almost panicked, not knowing what was involved, or what my responsibilities were. A quick word with Johnny MacKnish, now Squadron Adjutant, revealed that there were files in his office which dealt with MT matters. I borrowed them (they were Unclassified) and took them to my room in the Mess where I burned midnight oil trying to educate myself. After the initial shock I chatted around and found that Flight Sergeant 'Chiefy' Blair was able to fill me in a great deal. A trip to the Station MT Section and a meeting with Flt.Lt. Wright, Station MTO, revealed that there were two Land Rovers and a dozen or so Thorneycroft 3-ton trucks on Squadron charge but in store in his garages. He rapidly apprised me of my responsibilities and in no time at all I had signed for a whole convoy of vehicles and their tool kits. Joy of joys - I was responsible for my first Inventory and had a lot more to learn about how to look after it, as well as my own Squadron MT Section and its drivers.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesWe did eventually get to Sennelager and witness nearly all that was planned for us. If it did nothing else the events of the day demonstrated to us the firepower we could muster, and its effectiveness, should we be called into action.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThus ended the foggy, and increasingly cloudy and cold month of October, but there was more: there was sport, a vital part of aircrew fitness routines. I shall tell of that next.

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93 Squadron Crest.
The central part represents an escarbuncle or boss of a shield.
Unusually this depiction shows the Crown of HM Queen Elizabeth II. During my day the
Crown was that of the late King, as seen in the illustration on page 89.
4 Such signs were used during the war at home. These in Germany had a similar familiar significance.
5 MTO = Mechanical Transport Officer.
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