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On the 8th November arrival at 1EFTS, Parafield, heralded the beginning of training to become a pilot. Now with the rank of Leading Aircraftsman, Eric joined a group of sixty hopefuls, nearly all from his course at 4ITS, to begin Course 19 of elementary flying training. With four hours of dual flying training already under his belt, LAC Langlois had a slight edge over most of the other trainees.
Over the next three months he received flying training in De Havilland DH60's (Gypsy Moth) and DH82's (Tiger Moth). Within a month of the course beginning eight airmen failed to reach the required standard and were returned to 4ITS, transferred to the reserve or moved into Course 20 for further training. In January a further nine were failed from the course. On the 4th February 1942 the remainder of Course 19 completed the course and were transferred to Service Flying Training School (SFTS). LAC Langlois was one of 32 transferred to 6SFTS at Mallala. He had chalked up a total of nearly 30 hours of dual flight and over 35 hours of solo flight in these aircraft by the end of the course.
1 Elementary Flying Training School, Parafield, South Australia
DH82's at Parafield
AWM Archives
1EFTS, Parafield
AWM Archives
DH60 - Gypsy Moth
The Airways Museum & Civil Aviation Historical Society