On the 8th February 1942, as part of 50 trainees in Course 19, LAC Langlois began the next stage of his training as a pilot. With the basic skills of flying under their belts, attention was now turned into turning the trainees into useful pilots. At 6 SFTS the aircraft changed from the single engined Moths to twin engined Airspeed Oxfords for the initial training. After eight hours dual training and six hours solo, LAC Langlois moved on to the Avro Ansons. The increase in power, comfort and space in these aircraft, without the constant noise and blast of the wind, allowed them to develop their skills of flying and navigation. Their time was spent in cross country flights honing their flying and navigation skills. At times they were detailed to search for enemy shipping off the coast of South Australia. On the 30th April, LAC Langlois was, along with others in the course, awarded his wings. By the end of the course LAC Langlois had flown a further 25 hours of dual instruction and 64 hours solo in the Anson. He now awaited his posting for operational training.
On the 28th May 1942 Eric Langlois was commissioned with the rank of Pilot Officer. The next day he was sent to No. 4 Embarkation Depot in Adelaide. He remained there until June 15th when they travelled to No.2 Embarkation Depot in Sydney. Just over a month later on 23 July, they set sail for the UK and the beginning of their RAAF flying careers.
6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala, South Australia
Avro Ansons at Mallala Airfield
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Avro Anson
Airspeed Oxford