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Old 11th November 2018, 19:47
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Hughie Green, RCAF and later UK TV show host

To UK members who may remember Hughie Green as the host of Opportunity Knocks (years before Britain's Got Talent) I'd like to know more about Hughie Green's aviation career. Hughie was born in UK but spent his early life in Canada. My late uncle was a neighbour of Hughie Green when he lived in the county.

Like my uncle, Hughie Green joined the RCAF in WW2 and became a pilot. I understand he learnt to fly in the UK pre-war but was rejected by the RAF and so moved to Canada to enlist in RCAF. I know that he was in Ferry Command, but does anyone know what types he flew across the Atlantic? Did he ferry aircraft or just act as pilot ferrying the pilots back across to Canada?
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Old 13th November 2018, 02:34
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Re: Hughie Green, RCAF and later UK TV show host

This link has a little on Green. He trained in RCAF class 61 ( August 3 - November 20, 1942). His service number was J.20981. Search for Green on the link:

http://rcafbrantford.blogspot.com/

One paragraph in the above on Green says that he was a Link trainer instructor.

The next link mentions Green in connection with flying PBY Catalinas from Canada to Great Britain via Bermuda. He may? have been a ferry pilot with the ATA at that point. Scroll down a little on the page.

https://books.google.com/books?id=5V...ermuda&f=false

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Old 13th November 2018, 15:21
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Re: Hughie Green, RCAF and later UK TV show host

Some newspaper clippings. I think he was a Link trainer instructor before he was commissioned. Once commissioned he flew the ferry flights.

11 Oct 35 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/25354273/the_gazette/

5 Dec 41 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/25351020/the_gazette/

25 Nov 42 Part 1 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/25351101/part_1/

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/25351119/part_2/


7 Dec 42 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2535...ttawa_journal/

7 Sept 44 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/25350953/the_gazette/

18 Dec 44 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2535...ttawa_journal/

30 Oct 45 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2535...ttawa_citizen/

14 Dec 45 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2535...ttawa_journal/

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