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I noticed the shadows were quite clear there, running over the desert. It occurred to me that if I could hit the shadow, I could hit the aircraft by simply transposing the relative position. By firing at the shadow I could see the dust go up . . So I turned the guns on and my reflector sight on and opened fire on the shadow well back and found my . . burst was over and behind it. I tried it again, just a quick squirt on the trigger, you know, half a second burst. Same thing. 33 29 Clive Caldwell Air Ace PGS 22/5/06 12:16 PM Page 30 C L I V E C A L DW E L L , A I R A C E Caldwell had hit upon a foolproof method of shooting practice.
Caldwell once reflected that ‘at no stage was I really comfortable in the RAAF’26 and he attributed this to Scherger’s less than welcoming speech, and perhaps Scherger’s style of command. Forest Hill was soon nicknamed ‘Scherger’s Concentration Camp’. Although he usually took a lenient tone with light-hearted escapades, Scherger was strict in his demands on cadets’ conduct off the camp area, and would allow them only one night a week in town. Much of Caldwell’s training at Forest Hill involved time in the Link trainer, which was used to train pilots ‘flying blind’ at night, or in cloud, but actual flying was carried out in the two-seater Wirraway advanced trainer.
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