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No 1 Vulcan Course, 230 OCU 1957. The RAF received its first two aircraft, XA897 and XA895 in 1956 and were on the strength of 230 OCU at Waddington. However, they were initially based at Boscombe Down for operational reliability trials. 897 was lost on returning from Operation Tasman Flight on 1 October 1956 and during that month, most of the instructors were converted onto type on 895. It was not until December 1956 when 895 returned to Waddington and it, with XA898, became available for use on 19 January 1957 with priority being given to the participation in a SAC bombing competition before training the first course. The first course (above) consisted of 25 students - 10 pilots, 10 navigators, and five signallers. It began conversion on 20 February and graduated in May, forming the first squadron, No 83 on 21 May. John Waring adds:

My father is in the rear row far right hand side - Flt Lt Brian Waring who was killed along with all crew in XH536, 11 February 1966.

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John Waring. © Crown Copyright.

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