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    Default C/O 487 Squadron 1943-1944

    I am looking for the full name and service number for W/C A.G. Wilson who was the commanding officer of 487 Squadron from May 1943-February 1944.

    Thanks in advance.

    Christian

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    Hello Christian,

    70831 A/W/C (Pilot) Alan Gatenby WILSON DFC RAFO

    For more, see:

    http://www.unithistories.com/officers/RAF_officers_W01.html

    Can't access LG at the moment.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col. Greatly Appreciated! I can access the LG now that I have his service no.

    One additional question. In July 1938 Wilson was granted a short service commission. What is this exactly?

    Thanks,
    Christian

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    Hi Christian

    Short Service Commissions were introduced by Trenchard in the early days of the RAF and were a way of boosting the number of pilots without blocking the career prospects of Permanent officers.

    A SSC was usually for five years with a further four being served on the reserve. It also enabled the RAF to build up a large reserve of trained pilots to call upon in an emergency.

    Malcolm

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