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    Default Wing Cdr Roy Stewart Royston, RAF, RAAF

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    033062 Wing Cdr Roy Stewart Royston, RAAF (Queen's Commendations for Valuable Service in the Air, 31 Dec 1960) commanded RAAF squadrons during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

    During the WWII, he joined the RAF in 1941, and 1944-45 flew Typhoons with the No. 609 Sqn.
    (www.609wrsquadron.co.uk/Archives/Biographies/PDF_Files/Roy%20Royston.pdf)

    I found 1339949 Roy Stewart ROYSTON (151696) in the LG pages, commissioned 2 Apr 1943. I puzzle that he became Plt Off from Leading Aircraftman. Was he already a pilot? My idea is that the lowest rank of a RAF pilot was Sergeant. Could anybody specify it?
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    Hello,

    As a pupil pilot under training, a LAC rank is correct.

    In the R.A.F., on completion on the course at S.F.T.S. and the award of pilot's wing, the pilot was promoted to Sergeant, but a few received a commission with the rank of Pilot Officer, usually taking effect on the same date.

    I've purchased a few service files from Canberra for R.A.A.F. pilots (mostly bomber captains) and I remember this case of promotion from LAC to P/O occured. I can check when I'm back home, but I'm sure some specialists from downunder will confirm.

    Joss

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    Joss is correct

    All pilots were graded LAC during training and on qualification were either promoted to Sergeant or commissioned as Pilot Officers, in the RAF the percentage was about 10-20% being commissioned, in the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF it was higher.

    Malcolm

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    Joss and Malcom, thank you very much for your quick replay
    Mojmir

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