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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask when WOP badge (hand with 6 lightnings) would be issued 1940-41:
    basic WOP training No 2 SS Yatesbury
    advanced WOP training No 1 Cranwell

    I suppose they got the badge after passing exam at No 2 SS. Could anybody confirm it?

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel

    Have you got the full sequence for his training (as the training programme changed throughout this period)?

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    Hi Pete,

    well the sequence was following:

    No 2 SS - Sep - Dec 40
    No 1 SS - Jan - May 41
    No 4 BGS - May - Jun 41

    Pavel
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    Pavel

    I have not really researched this area in any detail but my understanding is that at that time he would have been allocated the badge on completion of his trade test (ie May 1941), qualifying as a Wireless Operator (Ground).

    He would then have been posted to Gunnery School before being posted to a ground signals unit for a period of about six months. Aircrew training would have followed after that.

    As I say, training was changing during this period so the snapshot that you provided may not fit in with the scenario above.

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    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete in this case of Czechoslovak WOPs it was slightly different - ground training was finished in Dec 1940 by exams in at No 1 SS flying practice was done. After AG course he was already posted into operational training.
    So from your post I suppose the should be issued the badge in Dec 40.

    Pavel
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    Pavel

    All the examples I have seen from this period follow the scenario in my previous post.

    It is difficult to say whether the first course he was on covered Parts 1 and 2 of W/OP (Ground) training and the second one W/OP (Aircrew) training.

    .... but, my understanding is, that he would have received the badge on completion of W/OP (Ground) training.

    Would be interested to see if others agree.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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