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    I have an RAF Flight Engineer who, like many was a pre-war motor mechanic who joined the RAF as same, before beginning his formal training at No. 2 School of Technical Training at Cosford. However, for the first 18 months he seems to have been posted to stations rather than units or training establishments, although the last, in early 1940 was No. 8 Service Flying Training School.

    In the first year of the war, why would this be? Would he have joined the RAF and been sent to stations as a general engineer/machinist/dogsbody, before beginning a training course after that length of time?

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    In the BCATP Schools at this time new schools were being added as quick as possible, and it was not uncommon for a student to finish one training phase before an opening was available for the next phase. These surplus students could be posted to any nearby operational unit or station or School, where they would spend a lot of time square bashing and painting buildings. In eastern Canada a lot of detachments were formed of fresh young airmen who were issued First World War rifles and sent to guard various bridges and canals before they moved on to flight training.

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    Please see post #3 on this thread for a quantified list of the extent of deferred entry for ground and aircrew at various periods during the war.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ferred-Service

    The eventual method was to delay entry but in the first year or so of the war those that were in were usually posted to stations/groups as ACH admin clerks/sweepers/blanket stackers etc until space on the training scheme opened up.

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