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    Default No.30 OTU Nickel Op

    Gents,

    I am trying to establish if a Sgt C.M Carr completed a Nickel operation with the above OTU between June 8th and August 20th 1943. The results of which he was recommended to be made a officer.



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    Steve
    Last edited by Steve Smith; 6th October 2013 at 16:11. Reason: Incorrect info
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    Steve,
    I would imagine that should this recommendation for appointing the said sergeant to a commission in the GD Branch be based soley on his perfomance on a single nickel operation, then this would be pretty remarkable. From what I have seen in diaries, etc, NCO aircrew personnel could apply at any time for a commission through their CO, but unless you had completed a certain amount of operational flying and be considered at least marginally suitable as "officer material" by your CO, you would probably end up very disappointed. Unless of course you acquitted yourself so exceptionally well in the air (or even on the ground) that your CO (and/or his trusted officer subordinates) considered you an outstanding individual fully worthy of accelerated commissioning. I imagine this could happen, but it would be quite rare. Remember that commissioning normally had (at least officially) nothing to do with courage or brains as such, but with "good character and initiative", and "ability to command" or some such.
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    Dear David,

    It is for this very reason I am keen to see if Sgt Carr RCAF carried out a "Nickerl" operation and what actually happened for him to be considered as it certainly is against the norm.

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    RCAF Sgts. serving as air crew could expect an automatic comission after x months (exact date varied from year to year) unless they totally screwed up.

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