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    Default Promotion in rank of heavy-bomber crew-members

    The crew of a Lancaster had the following ranks at the beginning of their 30 op tour:

    Pilot - Pilot Officer
    Flight Engineer - Sergeant
    Air Bomber - Flight Sergeant
    Navigator - Flight Sergeant
    Wireless Operator - Sergeant
    Mid-Upper Gunner - Flight Sergeant
    Rear Gunner - Flight Sergeant

    At 11 ops the pilot was promoted to Flying Officer. At 25 ops the pilot is listed in the ORB as Acting Flight Lieutenant. At 26 ops onward the ORB lists the Navigator as Warrant Officer and the Wireless Operator as Flight Sergeant. Ranks of the Flight Engineer, Air Bomber, and Air Gunners do not change.

    What were the criteria for promotion?
    And, more specifically, what role, if any, did the pilot of an operational heavy-bomber have in the promotion process of his crew-members?

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    Promotion from Plt Off to Fg Off, Sgt to Flt Sgt and Flt Sgt to WO was on a time basis.

    Plt Off to Fg Off after a year, Sgt to Flt Sgt and Flt Sgt to WO usually about six months.

    Promotion to Act Flt Lt would be on merit.

    The pilot had no role in promotions.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm
    Thanks for the info.
    It never occurred to me that promotion could be by something as simple as time spent.
    But looking at the pilot's service records, he was promoted to Flying Officer exactly 6 months to the day after he was commissioned as Pilot Officer.
    Maybe the time spent as Pilot Officer was shortened (from 1 year to 6 months) during wartime or operational service, etc.
    Another factor I had not considered is that the crew was a mix of RAF and RCAF so maybe different time periods applied?
    Pilot - RCAF
    Flight Engineer - RAF
    Air Bomber - RAF
    Navigator - RCAF
    Wireless Operator - RAF
    Air Gunners - RCAF

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    Sorry the period of a year generally applied to officers commissioned direct from training, if commissioned from NCO then the time could be reduced due to seniority 'earned' previously.

    Promotion on time basis is still the norm today up to Flt Lt

    Malcolm

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