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    My subject joined the RCAF in the summer of 1942 with no flying experience. A year later he was slated to remain in Canada as flying instructor; however, he wanted operational flying. On arrival in England he was again placed as flying instructor and, again, he put his name in for advancement toward operational flying. As a Lancaster pilot on an RAF squadron, he finished a 30-op tour a week before VE Day. He volunteered for Tiger Force and was repatriated to Canada. In September 1945 he was released to RCAF Reserve, General Section, Class E with the word "Special" stamped across his release papers. He then received the DFC in November.

    Two years after the Lancaster pilot's death, a lifelong family member (now deceased) was interviewed. In the interview notes, the family member said that the pilot had been in "Tier T". When asked what is "Tier T" the family member assumed that it was some form of military category.

    Does anyone on the forum have suggestions on what "Tier T" may be?

    There is the possibility of a misunderstanding, as is common when relating third hand verbal information.
    The reference may be to Tier Three or something similar, but it is almost certain that "Tier T" is what the family member said.
    Last edited by grounded; 26th June 2014 at 22:33. Reason: grammar/clarify

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    Hi,
    Just slim possibilities:-
    1. Tier is Tiger without the g and may be a misread reference to that depending on how far back in the records it comes from. Tiger might also explain the T.
    2. As we are talking about Canada, does Tier have a different meaning in Canadian French?
    3. You refer to regular attempts to make your man an instructor, starting before he had any operational experience, which suggests that he was highly regarded as a pilot, hence the "Special" annotation. It might be an idea to refer directly to the RCAF for guidance.
    HTH
    Regards
    Dick

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    Dick
    Thanks for the input in what is somewhat of a guessing game so far.
    Another suggestion was that access to post-war benefits (medical, Veteran's Land Act, government grants, etc.) were according to what "Tier" the serviceman had been in.

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    The suggestion on post war benefits etc looks the most promusing
    Regards
    Dick

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