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    I am doing some research on mid to late 1944 training and wondered if anyone had any detailed information on the techniques / tests etc used to allocate "trades" to airmen at the Reception and Classification Wings (at the Air Crew Reception Centres) prior to them being posted to an ITW.

    During this period the ITW were split into specialised trades so I am assuming that, as an example, pilots needed to pass their flying assessment before being posted to the pilot ITW. Following on from this, what assessments were there for WOP's, Navigators etc?

    I have bits and pieces on this subject but wondered if anyone had any training books, assessment papers or details on the various assessments (including flying assessment).

    My current focus is on No 6 Aircrew Reception Centre at Scarborough (possibly based at Scarborough College) so I was also wondering where the flying assessment would have taken place.

    Any help would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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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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    Hi Pete

    By 1944 the PNB (Pilot/Nav/Bomber) scheme was in place so the initial assessment would have separated these three sets of candidates from FE, AG and S.

    AFAIK all three would then undertake the same ITW before going for grading at an EFTS where they would be selected for one of the three strands.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks for the feedback Malcolm; it is much appreciated as always.

    I believe my research may take me beyond the PNB period when the ITW had been split into specific trades (Pilots at No 40 to 43 ITW, Navigators / Air Bombers at No 50 ITW etc) which was after April 1944

    The ACRC at Scarborough had Reception and Classification Wings, suggesting that this was where they were allocated to a trade, but I may be totally wrong.

    There seems to be very little information regarding training during this period so I am trying to piece together a jigsaw, without knowing what the picture looks like.

    Regards (and thanks again)

    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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