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    Default HQ Reserve Cadre Pool

    A series of questions if I may:

    Firstly, was there just one "Reserve Cadre Pool" in 1939, or many? (I have tried getting information from books / Flight Global etc but not having much success)

    Secondly, if there was only one, does anyone know where the HQ was based?

    Finally, was there a specific stage in the training programme when men were posted to the Reserve Cadre Pool (ie were they "trade" trained?) or were they just posted there for holding purposes at any stage of training?

    Any help would be much appreciated as always

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    There was only one per Home Command eg Fighter, Bomber. Coastal etc.

    In this context they were formations that existed 1938/1939 and went out of use shortly after war was declared.

    Part of the mobilisation plan they were intended to provide the cadre or initial startup manpower for units that would only be formed when war was declared.

    They would form as a unit in the relevant command and, with the cadre staff, be in a state to accept embodiment from the influx of reservists that would be called up. This would quickly spawn off new units that functioned within the RAF Command structure.

    So prewar part of the Command HQ Establishment they would be staffed by highly experienced men or immediate reserve staff and contain a large number of paper transferred reservists who did not actively serve but would for the first tranche of manpower.

    Post war declaration they would be paper holding for Class F reservists re-entering the service before posting to unit. These men would need little trade or basic training so did not need to spend long at RC.

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    Thanks Ross

    My man appears to have taken part in pre-war part time RAFVR pilot training and then, at the outbreak of war, was posted to a TC (Town Centre) and ITW for about two months before being posted to the cadre pool.

    Relatives of the family and I are assuming that at this point he "returned to civil life" (presumably to await a place at a pilot training facility) where he remained until he was posted to an RC, four months later.

    (Further details: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-Command-pilot)

    Regards

    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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