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Thread: OTU Trainees remaining at OTU's as Instructors

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    Default OTU Trainees remaining at OTU's as Instructors

    I know that on the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in North America it was common for the top percent of a trainee class to remain as instructors for the next few classes, but was it the same for OTU's in the UK?

    I have the service record of a wireless operator/air gunner who completed his training at No. 19 OTU in January 1941 but appears to have been there 18 months, before going to a Squadron. He qualified as a Sergeant and seemingly was promoted to Flight Sergeant whilst there, moving to No. 106 Squadron (as a Flight Sergeant) in June 1942, being commissioned that December.

    I am wondering the cause of the lengthy stay. Would he have been retained as an Instructor?

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    Dear Airman 1
    My great uncle was a pilot who went along a similar route at a similar time
    His dates are as follows:
    20/11/40 No16 Operational Training Unit Training
    24/3/41 No16 Operational Training Unit Flying Instructor
    29/7/41 No 83 Squadron Flying Duties
    Another friend of his did exactly the same thing.
    I hope this helps.
    Best wishes

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