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    Would welcome some help on this if anyone can help Please .

    I have a Hurricane pilot , Granted a Commission as a 2nd Lt in the Royal Artillery 1939 .

    He is then granted a Temporary Commission as a P/O on being employed by the RAF 1940.

    would this mean he was a Pilot Officer and was able to return to his Army unit when his service was no longer needed by the RAF ?

    TIA Phill Jones
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    Phill,
    I imagine that once the RAF had trained your man as a pilot (his training as a pilot would have been VERY expensive), and he was deemed a success in his new role, that they would be reluctant to release him to return to his original service, at least up to the 1944 period. After that, when the RAF was rather embarrassed with a huge glut of trained (and semi-trained) aircrew, especially pilots, then the Powers That Be might have given serious consideration to releasing such a man should he really desire it. Of course they might also have concluded that he was too valuable where he was, so then it would be up to somebody in authority to make the decision, probably including an interview with the man. All things are possible, but they only happen when they happen! Just my 10 cents worth.
    David D

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    Hi Phill

    Before WW2 Army officers could be seconded to the RAF for two-four years to fly in Army Co-op Sqns. Some of these eventually transferred to the RAF permanently, including D F W Atcherly, A G W Geddes and F F Inglis, all of whom rose to Air Rank.

    In 1940 the RAF appealed from volunteers to train as pilots from the Army and Navy and again some of these transferred whilst others returned to their original service.

    You need to check the LG for announcement stating they relinquished/resigned their Army/Navy commissions on transfer to the RAF.

    Malcolm

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    David and Malcolm ,

    Thank you both for your comments .

    Rgs Phill Jones

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