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Thread: Flt. Sgt. William George Roddy R95149 (RCAF) BGS Question

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    Default Flt. Sgt. William George Roddy R95149 (RCAF) BGS Question

    Hello again,
    This is a more general question I suspect.
    The above airman attended No. 3 BGS from March 30, 1941 until May 5, 1941. He then attended No. 2 ITS and then No. 15 EFTS where he washed out.
    My understanding is that the "normal" sequence for pilot training would have been ITS, then EFTS and then BGS etc if washed out.
    Any ideas why he would have gone to BGS first?
    Was it common to sign up for an aircrew trade and then decide to opt for pilot training?
    Any ideas?
    Thanks for your ongoing help.
    Bob

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    Hello

    I think that his initial stay in B.G.S. was only as a "aircrafthand", helping with minor duties, sweeping hangars, pushing planes in / out, helping to refuel them, etc... While waiting for a new course to start in I.T.S.

    Other opinions welcome obviously

    Joss

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    That would make sense.
    I had pulled his personnel file in Ottawa and did not see any "reports" from the initial BGS stay. Just assumed they were not filed. What you are suggesting fits the narrative.
    Cheers,
    Bob

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