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    Default Flying personnel selection criteria 1940-1941

    Hi all,

    this theme has been discussed already in several threads in the history but I have a new case recently and I need help to clear up the situation.

    The particular criteria I am interested in is the tallness of cadets selected for WOp/AG duty.

    One account stated that maximal allowed tallness for flying personnel was 6 feet (around October 1940)

    Other source stated when Bothas were attached to AGS/BGS units for AG training in half of 1941 the criteria was changed to 5 feet 10 inches only.

    Unfortunately both are only secondhand sources.

    I would like to ask if anyone met such a criteria during research and any ideas if/where I can find any official documents regarding this criteria?

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel

    The information I have on height standards for aircrew (1939) shows that a combination of height and leg length was used for pilots, rather than a minimum height standard.
    The height standard for Observers and WOP/AG's shows a minimum height of 5' 2", but no maximum height is shown.

    I am sure I have seen reference to a height restriction for rear gunners somewhere in my archives, so I will keep digging around for you.

    Regards

    Pete
    Last edited by PeteT; 29th December 2016 at 18:54. Reason: New information found
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    - 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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    Thank you Pete for your informative answer.
    I will be glad if you would be able to dig up any additional info like "a height restriction for rear gunners"

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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