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    Hi
    When would a flight engineer get his "Wings" during his training ?

    23.06.1942 - 06.07.1942 3 Reception Centre RAF (23.06.1942 Aircraft Hand/Flight Mechanic (Engines))
    07.07.1942 - 19.08.1942 9 Reception Centre RAF
    20.08.1942 - 05.01.1943 4 School of Technical Training RAF (23.12.1942 Flight Mechanic Engines 2nd class)
    06.01.1943 - 18.05.1943 1 School of Technical Training RAF (01.05.1943 Fitter 2nd class Engines/Under Training)
    19.05.1943 - 15.06.1943 105 (Technical) Operational Training Unit RAF [23.05.1943-04.06.1943 Moreton in Marsh]
    16.06.1943 - 30.07.1943 4 School of Technical Training RAF [from 03.07.1943 M/S Avroe] (16.06.1943 Fitter 2nd class Engines/Under Training/Flight Engineer; 26.07.1943 Flight Engineer)
    31.07.1943 - 23.09.1943 Flight Engineer, 1161 Conversion Unit RAF
    24.09.1943 - 14.11.1943 Flight Engineer, 9 Squadron RAF

    Sgt Jack Maxwell Whiting sadly ended his life on 22/5-1944 when his Lancaster was shot down over Vesterlund in Denmark.
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    Hello,

    I think you'll find that Sgt Whiting was posted in to No.9 Sqn from No.1661 HCU, not 1161 CU.

    Col.
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    Well I do not know. I got the info from his son.
    Soren
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    Soren

    The Flight Engineer Brevet was presented on completion of training at 4 SOTT (this would have been at the time he was remustered as a Flight Engineer on 26th July 1943).

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    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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    Hello Soren,

    I concur with Col and Pete.

    In addition, the "T" after No. 105 in No. 105 O.T.U. is "Transport" and not "technical".

    Joss

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    Hi

    Just add a little more

    It is 3 and 9 Recruits Centres not Reception Centres, 3 was at Padgate and 9 was at Blackpool.

    Malcolm

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    He should also have been promoted to rank of Sergeant at same time as he was remustered to Flight Engineer, that is, on 26th July 1943.
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    Gents
    Thank you very much for your answers
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