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    Hi,

    in the ORB of 24 OTU of 31.7./1.8.1942 are remarks about the crews being screened or not screened. Here is an example:

    Sgt. Silva (pilot)
    Sgt. Black (Nav.)
    Sgt. Whicher (W/Op)
    Sgt. Whiting (A/G)
    (screened crew, except Sgt. Black)

    I understand that the crew has completed a tour ina Squadron and came to this OTU except Sgt. Black. Was Sgt. Black a pupil having not been in a Squadron, or could it be that he was stationed as an instructor or so at this OTU? What do you think?

    Thanks.

    Marcel

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    May be that Sgt Black hadn't completed a tour, although it is is difficult to understand why an OTU would be commenting on screened crews. Regards, Terry

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    Hi Marcel,

    The appendices indicate that three Flights were created for the purpose of the raid; B and C Flights being the operational ones that night.
    B Flight was made up of senior pupil crews and C Flight were screened instructors. As this crew were in C Flight it would suggest that they were all screened instructors with the exception of Sgt Black who I would guess was a senior pupil drafted into the Flight due the lack of an instructor for whatever reason.

    Terry, it was one of the 1000 bomber raids and 24 OTU supplied 16 aircraft and crews for the raid, six senior pupil crews and ten screened instructor crews.

    Pete

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    Hi Terry and Pete,

    thanks for your answers.

    The raid was a "Grand National" raid consisting of 630 a/c, so OTU a/c had to take part too. In this raid there were 33% a/c from OTUs.

    Best

    Marcel

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