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    Could anyone advise on whether there was a single date in the 1950's when those that had been released under Class A release were discharged from service or was the discharge date equal to release date + x number of years / months

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    FOR COMPLETENESS

    Further research has identified the following:

    The Navy, Army and Air Force Reserves Act, 1954, laid down that any men who had served in the forces since the outbreak of war, including those who had completed their service under the National Service Acts, should be members of the Reserve until they reached the age of 45, or until the 30th June 1959, whichever was the sooner.
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    Hi Pete

    I've just received a F2520A 'RAF Service and Release Book' and it gives the difference between Class 'A', 'B' & 'C' releases and this has nothing to do with Reserve commitment.

    Personnel released, regardless of Release Class, were placed in Class 'G' of the RAF Reserve and it was this commitment that ended at age 45 or on 30 Jun 1959.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm

    Thanks for the response.

    My understanding is that everyone was assigned to a Class A Release Group Number, with some personnel (required for urgent reconstruction work) being offered Class B Release (I am assuming that Class C = Compassionate)

    What I think you are adding is that, when released, they were all placed in Class G Reserve, and then discharged in accordance with the 1954 Act.

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    From the wording in the book I wouldn't say Class 'B' were 'offered' the choice, it states: -

    "You have been released at the request of the Ministry of Labour and National Service. You will be directed by that Ministry to your reconstruction employment for the purposes to which you have been released."

    It goes on to say: -

    "If at any time you discontinue such employment, save for reasons of ill-health, your release will be revoked and you will be recalled to Service"

    Class 'C' was on compassionate grounds.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm

    Thanks, once again for your feedback.

    I am not sure if the booklet you have is the same as mine (Release and Resettlement [which I believe was issued in September 1944]) but the wording I have is as follows

    Release in Class B

    Certain urgent work of reconstruction, mainly building houses, will have to begin at once and the general scheme for release by age and length of war service will not of itself provide for the return of men with the required skill and experience in sufficient numbers and quickly enough for this reconstruction work. A limited number of men will therefore be given the option of transfer to selected industries out of their age and war service order, subject to special conditions; this will be known as Class B Release.

    I would be interested in seeing what you have if you could e-mail it to me

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    Hi Pete

    What I have is F2520A and this example was issued to an airman leaving the service in 1946 so the conditions regarding Class B may have changed after between 1944 and 1946.

    It is made up of a number of separate forms numbered 2520/11, /12, /13, /14, /18, /19, /20, /21, /23, /24, /25, and 2520/26 so it looks like there were probably earlier incarnations of the book with variations in content.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm

    Thanks again for the response; I think we are quoting from the same document, with my wording on Page 5 and yours on Page 8. I think the meaning is the same in that the Minister of Labour / National Service would decide who would be selected for earlier release (but the individual had the option to decline).

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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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