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    The Ranks Of The Royal Air Force [ARTICLE]
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    Malaya Tribune 23 August 1941 Microfilm Reel NL2136

    The Ranks Of The Royal Air Force

    AIRCRAFTMEN

    Aircraftman - 2nd Class (A|C 2)-: Ground Staff or under training for Air Crew duties
    Aircraftman - 1st Class (A|C 1):- Ground Staff or under training for Air Crew duties
    Leading Aircraftman (LA|C):- Ground Staff or under training for Air Crew duties

    N.C.O.s

    Corporal:- Ground Staff
    Sergeant:- Ground Staff
    Sergeant Pilot:- Air Crew
    Sergeant Observer:- Air Crew
    Sergeant Air Gunner:- Air Crew
    Sergeant Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:- Air Crew
    Sergeant Radio Operator (Air):- Air Crew
    Flight Sergeant:- Ground Staff
    Flight Sergeant Pilot:- Air Crew
    Flight Sergeant Observer:- Air Crew
    Flight Sergeant Air Gunner:- Air Crew
    Flight Sergeant Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:- Air Crew
    Flight Sergeant Radio Operator (Air):- Air Crew
    Warrant Officer:- Ground Staff
    Warrant Officer Pilot:- Air Crew
    Warrant Officer Observer:- Air Crew

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    That is rather a strange list. I have never heard of aircrew under training in any classification BELOW that of LAC except in the very earliest days of WW2 (up to about June 1940). Incidentally the reference to a Radio Operator (Air) would be rather rare in the Far Eastern theatre at that time, as this category of aircrew was not even that common in Europe, and referred to the second crew member of a night-fighter so far as I know, and was actually what we would now call a radar operator. Other suggestions welcome.
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    To me this list seems to be confusing ranks and trades. Sergeant Pilot wasn't a rank - Sergeant was the rank, Pilot was the trade. On the basis of this list there should also be Sergeant Fitter, Sergeant Armourer, etc

    Just to expand on what David said do have copies of service records for Pilots who entered the RAF as ACH/u/t Pilot in the classification of AC2, they were usually reclassified LAC on moving to ITW.

    Malcolm

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