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    In late 1947, a scheme was introduced whereby each airman was assessed and given a classification of A, B, C, or D by the Bomber Command Categorisation Team.

    Does anyone have any details regarding the scheme or the meaning of these classifications?

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    Pete
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    Pete, Hi,
    When you say "airmen", do you mean (a) all Bomber Command unformed personnel, (b) only airmen - i.e. lower in rank than JNCO, or (c) specifically, aircrew Pilots?
    When I came into Bomber Command in the early 1950's there was a 4 part categorisation of Pilots in existence. It was weather-dependent - thus my interest! Pilots were categorised as Master Green Card (= yr A?), Green Card (= yr B?), White Card (= yr C?), or Unrated (= yr D?). Each Card (i.e. Pilot) was rated as having the ability to complete an approach and landing in specific aircraft in various weather conditions (I can't remember if the conditions also varied from airfield to airfield). I can't remember, but it might be possible that the Bomber Command Development Unit (BCDU) was involved (but that may have been a "cover" for nuclear weapon training/use, etc).
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    Peter

    Sorry for the confusion ... I was trying to distinguish between the individual airman classifications (categorisations) and the crew classifications (categorisations), which were introduced by Bomber Command later.

    These classifications were for all aircrew trades and were in addition to the pilot instrument flying cards that you refer to, which were also introduced in 1947.

    Regards

    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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