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    Default Need information regarding aircrew on Leave

    When a crew's pilot went on leave, were the rest of his crew given leave at the same time? Or did they hang around pilot-less till he returned?
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    Hi Mary-Anne,

    I would say it depends, but in the most cases and in the later part of WWII yes - the crews were given holiday at the same time to keep the trained team together.

    Pavel
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    Default Re: Need information regarding aircrew on Leave

    Thanks Pavel, it seems like that would be the logical thing to do so I'll assume my bomb aimer got leave at the same time
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    Hi Mary-Anne,

    I know a lot of English members of a crews would take their non English members of their crew to their homes to meet their families as the Aussie, Kiwi or Canadian members had nobody to visit.

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    Default Re: Need information regarding aircrew on Leave

    Individuals or crews on leave always had to regularly keep in touch (and have a contact phone number for their "away" location, be it a hotel or some other lodging, or a relative's phone number if they had one) so that they could be contacted relatively quickly by the headquarters responsible for keeping an eye on them during the period of leave, in case of unexpected emergencies. It was usual for whole crews to be granted leave (say at the end of a tour of duty, or after attending a specialist course, or even before departure for an overseas posting) and they could all go their separate ways, or several of them, especially individuals from overseas with no relatives in the UK, could stick together and stay in same hotels or clubs, and visit interesting areas in the nearest big town, including "tourist magnets". Others could look up long lost or barely known relatives anywhere in the UK, but you had to be pretty certain that you reported back to the RAF before your leave period expired, there would be consequences unless you had a pretty good excuse!
    David D (PS, I have picked up most of this information from reading diaries of (mostly RNZAF) personnel of Bomber Command from various stages of the war.)

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    Default Re: Need information regarding aircrew on Leave

    My Dad's Rear Gunner told me they all normally stuck together on leave, and that the Strand Palace Hotel in London was a favourite spot. On another occasion they took advantage of Lord Nuffield's scheme of providing aircrew with a week's free stay at a Hotel, and spent the week at the Caledonian Hotel in Aberdeen.

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