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    Default Possible reasons for why a WOP/AG may not have gone on to an OTU in 1943

    Hi

    I am researching an airman who enlisted in June 1941 having been recommended for training as a WO (Air). I have tracked him via his service record as attending signals schools at Blackpool and Yatesbury and qualifying as a WOP (Air) in June 1942. In October 1942 he was posted to RAF Madley, I believe for operational flying training and then attended 3 Air Gunnery school at RAF Mona in January 1943. It's from here that his career path changes direction. He wasn't promoted to Sergeant and posted to an OTU for further aircrew training which I understand would have been the 'natural progression' for him but was posted to 14 MU at Carlisle in March 1943 for a brief spell before a posting to RAF Chigwell in April 1943with an 'X' in the reason box on his service record. I understand Chigwell was a base for radio training so he was possibly sent there for more training before service as a WOP with the mobile signals units of 83 Group 2nd TAF from July 1943 until the end of the War.

    There is nothing on his service record to explain the 'change of role' and my question is, can anyone say whether this would have been a normal move? I have read accounts of men being mustered at Chigwell for ground roles in 2 TAF but haven't been able to find any 'back stories' for this.

    Is it possible that he failed his gunnery course and the RAF decided to utilise his signalling skills in the newly formed 2 TAF, or might his move have been a part of the formation of 2 TAF ie, when it was being established in 1943, 2 TAF needed qualified signallers to bring them up to strength more than Bomber Command needed WOP/AGs, hence the move?.

    Thanks in anticipation

    Mike

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    Default Re: Possible reasons for why a WOP/AG may not have gone on to an OTU in 1943

    Mike,
    Yr man may have turned out to have been a very good WOP? Good WOPs can not only send/receive at fast Morse rates, but can recognise another operator’s “fist” (i.e. the sending characteristics – like being able to recognise a voice, or handwriting, for the rest of us!). There were a number of specialised WOP posts (even quite far “forward”) in 2TAF – including the Y-Service!
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    Default Re: Possible reasons for why a WOP/AG may not have gone on to an OTU in 1943

    Hi Peter
    Thank you for this it may well be right., especially when you look at the timings

    Best regards
    Mike

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    Default Re: Possible reasons for why a WOP/AG may not have gone on to an OTU in 1943

    Hi Mike
    I guess the simplest possible answer would be loss of aircrew medical category.

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    Default Re: Possible reasons for why a WOP/AG may not have gone on to an OTU in 1943

    Ross posted some great info in this recent thread on medical grades

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...service-record
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