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    Default Aircrew promotions, leave cycles

    Hello all, i am researching aircrew from Hull who were killed in bomber command during ww2. i am at present looking into some aircrew who all appeared to be on the same station Watton and 82 squadron during 1940. My main question is regards a leave cycle or something similar. i am assuming that aircrew were rostered for ops for a specific no of days then had a number of days off. i also am assuming that after approx 6 wks of duty they would be allowed 1 wk of leave. i think i have read this somewhere but can't find it again, i can't remember if this was for after 1942 for instance.
    I have also read that aircrew aircraftsman etc were all promoted to Sergeants during May 1940, would anyone know the exact date?
    Any help or thoughts would be much appreciated.
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    Default Re: Aircrew promotions, leave cycles

    The information I have suggests that it was agreed that Wireless Operators / Air Gunners and Air Gunners would be promoted to Temporary Sergeant with effect from 27th May 1940, but the order was not promulgated until 27th June 1940. [AMO A.416/1940 of 27 June].

    [Source: ROYAL AIR FORCE HISTORICAL SOCIETY - JOURNAL 50]
    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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    Default Re: Aircrew promotions, leave cycles

    Thank you Pete for the information, much appreciated.
    Rgds

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