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    Entered on a Air Bombers RAF service record for 7 Oct 1942 is "1SS". I have deciphered it as possibly being "No.1 Signal School" It appears after " 22 Sep 1942-ACDC " and appears to last 24 weeks until "31 Mar 1943-ACDC" then followed by embarkation to Canada on 6 Apr 1943. Could someone assist me with the identification and function of "1SS" Thank you.
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    Hi
    From Flying Training and Support Units since 1912- Ray Sturtivant and John Hamlin, 1 Signal School was based at Cranwell North in Lincolnshire and trained Wireless operators. In early '43 it was re-designated 1 Wireless School.That you are following up a Bomb Aimer need not be unusual. I have come across others who were trained as W/OP-Ag's who finished up as bomb aimers,it was not unknown for Aircrew in training to be moved from one discipline to another as the need was percieved at the time, and it was sometime in 1942 that the Specialist Air Bomber was introduced with it's own "B" aircrew badge and separate Training Course
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    Thank you Dick.
    Your answer has explained everything but throws up a further question: When I read the service records of a RAAF bomb aimer who was on the same crew as my father, he was always "the Bomb Aimer" and was trained from scratch. As the RAF airman I'm currently researching could have changed from another function, are they then referred to as "Air Bombers"? or are the two titles linked to the nationalities? or does one title supercede the other?
    Norman

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    Hi Norman

    The official title is Air Bomber but they were popularly known as bomb aimers. There is no nationality distinction

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    It is a matter of slack terminology. The Official RAF title was Air Bomber but Bomb Aimer came into use fairly quickly and seems to have been accepted even in Official Documents on occaision. It was probably re-inforced when the "B" brevet came into use. I don't believe that there was any difference in the tasks, but in the earlier war years the task was incidental to other duties,(although there was training for it) where later it was a Speciality on it's own with it's own course.I have one example of a RAAF Sgt arriving in UK as a W/op-A/g and described in the Crew list, that was sent from Sqn to Group when the a/c was lost, as the Air Bomber (Jul '42). He could have been given training in OZ as he attended both Wireless- and Bombing- and Gunnery Schools, but Errol Martin pointed out that it is more likely that he got training in Bomb Aiming after reaching the Sqn when the need was percieved.
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    Thank you Eddie, thank you Dick.

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