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    Can anybody give me an idea of the number of crews attending a single course at both a Bomber Command OTU and HCU? I'm particularly interested in the mid to late 1944 period, if there's any significance to dates.
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    I have the following for the 20 OTU intake for May 1944 from the unit ORB. They were split into French and British, though in reality British would probably be better described as British & Commonwealth.

    Pilots: 56 (12 French, 44 British).
    Navigators: 58 (13 French, 45 British).
    Air Bombers: 57 (14 French, 43 British).
    Wireless Operators: 54 (13 French, 41 British).
    Air Gunners: 113 (28 French, 85 British).

    I have good figures for most of the output, except Air Gunners, they are all but missing from the bottom of the photo i took with only the upper part of each digit visible.

    Pilots: 39 (8 French, 31 British).
    Navigators: 35 (8 French, 27 British).
    Air Bombers: 35 (8 French, 27 British).
    Wireless Operators: 35 (8 French, 27 British).
    Air Gunners: 58 (6 French, 52 British).

    I also have the following figures from August 1942:

    Pilots: 36 in, 22 out.
    Navigators: 32 in, 22 out.
    Bombardiers: 34 in, 23 out.
    Wireless Operator / Air Gunner: 34 in, 23 out.

    October 1942:

    Pilots: 33 in, 23 out.
    Navigators: 39 in, 23 out.
    WT/AG: 33 in, 22 out.
    Bomb Aimer: 32 in, 23 out.
    Air Gunners: 32 in, 23 out.
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    Thanks again Al, just the ticket. I think the OTU ORBs are Air 29 series at the NA, is that right?
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    Yes they are in AIR 29/ mostly in the 500-700 range from memory.
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    hi max
    ive sent you 2 mails with the details of the period in dec 44 when my uncle took his heavy conversion to the Halifax with 1667 HCU at RAF Sandtoft
    regards dave

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    Thanks Dave, e-mail received plus attachments. Will have a good look through this evening, they're much appreciated.
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