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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if there is available any information about the age of pilots trained in the BCATP in Canada during WWII?

    My man was 35 when selected as pilot u/t and 36 when finished SFTS.

    From my point of view he was a pretty old chap to be pilot!

    Any comments appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices)':

    "HEGMAN, Squadron Leader John Alfred*, DSO, DFC, (pff).
    NZ411508; b Auckland 23 Jun 04*; Auckland Grammar (1st XV); valuer - Govt Valuation Dept, Auckland. NZ Army/TF (10 Bty 9 Hvy Regt NZA) 3 mths; RNZAF Levin/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 2 Mar 41, 4EFTS 13 Apr 41, 1st solo 24 Apr 41, emb for Canada 18 Jun 41, att RCAF 3 Jul 41, 10SFTS 6 Jul 41, Pilots Badge & Sgt/Comm 25 Sep 41, 1 Y Depôt 3 Oct 41, att RAF & emb for UK 6 Oct 41, 3PRC 19 Oct 41, 1515BATF 10 Nov 41, 11OTU (Wellington) [did not fly at] 25 Nov 41, 1PDC (for emb for Egypt) 1 Jan 42, arr 6 Mar 42, Khartoum Comm Flt (various a/c types) 31 Mar 42, 1412 Met Flt (Gladiator) 12 May 42, 162 Sqn (Wellington - 54 ops) 13 Jun 42, 22PTC, by air to UK c.11-16 Feb 43, 11OTU (Wellington) as instr 19 Mar 43 [att 92GIF (Wellington) for cse 24 Mar-16 Apr], slightly inj in c/ldg after e/f 16 Jun 43, 7 Sqn (Lancaster - 20 ops) 1 Nov 43 [att PFFNTU (Lancaster) 2-9 Nov], PFF Badge 11 Dec 43, kao 15 Feb 44. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - 2.N.8, Germany. Son of Alfred August Herman & Mary Elizabeth Clair Hegman (née George), Auckland. Note: * birth reg as John Alfred Hans Hegman and gave birth year as 1916 on enlistment. [OHT2, OHT3, BSD & phot. TWN 21.4.43, 22.3.44 & 19.4.44]."

    Hegman was thus 37 years 13 days old when he arrived at 10SFTS at Dauphin.

    Hegman had 'reduced' his age to 26 on enlistment in the RNZAF. The maximum permitted age at the time was 27. It is interesting to speculate how he covered up the descrepancy during the aircrew medical.

    Errol

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    Many thanks for you post Errol.
    So I am changing my sentence from "the oldest" to "one of the oldest":-)

    Pavel
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