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    Default Training of Wireless Operator/Air Gunners

    I have just come across an aspect of training which I havenít seen before. In an online RNZAF source it states that the chap I am researching studied Air Gunnery via a correspondence course in 1940 before attending ground school. He then gets shipped to Canada in 1941 where he completes his training at No 4 Bombing & Gunnery School. He is then shipped to U.K. in 1942 where he is sent to No.1 Signals School and from there he goes to No. 19 O.T.U., where he apparently also qualifies as a Bomb Aimer. He then joins 78 Squadron in May 1942.

    So my questions are as follows:

    Was training by correspondence commonplace in the early stages of the war?

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    Was it common practice for WOp/AGs to be additionally qualified as Bomb Aimers at an O.T.U.,in 1942?

    Whilst operational he flies predominantly as a Bomb Aimer, but also one operation as an Air Gunner.

    Many thanks
    Daz

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    Default Re: Training of Wireless Operator/Air Gunners

    Do you have his name?
    Errol

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    Default Re: Training of Wireless Operator/Air Gunners

    Yep, Sgt Albert Edgar Arnold.

    Daz

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