Aces High, Volume 2. A Further Tribute to the Most Notable by Christopher Shores

By Christopher Shores

This quantity updates the data within the first quantity and provides a few new names. details has been extra at the pilots who won good fortune opposed to the V-1 flying bombs in the course of 1944-45. element is usually supplied on these devices within which almost the entire fighter pilots served at it slow or one other - the fighter Operational education devices - and of professional devices comparable to the primary Gunnery college, Fighter Leader's institution and Fighter Experimental devices. there's additionally assurance of the one different conflicts within which British pilots were capable of declare victories for the reason that 1945 - Korea and the Falklands clash.

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Since publication of that book, a long and fruitful correspondence has taken place with Bruce Burton of Hove, Sussex, who has provided a wealth of information in regard to many of the pilots dealt with herein, arising from his research in depth of the London Gazette. Additionally, he has instructed me in the intricacies of the allocation of Royal Air Force service numbers, as a result of which it has become clear that much can be deduced regarding a pilot simply from an understanding of the background to the service number(s) allocated to him.

This is not precisely an NCO, for every rank below commissioned officer is podoficer) The alternative route for both officers and other ranks, but particularly for air force ground personnel and observer/navigators, was to train at an operational unit. Air Regiments (Pulk Lotniczy) had their own training Eskadras, which operated as both elementary flying training units and for operational training. Before the war there were six operational bases in Poland, each numbered as a Pulk Lotniczy. 1 Pulk Lotniczy was at Warsaw, 2 at Crakow, 3 at Poznan, 4 at Torun, 5 at Lida (now in Belarus) and 6 at Lwow (now Lviv in the Ukraine).

Further, while regular RAF NCOs retained their original service numbers, no matter how often they changed trades or duties, reservists did change numbers when transferring from one scheme to another. For instance, Class ‘F’ of the RAF Reserve of Pilots transferring to the RAFVR in 1937–38 relinquished numbers in the 700000 range for RAFVR numbers in the 740000–759999 block. 700000–700697 Class ‘F’ Reserve September 1934–June 1936 700698–700800 British enlistments, Middle East August 1941 700801–700850 Enlistments in Trinidad and Bermuda September 1941–July 1942 700861–700999 Local enlistments, Middle East November 1942 701000–702935 RAFVR conscripts July–September 1939 703000–709999 Polish enlistments March 1942 710000–710060 Class‘E’ Reserve (direct entry) January 1936 710061–711999 Enlistments in Rhodesia June–November 1941 712000–712999 Enlistments in Middle East November 1942 713000–717499 Enlistments in West Indies December 1943–April 1944 718000–722999 Yugoslavs in North Africa and Italy February–June 1944 723000–728499 Enlistments in West Indies September–December 1944 729000–733999 Polish enlistments May 1945 740000–759999 RAFVR pilots and aircrew January 1937–September 1939 760000–762617 RAFVR Civilian Wireless Reserve August 1939 769000–769399 Local enlistments, Middle East August 1945 770000–771499 RAFVR Ground Section (ops Rooms) October 1938–September 1939 771500–773999 Enlistments in India November 1939 774000–776199 Local enlistments in Middle East November 1939–June 1940 776200–776499 Southern Rhodesians in Middle East June 1940 776500–776508 Local enlistments in Iraq March 1941 776509–776599 Local enlistments in Middle East January 1944 776600–777599 Maltese enlistments February 1940–March 1941 777600–778999 Enlistments in Rhodesia June 1940 779000–779499 Rhodesians in Iraq and Middle East May–July 1940 780000–784999 Enlistments of Poles in UK December 1939–August 1940 785000–786999 Enlistments in Far East July 1940 787000–788999 Enlistments of Czechs in UK July 1940–November 1941 791000–791094 French in Middle East and Aden July 1940 791100–791200 Enlistments in Middle East November 1940 791201–791900 Yugoslavs in Middle East February 1944 792001–795000 Enlistments of Poles in UK August 1940 795001–795750 Maltese enlistments August 1942 796751–797750 Enlistments in Bahamas January 1944 797751–787950 Belgians in South Africa July 1943 797951–798449 Enlistments in Cyprus August 1944 798450–798499 Enlistments in Rhodesia and Bechuanaland January 1941 798500–799549 Enlistments in Newfoundland August 1940 The 800000 series for the Auxiliary Air Force began with great simplicity, with the second and third numbers being the same as the second and third numerals of the squadron number.

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