By Christopher Shores
This quantity updates the knowledge within the first quantity and provides a few new names. details has been additional at the pilots who received good fortune opposed to the V-1 flying bombs in the course of 1944-45. aspect can also be supplied on these devices during which almost the entire fighter pilots served at your time or one other - the fighter Operational education devices - and of professional devices equivalent to the relevant Gunnery college, Fighter Leader's college and Fighter Experimental devices. there's additionally assurance of the single different conflicts within which British pilots were capable of declare victories on account that 1945 - Korea and the Falklands clash.
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Examples Evan Dall Mackie (NZ41520) joined the service in 1941 and was the 520th recruit of the year. John Rutherford Clark Kilian (NZ1043) joined the service pre-war. Reginald Jack Hyde (NZ2440) has a number which signifies the transfer of an officer from one service (the RAF) to another (the RNZAF). The Poles Because a substantial number of the pilots dealt with herein were of Polish nationality and had, perhaps to a greater degree than any of the other nationalities who served with or alongside the RAF, already seen action and achieved early victories with their own air force, some brief detail of the circumstances in which they entered and served within that air force are now described.
Certain blocks of numbers were reserved for particular types of entrants, as is identified below. Officers commissioned directly from civilian life into the Reserve of Air Force Officers received numbers in the 70000–70999 range. RAF Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) officer numbers commenced at 72000 in 1937, reaching 89999 in January 1941. The block 60000–69999 (until then unallocated) was then introduced for RAFVR commissions, 69999 being reached by June 1941. Thereafter the number 100001 was allocated as the commencement of a new series which was to run on to reach 202000 by August 1945.
Control moved to 1 (Indian) Group in August 1945, and in March 1946 a move was made to Ambala, where the following month it was absorbed into the Advanced Flying School (India). Carey in February 1943, to train RAF, IAF and USAAF fighter pilots in current fighter tactics and gunnery for application against Japanese aircraft. Its training proved very successful. It was disbanded in May 1945, its personnel and aircraft being transferred to the Tactical & Weapons Development Unit. My thanks to Norman Franks for help with last-minute information: DRAKE Billy CHAPTER TWO Service Numbers (and a Reference to the Polish Air Force) A brief description of the basis of service numbers was included in Aces High (page 89).
Aces High, Volume 2. A Further Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and... by Christopher Shores