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Old 31st Aug 2023, 19:42
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Aircrew training 1940 onwards.

I am writing the history of a W.W.2 Lancaster rear-gunner;.He was at No 1- ACRC Regents Park in 1943; 'passing out' from Regents Park he went to an Initial Training Wing.
Part of the training @ Regents Park were Aptitude Tests..
My question is- Did the Aptitude Test define his future role in the RAF or would that have happened at the I.T.W.?
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My understanding is that ACRC was primarily the introduction to service life - inoculations, drill, PT etc. - while ITWs covered more aircrew-specific topics such as aircraft recognition, plus lots more drill and PT. By 1943 I think people were being streamed early on: I've seen Aircrew Candidate Selection Boards in people's service records and booklets with titles like "You are going to be a Pilot/Navigator/Air Bomber". The selection boards may have been held at ACRC, but from memory there were several around the country, and chaps' trade was shown on entry as "Aircraft Hand General Duties/u/t pilot [etc.]" which suggests the selection had already been made - equally, the aptitude tests could have been used to check the recommendations made by the selection boards..
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Try this thread:-
Gaining An R.A.F Pilots Brevet In WW II
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Thank you,

That helps a lot.....
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