Letter to Harold Wakefield from RAF records office



Letter to Harold Wakefield from RAF records office


States that he would not be possible for him to be a fully qualified wireless operator/air gunner for a long rime and invites him to consider an alternative as a flight engineer. Outlines flight engineer training.



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One page typewritten letter


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Telephone: Reading 81685.


Date: 4 JUN 1942

Ref: ZA1/17230.

To: No. 1582185 AC2 Wakefield, H. E.

With reference to your acceptance for service for training as a wireless operator with a view to eventual employment as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, you are informed that owing to circumstances which have arisen it will not be possible for you to become a fully qualified Wireless Operator/Air Gunner for a very long time.

2. You are therefore invited to accept alternative training as a Flight Mechanic, with a view eventually to qualifying as a Flight Engineer (a fitter, who is a member of the crew of multi-engined aircraft). In this way you will, if you pass all your stages of training satisfactorily, become "aircrew" earlier than if you remain in your present mustering.

3. Applicants who are considered suitable will be trained first for the trade of Flight Mechanic (Group II), and subsequently for the trade of Fitter II E(group I). On qualifying as Fitter II E further training will be given to fit them for aircrew duties. Candidates must pass each stage of training with a high standard in order to qualify themselves for the next stage. Candidates who eventually qualify as Flight Engineers will receive N.C.O. rank and wear the Air Gunner badge.

4. Please tear off the reply slip below, and complete and return it in the paid addressed envelope enclosed, at an early date. Arrangements will be made for your early recall from deferred service, if you accept. You will undergo a trade test on recall, and if you are not considered suitable for the training outlined above, you will be retained in the service for training in your existing category. You should clearly understand that if you accept this invitation you will have to remuster to ACH/Flight Mechanic if found fit.

for Air Commodore,
Air Officer i/c Records, Royal Air Force.


Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Letter to Harold Wakefield from RAF records office,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 4, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/33769.

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