Welcome letter from Secretary of State for Air

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Title

Welcome letter from Secretary of State for Air

Description

Welcome letter congratulating recipient on being selected for aircrew training with immediate entry. Goes on to exhort recipient to keep fit and that the honour of the Royal Air Force is in recipient hands.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1945-02-03

Contributor

Robin Christian
David Bloomfield

Rights

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Format

One page printed document and envelope

Language

Identifier

EAirMinistryBrittainJT440203-0001, EAirMinistryBrittainJT440203-0002

Coverage

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

Transcription

AIR GUNNER (IMMEDIATE)

[post mark]

2227748 AC2. Brittain, J.T.,
3, Chandos Road,
Chorlton-cum-Hardy,
MANCHESTER, 21.

SECRETARY OF STATE FOR AIR

[page break]

[Secretary of State for Air crest]

AIR MINISTRY
WHITEHALL, S.W.1.

3rd February, 1944.

A MESSAGE OF WELCOME from [underlined] THE SECRETARY OF STAE FOR AIR. [/underlined]

You are now an airman and it gives me great pleasure to welcome you into the Royal Air Force.

To have been selected for air crew training is a great distinction. The Royal Air Force demands a high standard of physical fitness and alertness from its flying crews. Relatively few attain that standard, and I congratulate you on passing the stringent tests.

Not only have you passed these stringent tests, but you have been recommended for immediate entry into training, instead of returning to civil life to await your turn for recall. You are exceptionally fit now or you would not have been chosen. See that you keep fit. Work hard but live temperately, and make yourself proficient at your flying job.

In wishing you success in the Service of your choice I would like to add this : The honour of the Royal Air Force is in your hands. Our country’s safety and the final overthrow of the powers of evil now arrayed against us depend upon you and your comrades. You will be given the best aircraft and armament that the factories of Britain and America can produce. Learn how to use them.

Good Luck !

Archibald Sinclair

SECRETARY OF STATE FOR AIR.

Citation

Great Britain. The secretary of state for air, “Welcome letter from Secretary of State for Air,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 28, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9925.

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