HC Deb 17 February 1943 vol 386 cc1710-1
12. Mr. W. H. Green

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether commissions in the administrative section of the Royal Air Force carry the titles of pilot officer and acting pilot officer similar to those who have earned their commissions through a strenuous air-training course and won their wings?

Sir A. Sinclair

In the Royal Air Force as in the Army the same titles of rank are used in all branches of the Service. Officers who have qualified for aircrew duties wear the appropriate flying badge.

Mr. Green

Have the right hon. Gentleman and his Ministry considered the possibility of appropriating a title to those who have a comparatively easy task as against those who run the risks and dangers of actual flying, so that the public could distinguish between the two?

Sir A. Sinclair

No, Sir, I think it would be a most unfortunate policy. All officers and men in the Royal Air Force are liable for combatant duties. It is very important to maintain the integrity of the Royal Air Force, and we owe a great deal to the ground staff.

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