Grounded Flying Personnel (Status).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

There is no difference in practice, except this. The airman who has been trained for air crew duties reverts to his status as aircraftman, unless he has a basic trade, and later on he will have opportunities of being trained for a trade. In the case of an officer who, without there being any medical grounds for his failure, has forfeited the confidence of his commanding officer in his reliability and his willingness to face danger, he is called upon to resign his commission. When he has resigned his commission, he becomes available to be called up under the National Service Acts, and to be given such duties as he is suited for.