Incapacitated N.C.O.s (Rank)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons on 25th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Touche Mr Gordon Touche , Reigate

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the anxiety caused to Royal Air Force non-commissioned officers on operational duties by the fact that in the event of being temporarily incapacitated by wounds or illness they are liable to forfeit their rank, which both involves loss of pay and is liable to be misunderstood by the public; and whether he can make a statement on the subject?

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

My hon. Friend is, I think, under a misapprehension. Airmen who are temporarily withdrawn from aircrew duty on account of wounds or illness do not forfeit their rank.