Royal Air Force (Flying Badges)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Photo of Mr Harold Balfour Mr Harold Balfour , Isle of Thanet

Flying badges are awarded on a provisional basis on completion of basic training and are not considered to have been fully earned, until the holder has been engaged in productive flying. If a pilot is withdrawn from aircrew duties, the question of his retaining or relinquishing the badge is considered in relation to the cause of withdrawal. The badge is, normally, relinquished by personnel withdrawn from flying duties before becoming engaged on productive flying, and by personnel who have failed to carry out their flying duties satisfactorily. I see no reason why these rules should be changed.