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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Wings are given provisionally when someone is undertaking basic training. They are not considered to be fully earned, until the man has justified himself in productive flying, and if someone has failed at the end of his training, there is no reason why he should go on through the rest of his Service life wear- ing wings which intimate that he has done productive flying when as a fact he has not done so.