Remembering Today 16/8/44 Leading Aircraftman:William Davis,1014251,Royal Air Force Volunteer Res

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    DAVIS, WILLIAM
    Rank:
    Leading Aircraftman
    Service No:
    1014251
    Date of Death:
    16/08/1944
    Age:
    33
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Grave Reference:
    Lot 332. Grave 9.
    Cemetery:
    WALLACEBURG (RIVER VIEW) CEMETERY
    Additional Information:
    Son of Alfred and Louie Davis, of Wolverhampton, England; husband of Elsie May Davis, of Bushbury, Wolverhampton.
    Casualty Details
     
  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

  3. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    LAC Davis may have been an U/T Pilot,Navigator or Air Bomber under the Empire Training Scheme.Looks to have entered the RAF at Padgate in September 1939....hence categorised as RAFVR,

    Being an LAC and his age,he may have had a trade initial to U/T in Canada as from 23 June 1943,classification for direct entrant recruits for all aircrew U/T remained as AC2 until they passed out as Sergeants or as Pilot Officers.
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  6. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    33 SFTS was established at RCAF Carberry, Manitoba, in 1940 and was disbanded in November 1944. Harry's theory about a trade would explain the discrepancy between LAC Davis's enlistment in Sept 1939 and his death at an SFTS in August 1944; if he'd gone straight in as PNB U/T he'd presumably have been back in Britain before then. As I understand it, the RCAF ran Carberry as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan so ground crew, etc., were presumably not imported from the UK?

    Cheers, Pat.

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    No 33 SFTS (source:No. 33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba)
     
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