By Gilbert S. Guinn, G.H. Bennet
Drawing on large interviews and correspondence with former cadets, including archival study, Guinn and Bennett rfile the endeavours of yank army pilots who taught over 16,000 British aviation cadets easy methods to fly and struggle. They comprehensively study the main points and influence of the scheme from an army, diplomatic, academic and cultural perspective.
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Other difficulties in enlisting for aircrew training faced those in certain types of employment. Jim Glazebrook, who eventually arrived at Pensacola in the tenth RAF class in April 1942, was a telephone engineer in Wallington. He was classified as being in a 'reserved occupation' and was not allowed to volunteer for military service at the outbreak of war or until early 1941, when special release was given to those found qualified to be pilots or navigators. On 18 August 1941 Glazebrook reported to 36 BRITISH NAVAL AVIATION IN WORLD WAR 11 London as ordered.
The war in Europe might then be coming to a bloody climax, but the Royal Navy faced the possibility - even the likelihood - that Britain's mainly naval contribution to war in the Pacific might well have to continue into 1946 or 1947. The Towers scheme was hugely important to the Fleet Air Arm. I8 In particular, the Fleet Air Arm had come to rely on the scheme to turn out the pilots needed to fly the American aircraft on wh~chit increasingly depended. The range and complexity of the training schemes for British aircrew in the United States called for an increase in administrative and support staff.
There is no system of testing instructors other than by the checking of students. 28 BRITISH NAVAL AVIATION IN WORLD WAR 11 It is believed . . that, provided the check pilots are good, a high standard is assured, and bad instructors are detected. ~6 The problem was alleviated by supplying more Royal Air Force personnel to act as instructors, and by the slowly diminishing requirements of the British and United States Navy for pilots. In March 1944 the United States Navy announced that it was cutting back the number of its own pilots in training from 25,000 to 20,000 annually.