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How were pilots assigned their squadrons?

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Topic: How were pilots assigned their squadrons?
Posted By: Aunt Lil
Subject: How were pilots assigned their squadrons?
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2015 at 10:53
Can anyone shed any light on how newly qualified pilots were assigned to a particular squadron? I'm wondering how my ancestor came to be sent to 11 Squadron in May 1916, just as it was beginning to select pilots specifically for scout planes. I don't want to assume that he had any special skill and there isn't much evidence to suggest he flew scouts other than on very few occasions but I'm intrigued as to how generally how the pilots were selected.

Would it have been more who he knew rather than what?

Many thanks!



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