While going through old e-mails, I recalled that Alistair McFarland gave me editing rights to the Association website’s blog back in August 2016, and was pleasantly surprised to find they are still valid.
Consequently, as there haven’t been any Blog posts for some time, I thought I might provide some material from my current research into 41 Squadron’s interwar pilots. I hope you find them of interest.
SOME FASCINATING FACTS AND STATISTICS
There were 199 pilots on 41 Squadron between April 1923 and August 1939, and my research has allowed me to compile some fascinating demographic and other statistical data. For example, I have established that:
And finally, to close out the list, 41 Squadron’s first post-WWI Adjutant was the only man to hold the position who was not a pilot. Having been wounded on the Western Front in May 1916, his left arm was amputated at the shoulder, and he was fitted with a prosthesis and hook. He joined the RFC in April 1917, served with the RAF throughout WWII, rose to the rank of Wing Commander, and retired in 1954.
I don’t know to what extent 41 Squadron’s statistics reflect those of other RAF squadrons during the period – I am not sure such figures even exist – but the data provides a fascinating insight into the men of the era, and the legacy inherited by today’s 41 Squadron.
[Below image: 41 Squadron Armstrong-Whitworth Siskin IIIa being serviced with oxygen at Northolt, no date but ca late 1920s (public domain)]
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