27 January 1917 – Training Reorganised

The Royal Flying Corps has approval to expand to 106 service squadrons and to 97 training squadrons. Unsurprisingly, the continued expansion of the RFC to meet operational demands has put additional demands on the Training Brigade.

At this point, the number of training squadrons and schools has just become too large to be managed centrally. Consequently, the Training Brigade, commanded by Brigadier-General John Maitland Salmond, has been decentralized into three ‘Group Commands’ with headquarters at York (Northern), London (Eastern), and Salisbury (Southern). The new commands are responsible, under the direction of Brigadier-General Salmond, for the training and administration of all Training Brigade units within their defined areas.

New schools have been opened at Farnborough for Photography and the preliminary training of Armourers, and at Loch Doon and at Turnberry for Aerial Gunnery.

The proposed training schools to be set up in Canada are not yet operational, but the training School established in Egypt is now going. It has recently exhausted its supply of recruits from locally based units and has War Office to send out 60 pupils a month for training.

As well as the training of pilots, a new regime has been introdcuded for air mechanics. They will now undergo a preliminary course of eight weeks at Coley Park, Reading, and will then pass to the Scottish School of Fitters at Edinburgh, or to the Central Flying School at Upavon, for a further course of eight weeks, after which they will be posted to a unit as fully trained.




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