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RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« on: Thursday 29 May 08 13:37 BST (UK) »
Within the paperwork i have relating to one of my relatives is a certificate for a Royal Air Force Apprenticeship completed between August 1943 and August 1946. He underwent an apprenticeship in the trade as an Instrument Maker and would have been about 16 yrs at the beginning of this.

Can anyone tell me if apprenticeships were common at this time, was it part of national service, and would the person have a record with the RAF? I do not know if he went on to serve in the RAF as I have exceptionally scant info about this person.

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Re: RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 29 May 08 13:50 BST (UK) »
Hi Baggins

welcome to roots, have you tried contacting this site

http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/raf.html

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Re: RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« Reply #2 on: Friday 30 May 08 19:47 BST (UK) »
Apprenticeships and boys training was very common through to the late 1960's. The term signed on for was either 9yrs and 3 reserve or 12 yrs straight, both from the age of 18 yrs, regardless of joining age. As these were regulars it was instead of national service. This sort of training was used in all three services, and the training was of the highest quality.
If you have the persons service number, or their date of joining it is easy  to get a copy of the full service record.
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Re: RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« Reply #3 on: Friday 30 May 08 22:05 BST (UK) »
Indeed they went right through the 1980s and are still extant today as Modern Apprenticeships!!  ;D

Harrogate was the Army Apprenticeship College...Now the Army Foundation College.

Entry from age 16 as a Junior Soldier

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Re: RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« Reply #4 on: Friday 30 May 08 22:07 BST (UK) »
Thanks for that Barry.  I dont know anything about their service except the dates, trade and RAF base name which appear on the apprentice certificate.  Would this info be sufficient to apply for the service record, or would i be hoping for too much?

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Re: RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 31 May 08 14:09 BST (UK) »
Hi Zoe
Can't say for certain, but it is probably enough to find the service number and get you the service record. Cheers
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Re: RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 01 June 08 06:29 BST (UK) »
In order to apply for a servicemans record you will obviously need his service number.  If he is deceased you will need to provide his death certificate and also prove that you, or the person applying is a close relation, IE wife, son or daughter etc.

Check here for details http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/raf.html

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Re: RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 01 June 08 14:03 BST (UK) »
Where did the relative do the apprenticeship and what were the dates shown on the paperwork?  Most of the apprentice schools have old boy associations.  Barry
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Re: RAF Apprenticeship 1943-46
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 01 June 08 20:20 BST (UK) »
Barrie

The info on the certificate is that the apprenticeship was completed between August 1943 and August 1946. He underwent an apprenticeship in the trade as an Instrument Maker.  This was at RAF Halton.

Zoe