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"Boys" at CFS Upavon 1918


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The April 1918 issue of Speedy, "The C.F.S. Magazine", asks for contributions from "Boys, Americans, Waacs".  Who were the "Boys"? Were they very young personnel or was the word merely an informal term for servicemen on the the airfield?  Perhaps it was a play on the establishment being a "school"?

(At that stage of the war, American pilots were training at several Wiltshire airfields and the magazine includes a photo of some 60 WAAC "Staff of Waitresses and Cooks" - and another full-page one  of Lt Col L A Strange, "our late assistant commandant".)

 

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24 minutes ago, Moonraker said:

The April 1918 issue of Speedy, "The C.F.S. Magazine", asks for contributions from "Boys, Americans, Waacs".  Who were the "Boys"? Were they very young personnel or was the word merely an informal term for servicemen on the the airfield?  Perhaps it was a play on the establishment being a "school"?

(At that stage of the war, American pilots were training at several Wiltshire airfields and the magazine includes a photo of some 60 WAAC "Staff of Waitresses and Cooks" - and another full-page one  of Lt Col L A Strange, "our late assistant commandant".)

 

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Moonraker - Cranwell had a 'Boy's Training Wing' to which my Grandfather was transferred (presumably as an Instructor) in August 1918.  Details of this particular 'unit' have proved elusive so I'd be interested in any replies to this post.

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Thanks for the speedy replies. Belatedly, I've just looked at my copy of CFS by John W R Taylor, but can see no references. Pete: I see what you mean about details of the Wing being elusive - Googling produced little.

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