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The 58th Entry Aircraft Apprentices

RAF Halton & RAF Cranwell

In January 1948, 236 young men enlisted as Aircraft Apprentices at RAF North Weald. 12 Boy Entrants were transferred to Apprentice training bringing the entry strength to 247. Of these, 170 were trained at RAF Halton and 77 were trained at RAF Cranwell. 118 passed out (graduated) at RAF Halton in December 1950 and 50 passed out at RAF Cranwell in February 1951.

The table gives details such as the number who passed out, were back-classed to another entry, or were discharged, etc. The trades given are the enlisted trades, not the trades of the 1951 New Trade Structure.

TRADE A B C D E F G H I
FIIA (Airframes) 54 - 44 3 1 3 - 1 2
FIIE (Engines) 59 2 43 7 - 7 1 - 3
Armourers 13 1 5 3 - 1 2 - 3
Electricians 20 2 15 1 - - - - 6
Instrument Makers 17 2 11 4 - 3 1 - -
Radio/Radar 72 5 50 10 - 11 2 4 -
TOTAL 235 12 168 28 1 25 6 5 14
  • A Entered by trades
  • B Transferred from Boy Entrant training
  • C Passed out (graduated) December 1950 (Halton)/February 1951 (Cranwell)
  • D Back-classed to 59th Entry
  • E Back-classed to 64th Entry
  • F Discharged whilst at Halton/Cranwell
  • G Withdrawn from training
  • H Became skilled tradesman
  • I Disposal not recorded

The year 1998 was the 50th anniversary of the enlistment of the Entry and at the annual reunion of the Entry, held in May that year, it was agreed that a stained glass window, commemorating the 58th Entry, be commissioned for placement in St George's Church at RAF Halton.    

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