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Xerox 0710 Training of British Pilots in the United States

   
Date: February 14, 1941

Subject: Interwar


MEMORANDUM to General Arnold:

There was taken up with an American observer of importance in London, by the British authorities, their desire to see if they could not find several accommodations in the United States:

First: They would like to locate from 100 to 150 trained pilote, presuBably Reserve Officers, who could ferry planes to England from Canada, and then do ferrying work in England from factory to fields, no conbat. This would release just that many British experienced pilots and also would give some of our people a closer-up experience than we are now getting. I assume that if such an arrangement were made, it would have to be on the basis of a Reserve officer not on active duty, or that the Reserve officer would have to resign his comiaission, we undertaking the promise of recommissioning him at the end of the work. The British would pay, I believe, about $150 a week.

Second: They are very anxious to know if we might not be able to drum up some experienced men to contribute to the operation of our type of 4-engined bombers. I believe this was on the basis of actual combat operations. If we found some volunteers from the Reserve Corps who would like to try this, might we not relieve them from active duty and allow them to make their own arrangements with the British. The understanding here would be, I assume, that they could expect these men would receive favorable treatment by us on being recommissioned.

Third: They brought up again the question of the training of their pilots in this country, under the more favorable climatic conditions of the South. I think you had this up with them before, but now the matter is reaching such a state I think we ought, to entertain the proposition very seriously. I assume it would have to be done by the expansion of the several schools and we would confine it, at first at least, to the preliminary flying. Then they might pass into Canada for their basic training or it may be that a portion of the basic training might be managed in this country.

Look into all this and see what toigbt be done, and talk with me personally before you commit youreelf to a formal report.

Chief of Staff