Re: Ferry and Transport Command.May 4 2010 at 3:32 PM
Steve C. (Login stevecobden)
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Response to Ferry and Transport Command.
From what limited info there is, it sounds like FC/TC used BOAC civilian ranking (also used by the ATA), which is rather odd - and the info I've gathered is based upon limited info, but seems to be as such:
4 rings: Senior Captain. Not come across one, and I strongly suspect it to be used mainly as the equivalent of Commodore of a shipping company
2 1/2 (doesn't appear to be a 3!): Flight Captain
2: 1st Officer
1 1/2 (similar USN Lt. JG. insignia): 2nd Officer
1: 3rd Officer
In BOAC, R/O's wore wavy lace, but I've only seen one chap wearing such and that was a 3rd Officer - as such I do not know if there was such a thing as a 2nd Officer R/O who wore 1 1/2 wavy rings. Similarly with Navigators - only seen single ringers.
The other confusing thing is the reference to "Captain x was pilot, Captain y was co pilot and Captain z was flight engineer". Whether this means that they were all Flight Captains, or whether anyone who was qualified as a pilot was referred to as Captain, or whether everyone was referred to as Captain I know not - there is absolutely no reference to any other form of address in the books I have available! In any case, in didn't follow modern form of "the Pilot is Captain, the Co-Pilot 1st Officer, and Flight Engineer 2nd Officer", even if the Pilot and Co-Pilots are both four ringers.
So, it at the very least is a bit confusing, but seems likely to be very confusing indeed