One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The lowest rank of officer in the RAF, above warrant officer and below flying officer.
- ‘One, written by Frank Ziegler remembers a colleague Belgian pilot officer who flew with the RAF Voluntary Reserve and who won the Distinguished Flying Cross and Belgian Croix de Guerre but paid for his bravery with his life.’
- ‘The majority of RAF cadets who graduated were named sergeant pilots, and maybe six or eight were given officer rank of pilot officer.’
- ‘It is a picture of an accented, upper-class pilot officer, fighting for a countryside of blue skies, Constable clouds and farmland with equestrian figures.’
- ‘During WW2 he was a pilot officer in the photographic branch of the RAF which took him to Egypt and gave him the opportunity to visit the tombs there.’
- ‘More than 150 Air Force administration officers from pilot officer to group captain attended the inaugural Administration Officers' Conference at RAAF Base Williamtown on August 6-7.’
- ‘He was commissioned as a pilot officer on October 1 in 1939.’
- ‘More than 60 years on, his brother looked on yesterday as a plaque was presented to his old school, remembering the 22-year-old who died just a month after becoming a commissioned pilot officer.’
- ‘Mark Bowden, 21, has successfully completed six months training for an initial pilot officer qualification at RAF Cranwell in Lancashire.’
- ‘Recommended for a cadetship, he began pilot training, qualifying as a pilot officer in 1928.’
- ‘Mr Grace and five other air crew including warrant officer Brian Jones from Bierley and pilot officer Graham Smith, who was married and lived in Harrogate, were killed.’
- ‘In particular, it would not normally be expected that a pilot officer would competently be able to fulfil all the duties commensurate to the rank of squadron leader and the same for a leading aircraftman to sergeant.’
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