Apprentice Wheel

Apps Schools


(1918 - 1952)

Note: Under the "Entries" column below, the number quoted is based on the harmonised (Halton) numbering system. Where a number appears in brackets, this was the original entry number. For example 10(6BW) indicates that this was the 6th Boys Wing Entry which under the harmonised Halton numbering sequence and later known as the 10th Entry, while 15(11FL) indicates this was the 11th Flowerdown Entry which under the harmonised Halton numbering sequence was later known as the 15th Entry.

Flowerdown Entries 5(1FL) through to 14(10FL) completed all their training at Flowerdown and therefore do not appear in the table below.





Apr. 1918 - Mar. 1920


The Boys Wing
RAF Cranwell

The first contingent of RAF (Boys) moved from Halton to Cranwell in April 1918.





Mar. 1920 - Apr. 1921

No.s 1(1BW), 2(2BW) and 3(3BW).

Renamed No. 2 School
of Technical Training

The numbering of Boy Mechanic (and through to later Aircraft Apprentice) Entries commenced in March 1920.





Apr. 1921 - Oct. 1925

No.s (1BW), 2(2BW), 3(3BW), 4(4BW), 8(5BW) and 10(6BW)

The Boys Wing

In January 1922 Lord Trenchard created Aircraft Apprenticeships for Boy Mechanics.





Oct. 1925 - July 1926

8(5BW) and 10(6BW)

No. 4 Apprentices Wing.

In July 1926 No. 4 Apprentice Wing moved to Halton and Apprentice training ceased at Cranwell until August 1929





Aug. 1929 - Nov. 1938

Nos 15(11FL), 16(12FL), 17(13FL), 18(14FL), 19(15FL) and 20 through 38.

Electrical & Wireless School

Flowerdown Electrical & Wireless School entries 15(11FL) through 19(15FL) moved to Cranwell in August 1929. 20th Entry onwards started their training at Cranwell.





Dec. 1938 - Aug. 1940

34 to 41

Renamed No. 1
Electrical & Wireless School






Aug. 1940 - Jan. 1943

38 to 45

Renamed No. 1
Signals School

In August 1940 Instrument Maker training transferred to No. 1 School of Technical Training at RAF Halton.





Jan. 1943 - Oct. 1950

43 to 66

Renamed No. 1
Radio School

In October 1950 No 1 Radio School title moved to RAF Locking, but Apprentice training continued at Cranwell as No. 6 Radio School.





Oct. 1950 - Nov. 1952

58 to 70

No. 6 Radio School

The 63rd was the last Entry to pass out from RAF Cranwell. Entries 64 to 70 started their training at Cranwell, but transferred to No. 1 Radio School Locking, in November 1952, where they passed out.