Originally Posted by Dan logan
Actually LAC is Leading Aircraftman, there is no "s" in Aircraftman.
LAC is not a rank such as corporal or sergeant. LAC is trade designation
Thank you, of course you are right, I missed that on my post (sometimes typing to fast I guess). I'll correct
On Leading Aircraftman, I believe it was a "rank",
Information page vi, "They Shall Not Grow Old"
Information from Canadian Army Training Phamphelt No 1, dates 1942 (give's army and airforce enlisted ranks.....but strangely leaves out the Navy enlisted ranks, ALTHOUGH it give's all 3 services "Officer's Ranks" for 1942)
Leading aircraftman is also a rank in the Royal Australian Air Force (which uses a single chevron rather than a propeller device), Royal New Zealand Air Force, Indian Air Force, Ghana Air Force and the Sri Lanka Air Force, and until 1968 was a rank in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The original Royal Canadian Air Force used a rank structure similar to that of the Royal Air Force, with the exceptions, in the enlisted ranks, of the RCAF having the ranks of Warrant Officer 1 and 2, not having the ranks of Senior Aircraftman or Junior Technician, and not distinguishing between aircrew and non-aircrew for Sergeants and above. The rank structure is almost identical to that of the Royal Australian Air Force, once again with the exception of Warrant Officer 2. RCAF Women's Division personnel used a different rank structure. When the age limit for BCATP aircrew recruits was lowered to seventeen in 1941, the recruits were placed into the temporary rank of "Boy" until they reached their eighteenth birthday and became eligible for flying training. The current RCAF uses the army-style ranks instituted by the Canadian Forces when unification took place in 1968.
But having said that, I'm not an expert in RCAF WW2 ranks so I stand to be corrected if others can post up "official" sources of the RCAF ranks
Thanks and Cheers