And then there was the Gunnery Sergeant.
A pilot's primary job is, of course, to fly an aircraft, but in a war, it sort of helps if they can shoot straight as well. In WWII, fighters carried cannon which the pilot had to aim, and although bombers had a crew which included several gunners and a bombardier, at that stage of their training, no-one knew where the young pilots-to-be would be posted.
So gunnery training was a prerequisite.
The Gunnery Sergeant at No. 1 Air School clearly fancied himself as a teacher with a flair for the dramatic. On the first day of training, he marched into the classroom and drew a circle on the blackboard.
"This," he announced, waving at his creation, "is a circle. A circle has one hundred and eighty degrees."
There was a hush from the assembled pilots. Then a brave soul at the back put up his hand.
"Excuse me, Sergeant," he said, "surely a circle has three hundred and sixty degrees?"
"Yes," snapped the sergeant, "but this is a bloody small circle!"
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