TEE EMM
TEE EMM

AIR MINISTRY. TEE EMM.

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AIR MINISTRY. TEE EMM. [London, Air Ministry], [1943].

8vo. Original blue cloth; original front and back of wrapper pasted onto covers; speckled edges; pp. 296; highly illustrated with numerous cartoons and diagrams in the text; very light rubbing to extremities; upper corner of text pages hole-punched, but not affecting text; a good copy.
This being vol. 2, April 1942 - March 1943. In April 1941 the Department of the Air Member for Training, Air Ministry, began publication of training memoranda in the form of a monthly magazine entitled TEE EMM. It was produced throughout World War Two until its final issue in March 1946. By the time it ceased over 30,000 copies a month were being printed in the UK alone with separate printings in Canada, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and India.
TEE EMM (old phonetics for Training Manual) was something new in official publications. It was issued as a restricted document to RAF aircrew to illustrate how others have got things wrong or how they should be done. As the first issue explained it hoped to provide '...an occasional intrusion of light-heartedness into serious subjects...an occasional unconventionality of treatment...an occasional lack of stiffness in the presentation of training and instructional points and information.' Part of this was the cartoons of Bill Hooper depicting the hapless Pilot Officer Prune and friends. He was the buffoon who got everything wrong in order for the manual to explain what was right or correct. TEE EMM was written by the staff of the magazine Punch (and particularly Anthony Armstrong), who had been seconded to the Air Ministry for the duration of the war to make technical manuals readable. Armstrong managed to acquire an office for P/O Prune but to his eternal regret could never get him into the Air Force list.

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