RAF actually had a dramatic raise in recruitment & training of flying personnel in the 30's. Plus shot down RAF pilots landed on their side, hence usually recovered & able to fight again.
In June 1935 the Government announced that the number of RAF squadrons would be increased from fifty-two to seventy-five at home, with a total force of 128 squadrons including those overseas. In order to attract the necessary personnel, advertisements appeared in newspapers and magazines, and the RAF became the armed force to join. Harold gave up the idea of the Navy in order to volunteer for the newly attractive service.
Under the scheme some 2,500 pilots and 27,000 airmen would have to be trained in under two years. Between April 1935 and the end of 1936 some 4,045 boys and 16,907 men were recruited, of which Harold was one of the latter. In addition, several new Technical Training establishments were required, one of which was established at Henlow, in Bedfordshire.
By the end of July 1936, the re-organisation at Henlow was complete and there were a total of 4830 men on the station, consisting of 130 Officers and 4700 Airmen.http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/s...a6806937.shtml
Yes, the Poles were best,( outshot Spit squads 4 to1 flying Hurries). thanks for production figures Siberiano.
Production Total, June-Oct 1940 2354 975