In his book Bomber Command, Max Hastings mentions offhandedly that

All the Norwegians were immensely rich by RAF standards because they received flying pay of eight shillings per hour operational in addition to their £28 a month salary.

Why was this so? Why were Norwegian bomber crews paid more than other RAF bomber crews? Was this true of other non-UK (or non-Commonwealth) Allied crews?

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    Perhaps they got extra pay from the Norwegian government-in-exile?
    – Tomas By
    Jan 9 at 18:38
  • @TomasBy I'd guess something like that (though one might expect that to have been then subtracted from their £28 a month salary).
    – orome
    Jan 9 at 18:50
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    Does it say other RAF pilots weren't given the same flying pay?
    – Schwern
    Jan 9 at 19:19
  • @Shwern What do you mean?
    – orome
    Jan 9 at 19:43
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    @TomasBy that's my guess as well, I know the Dutch crews in the Pacific were under contract with the Dutch government and paid by them but under command of the US. A similar situation may have existed in the UK with Norwegians
    – jwenting
    Jan 10 at 8:57

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