T. E. Lawrence re-entered the RAF in August 1925, he served as Aircraftman T. E. Shaw at the College until December 1926.
Lawrence was assigned to B Flight, acting as a runner and clerk for the men maintaining the aircraft used to teach the cadets to fly. It was here that a new and happy phase of his life started. He became fulfilled with his role in the RAF, making firm friends among his fellow aircraftmen. This period of relative contentment is reflected in the last few chapters of The Mint, his book about the RAF.
The RAF College is delighted to hold a proof copy of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. This volume has hand annotated corrections in ink and pencil by TE Lawrence and was presented to the College during TE Lawrence's posting to Cranwell as AC2 TE Shaw.
TE Shaw was and officer's steward to the Flight Commander on "B" Flight 1925-1926. His duties included stoking the fire in the office and completing the boss's flying logbook!
YEAR BOOK 1925
HANSARD 07 December 1925 vol 189
Sir F. WISE asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of cadets at Cranwell, and the cost per cadet to the State?
Sir S. HOARE The answer is 103 cadets and the annual cost, according to an investigation carried out for the year 20 1923–24, approximately £550, including all overhead charges, but excluding flying training.
Sir F. WISE Are there any boys at Cranwell besides cadets?
Sir S. HOARE Yes, Sir. As far as my memory goes there are about 800 boys there in addition to cadets.
Sir F. WISE Is the cost of the boys included in that amount?
Sir S. HOARE Yes, but that is an entirely different calculation. The two institutions, although at the same place, are run quite separately.
Mr. MORGAN JONES Does the cost stated in the answer cover the cost of buildings as well?
Sir S. HOARENo, Sir. It is the maintenance cost, and obviously it would not cover the cost of the buildings.