Well USSF let a British Merchant seaman with no military experience go on secret missions in the jungle with MACV-SOG, so I suppose anything is possible Bob.Think of it this way.
The RAF was still quite big in those days.
If they’d sent lots of pilots to get combat experience, there’d have been a great big program and we’d know about it. Especially now, given that the Prime Minister had expressly said no to British involvement, it would have been the sort of thing to immediately hit the headlines the moment the 30-year Rule let it into the public domain.
Do you really think that they’d send just one?