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    I am unable to search the forum today as it comes up with page unavailable. So can anyone tell me what these abbreviations stand for on a letter sent to the following Departments.
    A.M.R.D. ( I am thinking Air Ministry Research and Development?)
    A.M.S.O. ( Air Ministry Supplies and Organisation?)
    D.S.R. (Department of Scientific Research?)
    R.D.A.5 (?)
    Any ideas welcome!!

    Peter

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    Hi Peter

    AMRD = Air Member for Research and Development
    AMSO = Air Member for Supply and Organisation
    DSR = Directoate of Scientific Research
    RDA5 = probably a deputy/assistant directorate within the Department of the AMRD

    Malcolm

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    Thank you Malcom.
    I was close but I am puzzled by R.D.A.5!!
    I will assume you are right as it fits quite well. Just come across a department called S.8. !!
    Sadly in many of these documents these abbreviations were commonly used but so often their meaning is not easy to work out.
    Thanks again.

    Peter

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    Hi Peter

    If S8 is in the Dept of AMSO, I suggest 'Supply 8'

    RDA5 - possibly R & D Aircraft 5 or Armament 5

    Malcolm

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    A caution on Malcolm's suggestion. In olden times 'supply' was called 'equipment' and so branches would be eg E13, E55. The next level would be DDE 10 and above that would come DofE1 or whatever. A deputy director was usually a gp capt, a director an air cdre and a director general an AVM - BUT - not always!

    Signals were normally 'Sigs' so 'S' might be science. I don't think the term 'systems' was in general use until fairly recent times.

    Old Duffer

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    I agree with OD's comments but checking the AFLs there was a Deputy Directorate of Repair and Servicing so could S8 have been a staff postion with that Dep Dir?

    The Dept of the AMRD contained both a Dir of Res & Dev (Aircraft) and a Dir of Res & Dev (Armament).

    Malcolm

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