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    Default Posting abbreviations 1944 to 1946

    I am tring to find out what the following relate to, they are postings imposed upon a Navigator air crew and are clearly non flying duties.

    105 S.P. Brussels
    19 S.P. Celle, Stade. Hamburg and Berlin
    107 S.P. Gibraltar

    The only reference I can find for SP is service Police but this appears most unlikely for an air crew chap.

    Any thought warmly received my end, thank you.

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    Hi Colin,

    from my experience I would say Staging Post.
    In one of your cases:
    No 19 Terminal Staging Post - 16 Apr-31 May 1945
    http://baor-locations.co.uk/RAFCelle.aspx

    It means some kind of airfield with limited ground crew for refueling etc. if I remember well.

    Hope this helps

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    I confirm Pavel's answer about the role of "Staging Posts". They were also in charge of flying control, apart the handling of the aircraft on various airfields, refuelling, and could also "control" construction flights. There were also in charge with C.A.E.C., but I just can't find what it meant, it's medical.

    105 SP ORB can be found in AIR 29/468, and a search on TNA catalogue online will provide you the references for the others.

    There were F.S.P. for Forward Staging Post and T.S.P. for Terminal Staging Post.

    Joss

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    G'day Chaps

    In October of 1944, No. 19 Staging Post was part of No. 46 (Transport) Group and located at Ypres. Belgium

    There was a No. 73 Staging Post in Gibraltar during the war.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Once again thank you for this guidance.......it appears this aircrew navigator was selected for a long period of ground duties. I now need to dig deeper as this posting is one that continues to puzzle me. Where would I be without this forum, thanks again. Colin

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    Hi Colin once more.
    I one of my books I was writing about the RCAF officer who was with the RAF Transport Command in Canada and in his record is also mentioned posting to TSP but it was cancelled. He was also an observer as your man, in the rank of F/Lt at the moment. I suppose officer with such a trade and rank could serve at TSP or SP as a briefing officer for crews before they continue to their final destination.

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    Pavel.

    I think your observations on this posting are of a sound basis, this appears to be an area that has little reference material to assist us with. This forum continues to be of great help to us all. Thanks again. Colin.

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