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    Hi,
    I have an entry for a 83sqdn member who, after his first 7 ops, suddenly gets a notation (166) against his name for a couple of ops in February 42, as listed below.......

    Flt/Lt Cook.
    Sgt Price.
    P/O Dunk.
    Sgt Bott.
    Sgt Isherwood.
    Sgt Norman (166)
    Sgt Morgan.
    This happens on two occasions, any thoughts on what it could mean, obviously ruling out any connection with 166sqdn, which did not exist at this time, would be appreciated.
    Alan.

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    Hi Alan,

    it is only a long shot but what about the end or start of his service number? Maybe another Sgt Norman came to the unit and this was used to identify "who is who".

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,
    This has been suggested to me from another source, but these numbers do not appear in his service number, but will have a look through and double check for another of the same name but can't remember seeing one, as when i check for ops against an airman, i check all crews just in case he stood in for someone on another crew.
    Alan

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    I have to say Pavel's explanantion is the most commonly accepted use of 'the last three' of a personnel number.

    Perhaps there was a man of the same name on another sqn at the station or a member of ground crew.

    The only other connotation could be that he was on loan from 166 sqn but that didn't reform until 1943.

    Old Duffer

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    Dear all,

    I've seen in more than one occassion such mentioning of the last 3 numbers, almost all times with very common names such as Davies and Smith an I'm convinced too that it's the last part of a service number in case of other personnel in the Squadron with the same surname.

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    Default Very Old Joke

    Near end of war, administrative clerk taking down details from experienced aircrew member.

    Clerk: 'What's your last three'?

    Aircrew Member: 'Duisberg, Berlin and Dresden'

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