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    I would like to find out what records are available for my late father who was a Warrant Officer Flight Engineer having joined as an apprentice in 1939 (before the war broke) he left in 1949. I am unsure if he was actually classed as an officer as such and would be grateful of anyone out there that has any knowledge of tracing records. I am familiar with the National Archives but as yet havent delved into the raf records. I have lots of details he kept as regards where he served planes,squadrons and raf bases.

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    Hi John,

    there will be his full RAF Service Record as for any of other RAF airmen.

    Please refer to post RAF Service Records in other part of this forum - Useful Books and Research Materials

    Pavel
    Last edited by CZ_RAF; 15th March 2008 at 18:43. Reason: typo

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    ROYAL AIR FORGE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): ó
    Wt. Offs.
    1st June 1944.
    1169145 Eric George GITTINGS (177678).

    This is from the London Gazette newspaper. Just shot in the dark.

    If you don't mind giving us his name we can check and see if he was commishioned.

    Cheers

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    John,

    As Pavel has mentioned, NOK are entitled to request Service Records from the MOD. The UK Veteren's website explains how you can do this. It should give you everything you need.

    Rgds

    Jonny

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    thanks for the info my dad was WO John Gittings I am using his name as my username

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    Interesting one from the London Gazette and it might not be your father at all but:
    http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=37998&geotype=London&gpn=2939&typ e=ArchivedSupplementPage&all=john%20gittings

    Gazette Issue 37998 published on the 24 June 1947. Page 2 of 4

    Air Ministry, 27th June, 1947.
    The KING has granted unrestricted permission for the wearing of the undermentioned decorations conferred upon the personnel indicated in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the liberation of Belgium.
    CONFERRED BY His ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE REGENT OF BELGIUM.

    Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palme

    (Awarded among many other names is:)
    Engineers II.
    576370 John GITTINGS, Royal Air Force.

    You siad he joined before the war and he is described as Royal Air Force and not RAFVR so It may be him. You probably know this anyway.

    I don't understand the 'Engineers II' which is a rank of sorts in the layout of the London Gazette.
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    Dennis,

    The reference to "Engineers II" in the L.G. follows from a post-war reorganization of non-commissioned R.A.F. aircrew ranks; Engineers, Signallers, and Air-Gunners were included. Following is a partial extract from a London Times article, 11 September, 1946:

    " The King has approved the designs for the new rank badges which will be worn by aircrew of the R.A.F. below officer rank. The basic design of the badges is the R.A.F. eagle above a laurel wreath, the ranks being denoted as follows:

    Aircrew I - by three stars within the laurel wreath, surmounted by the eagle and a crown;
    Aircrew II - by three stars within the laurel wreath;
    Aircrew III - by two stars within the laurel wreath;
    Aircrew IV - by one star within the laurel wreath;
    Aircrew Cadet - by the laurel wreath and eagle."
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    Engineer ll John Gittings was part of the 40th entry at Halton in August 1939 (History of RAF Halton No.1 School of Technical Training - Paul Tunbridge.

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    Iím looking for details for a sergeant D Hall 345534
    enlisted Oct/nov 1937
    lsgc 1nov 1955
    became warrant officer some time after this.
    any info would be much appreciated

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    As directed above
    You need to request service file from RAF records

    https://www.raf.mod.uk/community/fam...rvice-records/

    If your next of kin and depending on when he may have passed away you shoukd be fine.

    What was his full name

    Was he aircrew or ground crew?
    Dennis Burke
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