RAF Form 765, Operational Statistical Returns in War
Royal Air Force War Manual AP1301 Part II
Published 1929, Ammended 1931, 1934 and 1940
(i) Units will be called upon in war to produce certain operational statistical information, although they will not be asked for all the detailed information, mainly technical, which they produce under normal conditions by means of returns.
(ii) Operational statistical information is required in war to serve two purposes:-
(a) To provide early information, in a form directly related to effort exerted, of the expenditure and wastage of material and personnel, on which provisioning can be adjusted to meet the actual, as opposed to the forecasted, needs of any operation.
(iii) The summary on the reverse side of of Form 541 (Operations Record Book) has been abolished and the seperate forms detailed in sup-para (v) below have been substituted, applicable to units or otherwise. Future issues of Form 541 will be printed, therefore, without the summary, and the reverse side will be used as a continuation sheet for the "Detail of work carried out."
(iv) The forms described in sub-para (v) are intended for use in war but they will only be brought into use on the receipt of special instructions from the Air Ministry. These instructions will be issued by signal to all command and formation headquarters concerned.
(v) The purpose and applicability of the new forms is as follows:-
(a) Form 765A Operational Statistical Summary:-
This form will be prepared in triplicate and will be completed daily by all operational flying and armoured car units. The original copy will be despatched direct to the Air Ministry immediately. The duplicate and triplicate copies will be attached to the appendices of the original and duplicate copies of the Operations Record Book (Form 540) respectively, for disposal as indicated in KR & ACI, para 2350 (3).
(b) Form 765B Return of Flying Personnel and S.A.A.:-
This return will be rendered monthly by all non-operational flying units. One copy will be dispatched direct to the Air Ministry and one copy through the usual channels to command headquarters.
(c) Form 765C Return of Forced Landings and Flying Accidents:-
This form will be rendered monthly by all those units which render Form 765B. One copy will be despatched direct to the Air Ministry and one copy through the usual channels to command headquarters.
(d) Form 765D Return of Personnel and S.A.A. Expenditure, etc:-
This form will be rendered monthly by all non-flying units. One copy will be despatched direct to the Air Ministry and one copy through the usual channels to command headquarters.
For the purpose of this return a Non-flying unit is normally a unit which has no aircraft on initial equipment. Aircraft depots, parks, etc., which may have no initial equipment aircraft but which have pilots on their strength for flying duties for testing or ferrying purposes, etc., will render Form 765B. Armoured car units will render Form 765A.
(vi) The following forms in use under normal conditions will not be rendered to cover any period for which a Form 765 A, B, C or D is rendered to the Air Ministry.
(a) Form 448 Monthly Return of Flying
(b) Form 764 Flying Accident and Forced Landing Report
(c) Form 584 Quarterly Return of Aircraft and Engines on Charge and of Repair and Overhaul Wastage.
Firm 448, 484 and 764 will continue to be rendered during any period of the nature referred to in sub-para (vii) below
(vii) When units are engaged in operations of a minor nature in respect of which the special Air Ministry instructions, referred to in para (iv) above, have not been issued, the normal peace time procedure for returns will be followed. In addition, however, Parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Form 765A will be completed by operational flying units and Parts 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 by operational armoured car units and the form so completed will be attached as an appendix to Form 540 in accordance with KR & ACI para 2349, clause 4(A). A copy of Form 765A completed under these conditions will not be forwarded to the Air Ministry."
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