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    Default My WAAF Met Officers Are Still Troubling Me

    Hello All,

    I have just come across two instances where Commissioned WAAFs had, apparently, the same RAF numbers as Commissioned PMRAFNS Officers. Is this likely? Can somebody set me straight? If they were NOT likely to be the same numbers then devious methods will have to be used to excavate the depths of the LG!

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    A vexed Peter with troublesome WAAFs and Nurses is never a good thing.

    Can you give a "for instance" that we can apply our minds to helping soothe your fevered brow.

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    Ross, Oh Wise One (et al),

    WOMEN'S FORCES METEOROLOGICAL BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Asst. Sec. Offs. on prob. (emergency). 31st May 1944: —
    Lucy CONSTANT (7532).

    METEOROLOGICAL BRANCH.
    Commission resigned.
    Asst. Sec. Off. (prob.) L. WINLOW (7532). 5th Jan. 1945.

    WOMEN'S FORCES.
    PRINCESS MARY'S ROYAL AIR FORCE NURSING SERVICE RESERVE.
    Commission resigned.
    Sister B. M. SHEPPARD, (7532). 16th Mar. 1945.

    Three entries from the LG. The first came up by searching "Meteorological Branch". The second (and third!!!) came up by searching "7532". In the second, the same female had either changed her name by Deed Poll, or - more likely - had got married and may (possibly) have been Great With Child (not unknown in those times!). The third threw me. I thought it was my QSD, but it seems not. I've got a couple more back in my "early C's". But I assumed they were typos. Three instances is more than might be expected?

    Young Officer Routledge may be called upon to decide whether, or not, Summaries Of Evidence need to be taken!

    Peter Davies

    6954 in the LG gives similar results!!
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    Hi Peter,

    I submit as evidence for the Form 412

    July 1944 Air Force List -

    Index and Gradation Lists : 7532 Constant L - (WAAF Met Branch) Assistant Section Officer 1944 May 31st
    Index and Gradation Lists: Winlow L no entry.

    Oct 1944 Air Force List:

    Index and Gradation Lists: no entry for Constant L
    Index and Gradation Lists: 7532 Winlow L - (WAAF Met Branch) Assistant Section Officer 1944 May 31st

    So Constant and Winlow same person

    Quick check on FreeBMD gives Lucy Constant married Winlow in Kensington Sept 1944 quarter.

    Although all AFL gave nursing lists only the early ones also listed the names in the index.

    The significance is that the index is where service/personal numbers are given so nursing staff have never been listed in this source with an associated number.

    Since all the staff are SRN or SEN then I wonder if that is the number given in the Gazette rather than an Air Ministry one.

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    Oct 1944 AFL

    J M Cooper WAAF Met Branch 6954


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    I claim my Blue Peter ferret badge

    Sister B M Sheppard is listed in the Jan 1945 Air Force List in Column 7532.

    So 7532 is WAAF number but the LG 7532 for your nurse is the column she is to be found in the corresponding AFL gradation lists.

    Just to check what date and surname for your 6954 nurse - I'll confirm the initials.

    Ross
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    So, it looks as if the problem has been 'sol-ved' (as Peter Sellers would say in the Pink Panther films!). Ross, you shall have your Blue Peter badge! It shall be formally presented at the next RAFCOMMANDS AOC's Inspection/Parade!
    Upon that understanding I think we can Stand Down Young Officer Routledge?
    As an OBTW, my mother was a nurse, my wife is a retired Senior Clinical Sister, and I had a (fearsome!) Aunt in PMRAFNS during WW2 - so I have to tread very carefully in these matters!!

    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 16th June 2015 at 16:15. Reason: QSD
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