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    Default Service Record (Reason = B)

    Has anyone come across B in the reason column on the service record; more importantly, is anyone able to tell me what it means please

    Urgent help on this one would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Yes I have come across it on my father's service record. I did post in March on the RAF forms part of this forum as to whether anybody know what it meant but have had no response. Ditto reason code K.

    B appears when he transferred from 613 Squadron to 1416 flight on 24.3.1941 and K when 1416 Flight became 140 Squadron 9/41 so I am guessing they are to do with the formation of a Flight and then that Flight becoming a Squadron in its own right. Incidentally, he then had 7 other transfers between 9/41 and 5/45 but no reason codes are given (plus one I am fairly certain happened but is not on his service record)

    I too would like a proper answer if anyone has one.

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    Hello dbraiser and Pete

    I presume you are referring to Form 543 (two sided Pink card, sent as as two photocopies)?

    I was told by the RAF Personnel and Management Command that this was an airman’s service. There were a number of Forms originally held relating to Officers/Airmen.

    This was probably originally the “permanent record“ held by the "Officer i/c Records" (i/c - in charge) according to King's Regulations 2097 in "Chapter XXIX Airmen's Documents and Records".

    Despite checking in the K.R. & Air Council Instructions, I cannot find anything about this lettering, not even a reference to Form 543! The RAF Administration Manual, just refers me to the King's Regulations for the RAF (K.R.2130 to 2142, but this relates to the Certificate of Service, a Form 280).

    On my Grandfather's "H" and HH? or H4? has been used when he went to the Central Air Navigation School" whilst on Reserve Command.

    There was an RAF Records Office Association (or similar name) of Veterans who once worked in Records at the RAF. Sometimes the AHB know, but not many times, I have discovered. Really efforts ought to be made to contact these surviving Ladies and Gentleman and find out what all these letters meant, if they can remember, before their meanings are lost forever?

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 4th June 2012 at 21:47.

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    Mark

    I drew a blank at the AHB too; as you say, information is being lost in time and there does not seem to be the will or the means to ensure that it is preserved anywhere.

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    Pete
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    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    In the Forms section I have listed the abbreviations I am currently confident about.

    Form 280 is explained in detail with all it's attendant subforms
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?11869-Form-280-Certificate-of-Service-Airman

    Form 543 genesis is also explained and why it survives when Form 280 does not.
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12265-Form-543

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    Default RAF Record Office Ruislip Apprentice Clerks

    Further to my Last Post

    I have just found their book and a few bits of Association literature I hold and the Association was apparently called the "Royal Air Force Record Office Ruislip Apprentice Clerks", OR (alias) Ex-RAF "Ruislip Apprentice Clerks", of Veterans who held a regular Reunion and who installed a Plaque on Saturday 6th June 1998, then No. 114 (Ruislip and Northwood) Squadron of the Air Training Corps. The Veterans once worked in the Records at the RAF Ruislip until 1942, some of them continued to work in RAF Records.

    Thanks, I'll take a look Ross.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 4th June 2012 at 21:53.

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