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    Okay, here is a question for your sleuths – what does ‘N/E Sick’ mean when recorded in the ORB about aircrew who were taken off flying duties, probably due to flying stress?


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    Hi David,

    it means non-effective sick.
    Such a category was used for example when an airman was wounded/injured both in operational service, ground service or for example in car accident.

    In cases I have studied they were in most cases withdrawn from the Squadron strength and posted to the strength of the Station where the Squadron was based till they were fit for active duty again.

    Hope this helps a little

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    Just means that the person could not carry out their duties because of illness.

    Anything from toothache to amputation and all in between

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    Thanks very much.

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    Not so sure about amputations, though.
    I think it only applied to recoverable condition, pending the man/woman in question became fit to their original trade again.
    In case of a serious injury/illness with no prospect of recovering to fittness they would be posted away.

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    Some men were posted away to hospital or rest home as N/E Sick.

    Between the wars it would be to No.1 Depot at Uxbridge or it's associated hospital and was the reason for posting of D Bader while he was still enrolled in the RAF, while awaiting medical to decide if he could return to duty.

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    The rules for having someone posted "non-effective" changed over the years. However, for a considerable time the unit had to carry the man for the first 28 days of sickness, injury, etc. Thereafter, the unit applied for the individual to be posted N/E and this was the spark to ignite Command into providing in a relief. Obviously, there was flexibility in the system. For example, if the CO of the Sqn was severely injured, a telephone bid from the Stn Cdr for an immediate successor would be made.

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