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    Can anyone adivse me as to whether the following air gunner on 178 squadron, Sgt H Pollington, would have been RAF or RAFVR, given his service number of 1075758 ?

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    David,

    979001 - 1149977 was a batch for UK enlistments, Cardington and Padgate, Feb-Aug 1940, so that would make him RAFVR.

    (Credit due, I think, to Jim Rutledge who visits the forum from time to time)

    Errol

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    Thanks Errol.

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    Hi Errol

    On similar theme where would someone with the No 541945 have enlisted?

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm,
    Civilians Oct 1939 (no Recruiting Centres given - they were probably coming in through the doors in their droves!!) - unless Young Officer Routledge has any further info?
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    Malcolm,

    June 1937.

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    Jim,

    Your block (at least I think it's your work) 740000-759999 is listed as being allocated to RAFVR Pilots. This has caused Peter (Resmoroh) and myself some headaches as within this block is a sub-block 753562 to 753664 which includes ten RAFVR (Met Branch) personnel who did not survive the war.

    I've recently acquired the service records of four of the men in this sub-block, and the only common denominator is that they all enlisted at No 10 London TC (believed to indicate Town Centre) on the 10th or 11th August 1939. After enlisting they were sent home for about a month before being given their first postings.

    Of the four only one appears to have been sent for aircrew training (with 8 FTS) - at least I'm assuming (always fatal) he was sent for aircrew training as the others were sent to non-FTS locations. He appears not to have completed aircrew training as we next find him in France as a corporal in March 1940.

    This is a rather long-winded way of suggesting the block 740000-759999 appears not to be restricted to RAFVR Pilots, even if that was the original intention.

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    Brian,

    You are correct in that the block 740000-759999, whilst initially earmarked for RAFVR Pilots was "dabbled in" - for want of a better expression - for allocation to some sub-groups. My later findings show:

    740000-742999 - RAFVR Pilots
    743000-744999 - RAFVR Aircraft Crew Section - from Feb 39 - AG, Obs, etc.
    745000-745899 - RAFVR Pilots
    745900-746999 - RAFVR Aircraft Crew Section - from Mar 39
    747000-747999 - Non information.
    747701-747999 - RAFVR Aircraft Crew Section - from Apr 39
    748000-748999 - RAFVR Pilots
    749000-751999 - RAFVR Aircraft Cew Section
    752000-753999 - No information (but see below) ***
    754000-754999 - RAFVR Pilots
    and so on.

    ***In this sub-block which you query, I have noted two names but have no idea whatsoever of their trades, i.e. 752429 R.W. CULLEN and753197 W.S. RUDDOCK.

    If my wife looked at this posting it would confirm to her that I really have become a boring old f..t! It is astonishing what grown up men get up to on a Saturday evening.

    Hope that this helps, albeit I suspect it confuses even moe.

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    Jim

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    Thanks Jim

    Malcolm

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    Excuse my ignorance, but what does RAFVR signify?
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