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    Hi, All
    I have just come into possession of a very early RAF Staff Table (dated 29 Jul 1918). It shows "Officers" - and these are divided into "A", "Q", and "S". Now "A" could be Accounts? "Q" could be Quatermaster (i.e. "Stores")? What "S" might be escapes me.
    Anybody got any clues?
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    The 1918 Officer branches were

    A&S Aeroplane and Seaplane
    Ad Administrative
    Dir Airship
    KB Kite Balloon
    M Medical
    O Observer
    SO Staff Officer
    T Technical

    So your bods/abbreviations could fit a number of branches

    Have a look at the link to downloadable Air Force Lists on the Reasearch Forum.

    1918/1919 lists are available there. Compare the entry in your list to that in the Air Force one to see what matches.

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    Ross, Hi,
    Tks for that reminder. Went through a couple of AFLs from the period (via NLS). The Branches are - as you indicated - listed. But no sub-Branches. However, amongst the 'scribblies' up at Air Min I found a 'DD Aeroplanes', and a 'DD Quartermaster', so I'm betting that our Admin Officer(A), and Admin Officer(Q) are just those. What an Admin Officer(S) did for his corn remains a mystery. But as none of those three appear on our Staff Table, the problem is academic.
    Similarly, we have a Technical Officer(Met) listed. So I'm assuming (V dangerous in this game!!!) that the Tech Officer Branch also had its sub-Branches which, as in the case of the Admin Officers, do not appear in the AFLs.
    There are no names. These are just numbers (or 'zeros'!) on a War Establishment Staff Table!
    Tks yr help, - keeps us off the streets!!
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    Default Air Ministry F.O. 5 (1919)

    This query is related to Peter's thread, so rather than start a new one I'm high-jacking his.

    I have copies of some 1919 documents carrying the stamp "Air Ministry F.O. 5", underneath which is "Meteorology"; would anyone know what F.O. 5 stands for? I'm reasonably sure the 'Meteorology' is a department within the branch.

    Brian

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    When hi-jacking a Thread it is only polite that one should "Squawrk 7500" - the international aviation transponder code for a Hi-jack!!! Henk would have approved - I'm sure!!!
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