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    A big favour if anyone could help with a look up for me as I am having all sorts of problems with internet speed tonight

    Does anyone have a downloaded version of AIR78 covering the surname of "VINCENT". I need to establish whether FW Vincent 1174030 = Francis Walter Vincent.

    Any help would be very much appreciated

    .... a desperate

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    Hi Pete,

    He is listed in Air 78/162/2, but as 'Frank Walter Vincent'.

    As an aside a sizeable number of the Air 78 files are in multiple parts, sometimes as many as 8 or even 12 (13 ?). I find these almost impossible to download, especially since TNA changed and speeded up the delivery (the latter very welcome). I have often watched a file downloading for an hour or more and then for an error to happen very near the end ! Do you or anyone else have this problem ?

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.

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    Martin

    You are a star ... thank you so much

    I have tried downloading the file (and gave up after two attempts) and reading it online (5 pages at a time, only for the file to restart after page 1000 and before it reached "Vincent"!)

    Can I assume that there is only one FW Vincent listed?

    Regards (and thanks again)

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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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    Pete,
    you can find on that list also:
    Fred William Vincent - 958167 and F.W. Vincent - 24770, however I assume that any of them is the airman you are looking for.
    By they way, I managed to download all AIR 78 files and I must say I didn`t experience any problems with it.

    Regards,
    Greg

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    Greg

    Thanks for the information. I am pretty sure that Frank Walter is the correct one as this ties in with other information I have but just wanted to double check.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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    I don't have the file which covers V, but you already have the answer to that part. However I had noticed that the NA had changed the method of delivering files to 'customers' (from straight pdf to zip), the old download system while slow only tended to suffer errors at the beginning so you wouldn't lose a load of time downloading a file or section of a file for it fail at the last moment.
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    There is a user feedback link on the relevant TNA page(s), so perhaps we could suggest smaller download files.

    It also needs an improved online facility wherby you can start at varying points within the file rather than ploughing through 5 pages at a time from the start of the file when you know you are trying to find someone about half way through a 2165 page file.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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    Pete,

    Your five-pages-at-a-time scheme is very time consuming.

    In your URL address change the final number. If it's 200, go up to page 300. If you've gone past him, go back to page 290 keep breaking it down. (page numbers are examples). Each page is a page of 5 results, but much faster than your system.

    It never takes me more than 10 minutes to go through a section of AIR78.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Dave

    I hadn't thought about doing it that way ... I will use your technique next time, as it will certainly save a lot of time.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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