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    RAFVR Service Numbers 740000-759359 Aircrew & Ground crew

    1939 Aircrew 18-32 years old

    Ground Section 18-50 years old (aircrafthands, carpenters, fabric workers, clerks, cooks and butchers, photographers, motor drivers and motor cyclists, and equipment assistants (for storekeeping duties) Many later volunteered for aircrew duties.

    This is a very, very rough guide

    740004 enlisted 25-1-1937 Pilot
    742965 enlisted 7-2-1939 Pilot
    743098 enlisted 2-1939 Observer

    743143 AC1 F.PARTON Died HMT Lancastria 17-6-40 Age 43
    743266 AC2 W.H WARRINGTON Died 15-4-40 Age 56
    743685 AC2 G.S CROSS Died 25-3-40 Age 42

    744489 CPL R.W WHITE KOAS 30-8-40 Age 50
    744881 (S/L) E.A WASS enlisted May 1939 (Equipment Branch) (later Air Gunner 617 Sqn)

    744902 enlisted 3-1939 Observer
    745004 enlisted 7-2-1939 Pilot
    745892 enlisted 20-4-1939 Pilot

    746721 enlisted 3-1939 Observer
    746980 enlisted 3-1939 Observer

    747494 AC2 J.E TAYLOR Died 8-2-40 Age 47

    747705 enlisted 14-4-1939 Observer
    747953 enlisted 13-5-1939 WOP/AG

    748045 enlisted 5-1939 Pilot
    748727 enlisted 6-1939 Pilot

    749347 enlisted 5-1939 WOP/AG

    749918 LAC P.H TOMPKINS Died 5-3-46 Age 56

    750347 enlisted 23-6-1939 Ground crew
    750501 (F/L) Arthur HAILEY (Author !) enlisted 1939 Ground crew

    751056 enlisted 5-1939 WOP/AG
    751113 enlisted 12-5-39 WOP/AG
    751715 enlisted 6-1939 WOP/AG

    752146 LAC F. HUCKS Died 14-4-41 Age 45

    754116 enlisted 6-1939 Pilot
    754956 enlisted 10-8-1939 Pilot

    755052 enlisted 29-6-1939 Observer
    755395 enlisted 14-7-1939 WOP/AG
    755917 enlisted 8-1939 Observer

    756075 enlisted 7-8-1939 Ground crew

    757923 enlisted 6-1939 Ground crew

    758092 enlisted 7-1939 Pilot
    758223 enlisted 8-1939 Pilot

    759180 enlisted 8-1939 Observer
    759295 enlisted 8-1939 Observer
    759359

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    Mark

    Thanks for spending the time producing and posting the breakdown (as asked for in my thread http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?14795-Service-Number-744968); very helpful and much appreciated.

    Regards

    Pete
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    that is a fascinating grouping of service numbers.

    Please can anybody tell me about the "Special Reserve" grouping prefixed often by SR even in the London Gazette and all six digit beginning 710xxx which I've seen so far. Incidentally the ones I've noted are Air Gunners who completed their training in 1944 but that might not be a true reflection on the group.
    Last edited by PeteS; 18th May 2013 at 09:19.

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    Special Reserve was another class of reserve.

    Originally eg 1922, it was aimed at the same task of the later Aux and VR units ie to provide a cadre of unit that could be expanded to full unit in time of war. Post war it reverted to a similar cadre task.

    I've talked about it here
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13206-RAF-Manpower-and-Deferred-Service

    OR service numbers pre war and wartime were allocated based on service joined and later geographical area rather than eventual trade so I would be very wary of saying pilot/observer/gunner block.

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    thanks Ross
    I'll read that
    Pete

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