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    I have a copy of the RAF Sea Survival pamphlet dated 1957. Can anyone tell me how procedures would have differed in 1940? I am particularly interested in this in respect of a Wellington downing in the North Sea. Am I right in assuming that the 'Mae West' style lifejacket was in use in 1940? Would the aircraft have been carrying single and/or multi person dinghies? Would there have been any form of RT available? As ASR was not introduced until 1941 am I right in thinking that there would be no dedicated marine craft before then?

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    I can highly recommend the file (Air Publication 3232) that Ross pointed out in one of my previous threads on survival at sea (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?14816-quot-A-search-was-made-...-but-nothing-was-seen-of-any-survivors-quot)

    https://www.mlrsbooks.co.uk/bookstore/index.php/prod858.html?

    For 8, you get 196 pages of information on survival techniques and equipment 1939-1945

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    Am I right in assuming that the 'Mae West' style lifejacket was in use in 1940? _yes for all aircrew flying over water.

    Would the aircraft have been carrying single and/or multi person dinghies? Early years multiperson but later supplemented by additional mulitperson/individual

    Would there have been any form of RT available? W/T of aircraft used before and during ditching. Pigeon release in air and from dinghy. Later Gibson Girl style automatic keyed dinghy w/t sets.

    As ASR was not introduced until 1941 am I right in thinking that there would be no dedicated marine craft before then? No Aircraftsman Shaw helped develop the first ASR pinnaces in 1930s. First generation high speed launches designed for Med in service early 1940 with some examples in use in home waters.

    It's all in the AHB nomograph for RAF ASR.

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    Thanks to Ross and Pete. Exactly what I was looking for.

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