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    Default Bomber Command sortie timing abbreviations

    A WWII Bomber Command wireless operator (Polish) noted in his personal diary various clock times related to operational sorties.
    For these, he used abbreviations, some of which are not clear to me, so I hope you can help me.

    He noted different times for different sorties, but the overall sequence is this:
    Dep. - Departure
    S.c. - does this mean 'Set course'? This is about 20 minutes later than Dep. in his notes.
    Eng. out - presumably 'England (coastline) outbound'
    Eny In - presumably 'Enemy (coastline) inbound'
    Target In
    Target Out
    Eng. In - presumably 'England (coastline) inbound'
    qaa base - I presume this is from the Q-code, but could not find the meaning of QAA, can you point me in the right direction?
    Arr. - Arrival

    As regards the "Dep./Arr." times - was it usual for Bomber Command terminology? I'd normally expect "Take-off/Landing".
    The man in question used to be an airline radio-operator before the war and I wonder if this was the reason for this "departure/arrival" wording.

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    A quick Google search shows that QAA was unofficially used in Germany (and perhaps other parts of central Europe) for "I am/will be arriving at ...".

    Take a look at http://www.qsl.net/df5kx/cw/q_grp.html . I hope your German is better than mine.

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    G'day VoyTech

    RAF 'Q' Code 'QAA' - At what time do you expect to arrive at ...?

    Cheers...Chris

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    Thanks a lot!

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