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    Can anyone tell me when tools & equipment stopped being marked AcrownM and were marked with the broad arrow and date? I have a spitfire canopy crowbar marked with AcrownM and am trying to get a rough date. There is one on ebay marked with an arrow and 1953

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    From my own experience of handling WW2 era RAF equipment of various types (at RNZAF Museum, Wigram), it seems that the broad arrow type markings may have been introduced about 1945 or thereabouts - it was certainly very typical of all post-war produced equipment. However very large amounts of pre-1945 stores remained in stock and continued to be maintained and issued well into the 1960s, although this obviously reduced with time and the changing of styles of aircraft, engines and accessories, as well as changes of pattern of standard uniform and specialised clothing items. Also in the mid-1960s, NATO style standard section/reference numbers rapidly replaced the old Air Ministry-issued numbers. However I will leave it to other forumites to give a more accurate date of introduction of the "brad arrow", which had been in use with the British Army for a very long time I believe, indicating Government ownership.
    David D

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    Thanks David, that fits with my thoughts of post war reorganisation

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