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    Default WW2 RAF Ground crew acronyms, can you help please.

    Hi

    Trying to decipher a record of planes serviced and cannibalized on Malta. It outlines all the individual repairs and services but it does include many acronyms. Some of them I think I may have worked out;
    SBD Starboard
    a/c Aircraft
    W/O written off
    u/s un-serviceable
    u/c under carriage
    a/f air-frame

    Others I don't know;

    c/s
    c/o Not commanding officer
    f/u Very common when describing the whole plane, but distinct from a/c
    T/A
    s/i
    m/p
    to/c
    p/s
    TA
    R.RU.
    ex

    Can any of you shed any light. Many thanks
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    Greenbean,
    SBD for starboard seems rather strange to me (I would expect stbd, although why not use simply "p" or "s" if you wanted to differentiate port or starboard ailerons, for instance? I assume this not refer to any Douglas Dauntlesses on Malta (from a US Navy aircraft carrier for instance).
    c/s is probably centre section (of wing)
    m/p probably mainplane (another term for wing, although can also be used to specifically mean that part of the wing outboard of centre section, also known as extension plane).
    Others I would have to see in some kind of context to even hazard a guess. Some of these expressions could be the writer's own interpretations of existing official or semi-official abbreviations.
    David D

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    Hi

    No real idea. Complete guesses here, but maybe (?):

    c/s
    c/o
    f/u
    T/A
    s/i (Sometimes seen that as an abbreviation for 'starboard inner' (engine)) ? Or maybe not.
    m/p Mainplane ?
    to/c
    p/s Port / Starboard ?
    TA
    R.RU.
    ex

    Ian

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    Many thanks for the replies, I have uploaded a section. I am in the process of sending it to the Malta Aviation Museum. Please see https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6j...lwUVFNTW8/view

    Stuart

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    I'm certain to/c will be taken on charge

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    David is right - context is everything! However....

    c/s Centre section
    c/o Carried Out
    f/u Fwd Upper
    T/A Tail Assy
    s/i Service Instruction or Stb Inner
    m/p Main Plane
    to/c ?
    p/s ?
    TA As above :)
    R.RU. Return to Repair Unit
    ex Pure context use.


    All imho

    AlanF

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