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    Hi Folks,
    I have recently come across the term 'Screen' in an ORB and was curious as to its meaning. The context was the list of crew on a raid, with the Pilot, given as Captain, then A.N.Other (P.O. Taylor R J ) given as 'Screen', followed by the rest of the crew in usual format. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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    Alan

    I have only come across the term in relation to aircrew who were "screened" from operational service (eg tour complete personnel). I don't know whether this ties in with the use in the ORB that you have

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteT View Post
    Alan

    I have only come across the term in relation to aircrew who were "screened" ..........
    Regards

    Pete
    Hi Pete, and thanks. That is the context I am used to, as well, but this is a bit off beat. I will see if I can find him on the squadron previous to this trip.
    Alan

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    This must simply relate to a crew member slipping in to cover a sickness possibly and he had been a screened member of crew waiting to be posted away, no doubt he volunteered.

    My thoughts anyway. Colin.

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    Specialist leaders (nav, bombing, gunnery etc) were screened aircrew and usually liked to keep their hands in.

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    Hi Alan,
    Picking up from Richard, the most common use of the term Screen in WW2 seems to be for those who were stood down from operational flying, say end of tour. Many were posted as instructors at basic, advanced, or operational training units. They were said to be "Screened" the term standing for transfer to non-operational duties. The term may have stayed with them whilst they were instructors or specialist leaders. It certainly continued post war in Flying Training and OTU's. I started training as an Air Signaller in Jan 1956 and when we started flying in Ansons there were 2 trainees and a qualified Signaller as an instructor, He was always referred to as the Screen. This continued at the Maritime OTU when we were grouped into crews of 10 and carried, in addition, Instructors for all disciplines who were always referred to as "Screens", This might one of those terms that started with one purpose and developed a life of it's own as it went on
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    Just to extend the discussion a little:

    During some research today, I came across the term in a pre-war context (when some squadrons, such as No. 35 Squadron, were being designated as non-mobilising training squadrons). At this time, experienced personnel were "screened" so that they could not be posted from the training squadrons to the operational squadrons (as they were needed as instructors).

    A slightly different context, but obviously the same principles apply

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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Many thanks for all your thoughts, gentlemen.
    It appears that the individual was indeed 'screened' as we know it and volunteered for the four flights he carried out. His 'trade' was given as Nav (B) but he does not appear on the ORBs with the squadron previous to these trips.
    Thanks again to all.

    Alan

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    The term 'SCREEN' can be used in several different ways.

    Screened - meaning someone has completed something. It can mean someone who is supervising another person as in: 'Bloggs was screening Snooks, who was flying his first operation'. It can also be used to indicate someone who is shielded from something as in: 'Bloggs was screened from further ops, having completed XX'.

    I have found generally, that the context in which the word is used is evident from the rest of the sentence.

    Colin Cummings

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