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    I wonder if the analysis of the allocation of pre-war RAFVR Personnel Service Number's tell us where they trained

    I found this out today.

    Saturday 10 June 1939 , Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph , Lincolnshire, England

    Two members of the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve were injured when the aeroplane in which they were flying crashed near Lode, Cambs., yesterday. They are Sergeant Geoffrey Edward Bray (22) , of Cambridge, and Sergeant Frederick John Elliott Stearn.

    Sergeant Geoffrey Edward Bray was #741335
    Sergeant Frederick John Elliott Stearn was 741336

    They were both in Tiger Moth N6643 of 22 ERFTS which hit a tree while overshooting Cambridge on 9th June 1939


    Notice the Service Numbers are consecutive

    I wonder if the Service Numbers were allocated at 22 ERFTS from a Batch List allocated to the Unit ??? Or would R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve been to another unit before hand ??

    If so I wonder if other ERFTS had batches of numbers ??

    Paul

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    Hi Paul

    I would have thought that they would have joined the RAFVR at a Town Centre prior to commencing flying training so the numbers would have been allocated at that point with batches being allocated to the Town Centre rather than the EFTS.

    Malcolm

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    Paul/Malcolm,
    Agree Enlistment (early in 1937, and subsequent kitting, basic drill, etc, etc) at a Town Centre, in The Drill Hall (which many towns had). Bray's birth was Reg in King's Lynn - so Cambridge was probably the EFTS that served King's Lynn. Can't find Stearn's birth reg on the 'usual' BMD sites, but it would seem a fair bet (using some of your money!) that they Volunteered/Enlisted at the same time/place - prob King's Lynn?!!
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    Peter Davies
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