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    Default Extracting a Service Number from AIR 78/54. Help Needed Please!

    Hello All,

    I have a Warrant Officer Arthur Faulkner. He was a Met Air Observer (wore the ‘M’ brevet) in WW2. I think (but am not certain!) he only had the one single Forename. I am trying to find his RAF Service Number.

    I am not an expert with the AIR 78 series of files, but AIR 78/54 seems to be in several parts and those parts do not appear all to be in alphabetical order. There are chunks (out of their order) all over the file. The file is some 2500-odd pages of images. Now, normally, the AIR 78 files are in alphabetical order and one can roughly estimate which image page contains the name you are after (usually need a bit if fiddling about (+/-) to get to the right page). I have never been able to find a search mechanism for AIR 78 files – is there one? Is AIR 78/54 a ‘rogue’ file?

    What I need is a list of the Service Numbers of all the male Faulkner’s with Arthur as the single, or first, Forename. Searching 2500-odd pages individually will take me a very long time indeed!

    Can anybody help? And is it known if the AIR 78s are being converted to, say, Excel?

    TIA

    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter,

    AIR 78/54 part 2

    Pages 7 and 8

    Should narrow it down for you.

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    Just an after thought.

    As Warrant Officer he will be listed in the relevant Air Force List allong with his Warrant Personal Number rather than OR number in AIR 78.

    May be the way to target in for future searches.

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    Ross,

    Tks yr early response. But pages 7/8 are FARRAND, FARRANDS, and FARRANT, on the viewable version of AIR 78/54 I got. I asked for AIR 78/54/2 but was told it was part of a larger digitisation. I am clearly doing something wrong!

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    Never had much use or confidence in the online viewer.

    Rely on all the Ps ... prep .poor..performance

    Downloaded the files and applied own index - allows file to be narrowed down and searched much quicker.

    These are pages 7 and 8 extracted from AIR 78/54/2

    http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/...20John%207.pdf

    http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/...20John%208.pdf

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    Ross,
    VMT those extracts. Much appreciated.
    (Am dedicated disciple of "all the p's" as I lecture PhD students in Advanced Conspiracy Theory at the Uni of Cynicism!!).
    Tks again!
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