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    Please allow me a simpel question. In my work on Danes in the Allied forces I wondered about the relationship between RAF and WAAF, that is, if WAAF - as an auxiliary of the RAF - would be considered a 'branch' of the RAF or an 'Air Force' in its own.

    Would it be correct to say: X Danes served in the RAF, of which Y women served in the WAAF? Or would it be X men served in the RAF, and Y women served in the WAAF?

    And - would it be the same for SAAF/SAWAAF and RAAF/WAAAF?

    Thank you.

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    Mikkel,

    In my opinion, any option you choose is OK as long as it's clear.

    So you could say: 'X Danes served in the RAF and Y female Danes served in the WAAF' or you could say: 'A Danes served in the RAF, of whom Y were females serving in the WAAF' or 'from a total of X Danes serving in the British forces, A men and Y women were serving in the air force'.

    Not sure about the correct way of the South Africans or Australians but again clarity is the important issue.

    Colin Cummings

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    Thank you, Colin!
    Last edited by Mikkel Plannthin; 14th May 2016 at 11:12.
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    Hi Mikkel

    WAAF officers were listed in the Air Force Lists so they were considered a part of the RAF.

    Malcolm

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