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    TMech can anyone elaborate for me this rank or trade position please.

    I have searched on the various abbreviation links but this one has eluded me.

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    Pure guess ... Technical Mechanic?

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    Ian.
    Thank you I think that is a good option but it would be good to know a little more if possible. I am sure another member will have come across this previously. I have seen this term used and if it is as you suggest, what duties did it entail....

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    Colin, Hi,
    I have a feeling in my water that the "T" might be something to do with comms? The one that springs to mind is 'Teleprinter Mechanic' - or, as I knew them much later when working with the Tac Comms Wing, the '5-Unit bloke' (see Murray, Baudot, etc, for explanation of '5-unit'). There were no GPO/BT teleprinter mechanics overseas!! Just a guess!
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    May I suggest the T is for Training, or just possible its tactical.
    In what context have you seen it used.
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    Just a suggestion, but perhaps it's a post than a trade?

    There are a couple of online references to Wing Commander Rowland Costa in Jefford's book 'Observers and Navigators: And Other Non-Pilot Aircrew in the RFC, RNAS and RAF' with the passage: "TMech, Wg Cdr Rowland Costa, visited Nos 7 and 35 Sqns."

    Simon

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    Simon.
    Searching on him has not provided an explanation other than it obviously being connected to engineering.Let us hope another forum member comes up trumps !

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    Hi Colin

    You won't find much on Costa because in 1943 he changed his name to Coats and finally retired as an Air Commodore, his biography is on my website.

    He was a qualified Engineer and in 1940 was a Staff Officer in the Dep Directorate of Technical Training so if this is when he was 'TMech' perhaps it is Training (Mechanical) as a Staff Officer post.

    Malcolm
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    Malcolm looks very much like you have resolved this one, having viewed the information it very much fits but clearly it is an unusual phrase used, thank you.

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