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    Default Term 'O. D. Staff Chaplain'?

    Hi all

    I have reference in the Llanbedr ORB of one Wg. Cdr. Rev. John R. Appleyard '(O. D. Staff Chaplain)' visiting Llanbedr on 23 October 1942.

    Can anyone tell me what the 'O. D.' stands for, or what role an O. D. Staff Chaplain fulfilled?

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    How about 'Other Denominations'?

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    Hi Steve,

    Currently, the Staff Chaplain is the head of the RAF Chaplaincy. Currently a women, ranked S/Ldr. If nobody can answer your question about O.D., ask the specialist:
    leeadm-chaplain@leeming.raf.mod.uk (S/Ldr., Chaplains Office & Webmaster of the Chaplaincy webpage).

    Rob

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    Hi Steve,

    Checking the Chaplaincy website, I believe that O.D. stands for Ordinance Director.

    Rob

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    Hi Steve
    I believe Brian is right with "Other Denominations". The RAF in WW2 would have been C-of-E but would have made provision for other Churches. Depending on the established strength of a given station there might also have been a Chaplain for RC members and possibly a Rabbi, but everything else would have been dealt with by the Chaplain OD he may even have been the channel for RC and Jewish personnel possibly using local civilian Priests or Rabbis. Remember the Church of England was the Established Church for the UK and was a much more respected and prominent organisation than it has now become.What Rob has pointed out is, I suspect, modern terminology, reflecting the changed circumstances of Religion since the war ended
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    Gentlemen,

    Rather than speculate, do ask some-one who shall know. Email contact details supplied earlier. The term "Director of Ordinans" is matched to one of the names of Chaplains who produced articles in the yearly report of the RAF Chaplaincy.

    Rob

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    Hi Gents

    Thanks very much. "Other denominations" certainly makes sense, as indeed do the other suggestions made, so I have taken Rob's advice and e-mailed the RAF Chaplains Office, to be sure. Thanks guys, I appreciate your input.

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    Thanks once again gents, and particularly Rob

    Your suggestion was a "voll Treffer". I received a full reply back from them within 48 hours, with name, religion, period of service, and a definition of "O.D.": "OD stands for ‘other denomination’ and in those days a Staff Chaplain was like a Principal Chaplain.".

    For future reference, for anyone else looking for info on RAF Chaplains, the person to write to is:

    Reverend (Squadron Leader) Eleanor Rance
    Staff Chaplain
    Chaplaincy Services (RAF)
    Mil: 95221 6264
    BT: 01494 496264
    E-mail: eleanor.rance356@mod.uk
    Internal: AIR Chap-Staff

    ...who is referred to internally as their "historical guru"!

    Regards
    Steve
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