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    Default Clarification re abbreviations for Record of Service WWII Airman Flgt Sgt. Muttart

    On the record of service is a term DRO (Divisional Routing Order). In that column is mentioned RAF and next to it a number, which varies from line to line. When the pilot was presumed dead the DRO say RAF 17. As an example, on other lines, the DROs are: RAF 45, RAF 47, RAF 48. Does anyone have any idea what the numbers mean? The pilot was in Squadron 76. Pieter

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    First thing to clear up is the abbreviation DRO - it stands for Daily Routine Order.

    A periodic collection of housekeeping records on one list that is circulated to relevant parties for their information and action.

    The usual DRO XX/41 etc means Daily Routine Order Number XX issued during 1941.

    The RAF equivalent publication was POR (Personnel Occurance Report) examples can be found by search on this forum.

    So numbers relate to a multi page document and the authority relates to one unspecified line in the document where the movement/posting is listed.

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    Hi Ross,

    Thanks for your reply, but it is still not clear to me what the RAF numbers mean. I am not familiar with these terms and am trying to gather as much information on Mr. Muttart as possible for my Cenotaph research project. ( I am a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and am doing research on the names that are mentioned on our cenotaph and Mr. Muttart is one of them.

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    it would help not to create multiple threads on a subject!

    here is your thread from earlier this week:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ice-No-R-64729
    Dennis Burke
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    Ok,

    Try this analogy.

    A big company has a central register of incoming post and splits it into two major streams confidential and non confidential.

    Most companies will copy an non confidential letter several times and send it to all people who need to know the contents and those who need to do some action on all or a small part of the info it contains.

    The big company has a policy of saving paper so they condense all the incoming post for the day into one list of salient items.

    One copy of this list is stuck up on the staff notice board and everyone flicks through the list as they get coffee. As they see something that they need to action they make a note of it on the back of their hand and clear the deed when they get back to their desk.

    Now the time auditors want each person in the company to account for all the actions they do. Rather than write out what they did in long hand they make the time auditors do the work by describing the reason for the action as from a particular document but do not say exactly which item.

    eg Authority - Daily List Number 20 - go look it up yourself auditor!

    They assume that the time auditor is smart enough to understand that if they booked time to a list action then it was probably related to a list posted in the current year. Some auditors are too pedantic to accept this and insist the year is added eg 20/16.

    So the reference is to the RCAF clerk to go look at RAF Personnel Occurance Report No.17 for the full details of why the entry was made.

    Depending on the HQ admin procedure they may have been sympathetic to the clerk and added a copy of the full RAF POR in the service file as an enclosure and the number listed relates to this enclosure eg type DRO, enclosure No.12 (the next enclosure in the file may be say an RAF POR eg RAF 13)

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    Thanks Ross, Its clear now.

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    Hi,

    I am new to this and although its the same person, it were different subjects and so I created a new thread. Will know for the next time.

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