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    Hello All,

    There was some very limited uniforming of Met Men between the Wars. This seems to have been in response to operational requirements. The NW Frontier and Waziristan (including the Fakir of Ipi!!) feature frequently. The RAF were putting into practice Trenchard’s “aerial policing” theory. Two Met Men were Commissioned in 1925 (located at Peshawar and Quetta), and a third received an MBE for work in the same area just before WW2. This tells me that there was an ongoing ‘war’ in the area for some considerable time. So what’s new??!!

    I am looking for narrative details of “Pink’s War” (Wg Cdr Richard Pink).

    I have seen Malcolm’s ‘wiring diagrams’ of the Indian Wings in the time/place, but they are not very detailed (not down as far as Met Men!). I doubt if the Unit/Sqn ORBs will contain much narrative info (but I stand to be corrected).

    Where do I go for info? Any pointers gratefully received.

    Peter Davies.
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    Not sure if it's any use:

    June 1926 AFL

    F/O Harold C Pyper - Met duties as of 22 Sept 1925 Iraq command

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    Looking further into

    June 1926 AFL

    Only 2 bods listed as Met officers
    F/l Reginald Percy Betty 2 Oct 1925
    F/L Richard George Veryard 2 Oct 1925
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    Ross,
    Tks. It's "Batty" not 'Betty' (typo). Can't find their Relinquishment(s) in the LG. The third (in the late 30's) was Leslie Herbert Starr (Cmd 14 Oct 1935). All three went on to much higher things in Met O. They were 'real' Met Men, as opposed to a number of GD Pilots (some of whom, I suspect, had upset Staish at a Dining-In) who were posted as 'i/c Met' (Fg Off H C Pyper may be one such!) in the more remote, and undesirable, overseas Stations!!
    I'm trying to 'see' how the RAF reacted to these short-term Commissionings, for apart from WW2, it was to become a 'norm' (Kuwait, Aden, Suez, etc) until the re-establishment of the Mobile Met Unit subsequent to the re-birth of 38 Grp on 1 Jan 1960.
    Tks yr help,
    Peter
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    Chaz Bowyer in his RAF Operations 1918-1938 (William Kimber, 1988) gives a whole chapter over to 'Pink's War' (pp170-180).

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    Errol,
    Tks for that heads-up.
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