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    Hello,

    Can anyone assist me with the following please? I am researching an RAF Pilot and his service record shows the following:

    30/12/46 'Supy on recall to ESC'

    Does anyone know what Supy means in this context and what is ESC?

    Kind regards

    Paul

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    Hi Paul,

    while I am not familiar with the ESC, Supy means supernumerary.

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    Hi Paul

    Supy means Supernumerary - ie over and above the established strength of the unit.

    With regard ESC, is it hand written or typed, could any of the letters be misinterpreted? Can you scan and attach the relevant section of the record, adjacent entries may offer a clue?

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    Hi Malcolm, Scanning it will not help. The letters are typed in capitals so there is no mistake. It comes under the heading of 'Duties'.

    Regards

    Paul

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    Hello Paul,
    Where is the pilot in question at the time of the entry?

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    He is in Uxbridge. That is all it says. If it helps he left the RAF in March 1946 but on 30th December 1946 he is 'Supy on recall to ESC'. He then remains in the RAF until 1958

    Paul

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    A couple of possible answers:
    This was the time United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was formed. Does your man have the credentials they would find useful?
    Also there was E.S.C.C. (Engineering Standards Co-Ordinating Committee) which was an Inter Services Technical Panel, possibly more in fitting with someone who remained in the RAF.
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    Hello,

    Possibly an Extended Service Commission (A.M.O. A775/45, Scheme B)*

    *Retaining their existing ranks under wartime rules. Relative seniority in substantive rank will be determined later.

    Examples here: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/5675

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    Guys, Many thanks for the answers so far. ESC would certain fit for Extended Service Commission. He did not retain his rank though.He was a Squadron Leader from March 1944 when he was with 9 Squadron RIAF. He returned to the UK in December 44 and in September 45 was a Wing Cdr in the War Room. As the war had finished he obviously chose to leave and did so in March 46. On returning he is back to being a Flt. Lt and when he finally left in 58 his rank was Sqn. Leader.
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    'Extended Service Commission' seems more likely than the two explanations I offered. However, the information from Paul concerning this pilot's post-war ranks contradicts everything I understood about the scheme. So the question is: does ESC fit the pattern here? Is there a set of rules we can refer to?

    Perhaps the key is that he was an acting Wing Commander but that still seems a big gap to Flt Lt.

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