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    Hi

    My name is Stephen and I am chairman of the WW2 Relic Retrieval & Preservation Group. During a recent dig on an old RAF base, we recovered a spoon with an RAF service number stamped into it. I am having trouble tracing the number as the second digit is up for debate! It could be a 1 or a 4, or possibly even a 7, (corrosion right in the wrong place).

    The number is .....

    1158325
    1458325
    1758325

    1158325 hits on Cecil Bailey, missing in Italy. This bears no relation to the base in the UK where the spoon was found, so I am assuming this is not the number on the spoon.

    I cannot get a hit on either of the other two numbers and wondered if any of you good people would be able to help?

    We are looking to return the spoon to any living relatives, or the RAF member himself, if still alive.

    Many thanks

    Stephen

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    Stephen, Hi,
    Welcome to the forum!
    Number Block 1425001-1474999 was issued Cardington 1 Apr 41 to (poss) 30 Sep 41
    Number Block 1700001-1800000 was issued at Combined Recruiting Centres for Deferred Service (completing degrees, apprenticeships, etc, etc) from 1 Sep 41.
    In either case, you are probably looking for somebody born prior to 1923.
    HTH
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    Hi Resmorah

    Thanks for that. I'd got the block info already so am confident it is an RAF service number, but need to try and trace who it belonged to. Any ideas where to look? Tried the normal archives searches etc.... Is there a specialised online resource I can use? I'm used to tracking army numbers, but this is proving more difficult for some reason.

    Ta

    Stephen

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    Hello,
    From CWGC,
    Not 1758325.
    Sapper Heskin.

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...skin,-michael/

    Alex

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    Thanks Alex.

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    Faulty logic with post #4. The British armed services were each responsible for the allocation of their own service numbers, so unless you know the service in question you cannot claim that any item identified by that number is referring to the RN, Army, or RAF. The man described in post #4 is a member of Army (Sapper), so therefore no connection with RAF. I have often read messages on various forums discussing "duplication" of service numbers. Turns out they are all talking about use of same number by different persons who were members of completely different services, therefore they are NOT duplications. I cannot stress strongly enough that, if you do not know the service to which the person of interest was a member, then you will have to check ALL the armed services and check out their individual lists of number allocations. RRPG 1967 has to be certain that the spoon is DEFINITELY an RAF spoon, although its location seems to indicate that it was. However unless it has the "A.M." and crown monogram, or similar, stamped on it, it cannot be confirmed as an RAF spoon, even if it is! Chances are that all three of the major British services in WW2 all used the same numbers, they were not exclusive to any service, and this was why all identification discs were marked with the parent service of the member concerned.
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    Hello,

    The reason for my input (post 4) was to show that the CWGC had for both WW 1 and WW2 only two people that had the numbers 1158325 and 1758325 in the lists.

    So (to me at least) it showed that the man searched for by Stephen must have survived WW2.

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 5th August 2018 at 20:06.

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