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    Hi,

    I have a number of airman who I have found in Air78, however their full christian names are not recorded just initials. My question is, is this normal, this morning I have found six all from 218 Squadron.

    Example J.D Knott 924849 ended up a PoW.

    Any ideas?

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    Steve
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    Hi Steve,
    I can only confirm that in few cases I have been checking in AIR 78 there were also only initials so I was unable to find the full name.
    Unfortunately I have no idea why not all cards have full first names...

    Pavel
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    Are they all early war maybe prewar enlistments?

    I associate this format with just early war and prewar personnel. Purely an observation.
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    Lot of circumstantial evidence (but not much else)!

    There is a John D Knott living at 21 Eaton Square in Sep 1939. He was an Editorial Asst.
    He was born 14 Oct 1919 (according to The Registration) – but I can’t find him on FREEBMD.
    He would have been 18 on 14 Oct 1937.
    924849 is in the Block 900000-934899 issued at Uxbridge 4 Jan 40 to 30 Apr 40?
    Uxbridge is 15 miles from Eaton Square.

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    Hi,

    Gents thank you.

    Not sure if pre-war, but all those I have only initials for from the Air78 operated early 1941.

    Cheers

    Steve
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