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    Gents,

    Apologies for this, I'm sure it has come up before, but I can't find it in the search.

    I'm looking to get a copy of 61 Sqn ORB for 1944. I have found the NA reference. I think I would like to order a copy from the NA. I find the website confusing, do I pay for a 20 estimate and then extra for the copy? If I want one year of an ORB how much does it cost? Do I have a choice of mediums?

    Your experiences would be very helpful.

    Thanks

    Jim

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    Jim,

    The first step is in getting an estimate for the pages you need. Getting an estimate is free. search the catalog for the catlog number - For 61 Sqn the following come up.

    AIR 27/576 Operations record book 1937 Mar 1940 Dec.
    AIR 27/577 Operations record book 1941 Jan. 1942 Dec.
    AIR 27/578 Operations record book 1943 Jan. Dec.
    AIR 27/579 Operations record book 1944 Jan. Dec.
    AIR 27/580 Operations record book 1945 Jan. Dec.

    Appendices (Sortie Reports, Miscelleanea)
    AIR 27/581 Appendices 1941 Mar. June
    AIR 27/582 Appendices 1941 Mar. 1944 Dec.


    You can request an estimate for the pages you need . If it is only a few pages - then getting photocopies is the option.

    Squadron ORBs are luckily available on "Microform via CD" service - i.e they are available on Microform readily scanned into a DVD / CD at the cost of 25GBP per Microform. For that you have to contact them at <microformorders@nationalarchives.gov.uk>. Note if the entire Squadron ORBs are spread over five + two files - then the cost maybe 175GBP to get the entire thing on CD/DVD. But since you only want the 1944 portion, you will pay for the two reels AIR 27/579 + 582 .

    So start with an estimate and then decide

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    Cheers for that, answered a few questions.

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