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    I have been reviewing the ORB's for 64 Base (RCAF Bomber Command) and note the terms "Derby, Goodwood and Freshers" under "Serviceability". Can anyone comment as to what these terms mean?

    http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...28/198?r=0&s=3

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    Unfortunately, I did not record the source of this information, so I can't credit it, but this should answer most of your question:

    SCALE OF EFFORT
    7. The following Code Words are used to indicate the scale of effort required:-

    AINTREE
    (i) Indicates one third of the available aircraft with crews.

    EPSOM
    (ii) Indicates half of the available aircraft with crews.

    ASCOT
    (iii) Indicates two thirds of the available aircraft with crews.

    DERBY
    (iv) Indicates the maximum effort from operational squadrons excluding crews which have operated on both of the two previous nights and crews screened for training, re-equipping or for any similar purpose.

    GOODWOOD
    (v) Indicates the maximum possible effort from Operational Squadrons, including all suitable ‘freshmen’. All crews whether screened for training, re-equipping or for any similar purpose, irrespective of the number of previous consecutive nights on which they have operated are to be employed.

    GRAND NATIONAL
    (vi) GOODWOOD from operational squadrons, supplemented by contingents from the Conversion Flights and Units and O.T.U.s and all operationally fit crews with aircraft from squadrons re-equipping or training. O.T.U. crews are to be made up of instructional staffs and pupil crews at A.O.C.’s discretion. A proportion of instructors may be included in Conversion Flight and Unit crews.

    On the subject of Freshers, I assume, this refers to newly qualified crews

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    Thanks so much! That answers my question.

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    Yes, Freshers were new crews and seemed to indicate that despite going through and OTU and perhaps HCU crews still may not be up to par on the latest equipment and techniques. The term Freshman was also used for exercises or missions with new crews. The attrition rate must have meant there was nearly always at least one untrained crew.

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