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    Default Help with a couple of WWI/1919 Abbreviations

    I am researching a man who served from 1918-1944, and I have downloaded a copy of his Casualty Card from the RAF Museum website. Most of it is clear, but a few abbreviations escape me and I cannot find anything overly helpful in my searches of the internet, incl forums and abbreviations lists. The offenders are as follows:

    103 Sqn, Serny, France, 24 Sep 18-14 Mar 19

    Posted to "PP Berck", 14 Mar 19
    Attached to "1 AR (2 AW)"
    Posted from 110 Sqn to "Rein Park", 19 Aug 19 (Note: no mention of being posted to 110 Sqn)

    Posted to Home Establishment, 20 Aug 19

    Can anyone help with "PP Berck", "1 AR" and "Rein Park", all three presumably in France...?

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Hello,

    Some possibilties:

    Order of Battle - 11 November 1918 - Part 2: France.

    PP Berck - 2 Aeroplane Supply Depot - Berck-sur-Mer/Pilots Pool Range - Berck-sur-Mer
    1 AR - 1 Aeroplane Repair Park - Marquise (2 AW ?)
    Rein Park - Reinforcement Park - Guines

    See:
    Airmen Died in the Great War
    Hobson,Chris.
    Suffolk:J.B. Hayward & Son,1995.
    p.408

    Col.
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    Steve

    Out of interest what is this persons name ?

    Thanks

    Paul

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    Thanks Col, that's a good help.

    Pilots Pool sounds like a logical term for PP, but would an observer (as he was at the time) have been sent to a pilots' pool? I guess he was aircrew...?

    Hi Paul, his name is Albert Edward Slater, born Dyserth, Wales, 03 March 1900. He was transferred to the unemployed list in August 1919, but rejoined on a Short Service Commission in 1921.

    Thanks gents
    Steve
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    Is he this man before Commission?

    First name(s)
    Edward Albert
    Last name
    Slater
    Birth year
    1900
    Birth county

    Attestation year
    1918
    Service number
    175329
    Occupation
    Student

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    Hi Paul

    Yep, that's him.

    Enl as Pte (175329) in RAF, 3 May 18; com 2 Lt in RAF, 10 Sep 18; to UL, Aug 19; joined RNR as seaman, May 20; joined ADRIC, 24 Nov 20; grntd SSC in RAF GDB as Prob Plt Off (21036), 28 Apr 21; trans to Stores Branch, 19 Jan 25; grntd PC as Fg Off, 21 Oct 25; Temp Wg Cdr, 1 Jan 40; OBE, 1 Jan 41; ret due ill health, 6 Mar 44; d Ryde, IoW, 22 Aug 46.

    Your interest...? Do you need his full bio & postings, or a copy of his AIR79 file?

    Cheers
    Steve
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    Steve

    No Interest I just wondered if you wanted his AM 175 ?

    Paul

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    Not meant to be a silly question but what was a Pilots Pool? The reason I ask is that Berck airfield had no living accommodation - just 4 hangers and a couple of huts in the northeast corner. (I have an aerial photo taken during the winter of 1918-9). So far as I'm aware it was the base of the GHQ Communications Squadron and No 1 RAF Meteorological Flight (3 pilots plus ground crew).

    Brian
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    Etaples, which was a huge military camp with plenty(?) of spare accommodation, is only a few miles away from Berck up the D940?
    HTH
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    Thanks Peter; Etaples was a large medial establishment and infantry base for 'toughening up' troops before moving them on to the front line.

    Steve, I think we are just guessing, but I do know from contemporary aerial photos that there was little at Berck-sur-Mer airfield, it was simply a grass field with 4 hangers and two huts; no obvious living accommodation for large(?) numbers of airmen. I suggest your best bet would be to ask the question on the Great War Forum if you have not already done so.

    Brian

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