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    SB,

    Having applied for over 30 RAF service records thus far, they will need a copy of the official death certificate. This is easy enough to obtain via the UK GRO online site, providing you have access to the relevant BMD register and the index number (available via Ancestry / FMP). This service now costs 11. It does not matter whether this formal death certificate is handwritten or typed, it just needs to be the one that the GRO send you.

    Best of luck!

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    Hello All,

    I've now got the service records. Quite an easy process and were delivered 4 weeks after submitting the request on 14/12.

    His records indicate he served with 238 squadron and saw service in Burma and Australia - no one in the family was aware of this and explains why he was photographed in Adelaide.

    For anyone interested in 238 squadron I found this website: https://raf238squadron.wordpress.com/

    I have one question regarding the service records: -
    The record lists his medal entitlements - is there anyway of finding out whether he actually collected them?

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    SB,

    The covering letter you got from RAF Disclosures should tell you (probably on page 2) how to enquire about the medals. In short - send a copy of the service record you now have to the Ministry of Defence Medal Office at Gloucester. If they have not been claimed already, by the recipient or next of kin, the nearest surviving NOK will be able to claim them. Good luck!

    Geoff

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    I'm looking for assistance in decoding & understanding some of the entries in the record

    There are posting to 2 units which I cannot identify.
    1. One looks like: 'ACS EA'. Is this correct and if so what did it do?
    2. The other looks like: '7 PRG'. I know what '7 (P) AFU' is but not '7 PRG'
    2a. Does anyone know what '2763 Sqdn0' and 'Stn Lympne (O)' means?
    ( O = Observer? and if so what duties does this entail?)

    3. For promotions it looks like it goes
    LAC -> T/Corporal (?) -> L/Sgt -> L/Cpl (?) which seems a bit odd to me.

    Does 'T' mean 'temporary', is 'L/Cpl' = 'LAC' ?

    [If I could figure out how to add an image I would but at present it's got me stumped]

    Thanks in advance

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    Hello

    Air Command, South East Asia
    7 PRG should be 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, but that is a U.S. unit, not R.A.F. In this case, the context would help.

    2763 Squadron looks like a unit of the R.A.F. Regiment.

    What was the trade of the airman you are researching ?

    Joss

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    Hello Joss,

    Yes 'Air Command, South East Asia' makes sense. It fits in with the unit postings plus the photos of him in tropical gear.

    Like you, I saw '7 PRG' and dismissed it because its US.
    On 17/7/41 he was posted to RAF North Luffenham.
    The next posting is to 50 Gp(pool).
    1.6.42. He went to 7 (P) AFU
    12/9/42 He went to 7 PRG

    The trade is Cook & Butcher (C & B)

    Thanks for the assistance with the ACS EA. It does help

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    is the G in PRG deffinetly a G? Might it be a C? as in Harrogates 7 PRC, Personnel Reception Center
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    A summary of RAF Regiment 2763 Squadron (which may help with posting dates / locations):

    2763 Doncaster 1941 – became Light Anti-Aircraft Unit May 1943 – Disbanded, April 1944.

    Regards

    Pete
    Last edited by PeteT; 28th January 2020 at 15:27.
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    @ dennis_burke:
    It could possibly be a 'C' instead of a 'G', making it '7 PRC'
    That makes sense as the majority of the postings are all in the central England area

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