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    Hello All,
    Richard Gibson was the son of William Gibson and Mary Storey (m Q3 1953). His birth was Reg Q3 1957 Cleveland 1b 933.
    He joins the RAF. Nothing unusual about that – BUT
    His entry in TNA AIR 78/61/2 Image 286, Bottom Left, confirms his DoB. It has another date (6 Aug 1974) stamped on it – presumably his Enlistment date at age 17?. Nothing unusual about that – BUT
    Look at his Service Number!!! A8113174. This is typewritten. The keys are reasonably clean, and the image has good focus/contrast.
    I would be grateful if some expert can tell me what that s/n means. Or am I missing something blindingly obvious?
    TIA
    Peter Davies
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    Hi Pete

    Nothing unusual as he was born in 1957, three years after me.

    In the 70-80s all service numbers had a computer 'check letter' added, airmen as a prefix and officers as a suffix.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm,
    Mni tks for that. When computer check letters came in mine (both my RAF F1250, and my Civil Service ID number) were both after the numbers. Was not aware of the airmen prefix letter.
    Tks
    Peter
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    Hi Peter
    I joined up as a Halton apprentice in 1970 and my S/N started with C8011***

    rgds baz

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