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    Chris,

    Nothing heard yet, mate. I think we are all waiting with bated breath!

    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    If and when it happens.. would it make sense that forum members 'coordinate' the downloads to alieviate the stress on the NA Servers?

    I mean we dont want 200 members trying to download the same 40,000 documents again and again...It slows up the server and makes it frustrating for everyone...

    To give you an idea

    The AIR27 DB on the site has :

    Summary of Events (Form 540) : 21,751
    Record of Events (Form 541) : 19,838
    Appendices: 1,644

    Total Files : 43,233 downloadable files in just AIR27


    PS: I maybe counting my chickens before they are hatched... :)

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    Brilliant idea. Perhaps we should make a list, and then follow it? With a few people this should not be a big problem, I believe. Storage could be, this might take a few bytes.
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    I think Jagan has a good idea. We should compile a list of volunteers here in this thread - optimally like moderators from different timezones and split the AIR27 range - which I suppose is the most interesting for most of the members and also guests - between them?
    On the other hand I think that some volunteers should have a problem with the storage so we should also to solve this.

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    Just an alternative slant:

    I personally think it would have made more sense for TNA to remove the watermark from its preview facility as this would have helped with the majority of "one off" queries and possibly prevented the imminent mass "panic downloading" of the ORBs.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteT View Post
    Just an alternative slant:

    I personally think it would have made more sense for TNA to remove the watermark...
    I agree. Sufficient for most research.

    Jim

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    Just signed in to Discovery and noted that the records I was looking for are now free, with a caveat that you can order up to 10 items per basket, and up to 50 in a 30 day period.

    Sadly, the watermark is still present on the online "Preview Image" button
    Last edited by PeteT; 22nd April 2020 at 17:22.
    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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    I've just downloaded the December 1942 ORB Form 541 for 179 Sqn free of charge, and the downloaded file is not watermarked.

    Simon

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    Default Re: NA (PRO) trying to make all its digitized collections free to access (Now ACTIVE)

    As Jagan suggests - do we need to coordinate an effort ?

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    Default Re: NA (PRO) trying to make all its digitized collections free to access (Now ACTIVE)

    Just downloaded the 44 Sqn ORB for Jan - May 44 for free, without any issues. All good stuff and a 35 saving made. Well done TNA!
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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