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    Default Small detail in ORB.

    Hello,
    I have a question about entries in an ORB.
    After the pilots name there is the following , (C).
    Would this mean that he was a Canadian in the RAF or that he was an RCAF man serving in an RAF squadron.
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    Default Re: Small detail in ORB.

    Alex,

    Does this just apply to one particular pilot or to all? I assume too it's not a single-crewed aircraft?

    Without seeing it, I would have thought that it stood for 'captain'.

    Geoff

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    Default Re: Small detail in ORB.

    Alex, I have not seen such a note to be a nationality.
    The nationality has been always denoted by three letter like Aus. or Can. even if the squadron was RAAF or RCAF. British personnel in RCAF squadron ORB was stated as RAF.
    If we are talking about bomber crew I have seen only evident abbreviations of trade like (P), (N), (B), (W), (E), (G).
    But as not all ORBs used Pilot - some used Captain - I would agree with Geoff that (C) may stand for Captaian rather than for Canadian.

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    Default Re: Small detail in ORB.

    Was looking at 74 Sqn orb for early 1943, Two come to mind.
    One named as
    F/S R W Shirkie (C)
    others were
    F/S W J Wilson (C)
    F/O H F Norman (C)
    F/O J H McPherson (C)
    P/O H B Prendergast ( C)
    There may have been others, those two named I remembered from the search.
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 10th June 2020 at 22:10.

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    Default Re: Small detail in ORB.

    Hi Alex, well in this case I would agree it would mean Canadian.
    But it would be difficult to say if all were RCAF members or some of them were Canadians serving in the RAF. I personally would bet for the RCAF.

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    Default Re: Small detail in ORB.

    Hello Alex. All the mentioned names come up as valid RCAF pilots.
    Hope this helps.
    Richard

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    Default Re: Small detail in ORB.

    Hello Richard,
    So they were RCAF and not Canadian's serving in the RAF ?
    Where did you find the info ? PM me with details if you wish to keep it off web please.
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    Default Re: Small detail in ORB.

    Here are the details.
    Prendergast.HB J-16381
    McPherson.JH J-10142
    Norman.HF J-6497
    Wilson.WJ J-19497
    Shirkie.RW R-94521/J-92783
    Hope this helps.
    Richard

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