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    Default Abbreviation interpretation

    Can someone please help me with the following abbreviation:

    A & S D

    I have it after the names of several officers on both posting in and posting out. It is in the place of awn aircrew trade e.g. PILOT.

    I can't find it in the list of abbreviations provided by the Air Historical Branch. I'm guessing that it is something to do with Administration?

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    thanks

    Daz
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    Default Re: Abbreviation interpretation

    A&SD = Admin & Special Duties. It included a multitude of sins of jobs. A lot of the RAF Intelligence (INT) Officers were A&SD, and many of the Security (SY) Officers. The War threw up a lot of tasks/jobs that could not be adequately covered by the existing Branches. Also, if you wanted to disguise what an Officer was doing (for security, or planning, reasons) his job could simply be said to be in the Admin & Spec Duties Branch - ask no more questions!
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    Default Re: Abbreviation interpretation

    Peter,

    makes perfect sense. I think the chaps concerned were the Squadron adjutants.

    thanks

    Daz

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