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    Default French Air Force in WW2

    Hello All,
    I am quietly working my way through a large list of PoWs. The end result (with others) is to reconcile/resolve several (sometimes conflicting!) lists. It currently has 13.5 k Rows! One of the Cols is for ‘Force’. Within this there are: FFAF, FFAL, FFEF, FFEL. I presume these are the initials (both in French and English) of what was the Free French Air Force in WW2? Which would be the best, singular, one to use?
    And while we are at it, what was the (rough!) equivalent rank of a French aircrew Adjutant? And what were the Forenames of Adj R A Jabin (taken PoW by the Italians), and did he have a service number – and in what series?
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    Default Re: French Air Force in WW2

    Hello Peter,

    You will have the details about Adj R A Jabin by e-mail.

    Best regards

    Finn Buch

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    Default Re: French Air Force in WW2

    Hello

    FFAF for Free French Air Force, in English, FAFL for Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, in French. Others would be spelling errors. Or other meanings.

    Adjudant is equivalent to Warrant Officer. Adjudant-chef would be a Warrant Officer 1st Class for the air forces when there's a first and a second class for W/Os.

    Joss

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    Default Re: French Air Force in WW2

    Finn/Joss,
    Many thanks for your help - much appreciated.
    I had guessed that Adjudant was at W/O level - but nice to have the detail.
    Jabin's history does seem complicated. In the list of PoWs taken by the Italians there is no data for the Camp Number, so we don't know where he "went in the bag"!! He does seem to have been shot by a firing squad?
    Thanks again
    Peter Davies
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