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    Hi all,

    I'm working on a career summary, which was transcribed by a family member of the man in question, so do not have the original to refer to. Unfortunately, it contains a few abbreviations that have me stumped, and I'm not sure whether the abbreviations are the pilot's or the transcriber's so they may not be the generally accepted short forms of the units (etc.) in question.

    For context, the man was a GD pilot who in 1941 seems to have moved into flying control with Ferry Command, I believe, though there's no evidence of a transfer to that branch. In fact, he transferred to Admin & Special Duties in Nov 41. However, he was based at various times at Prestwick, Iceland, and Canada (presumably Dorval).

    The abbreviations I'm hoping for some help with are as follows:

    Oct 40 - Chief Instructor, Glider Squadron, Central L. Establishment - I cannot find an establishment with a middle word starting with 'L'. Possibly a transcription error, but which establishment (CFE?) had a glider squadron in late Battle of Britain days???

    Sep 41 - No. 4 Reg. Cent. Crse, Reg. Cent. School - This course was immediately prior to being posted to TAC Prestwick

    Aug 42 - NAC Ferry Command - North Atlantic Control? Where would this have been located?

    Thanks for your insights
    Steve
    Last edited by Steve Brew; 20th September 2020 at 21:44.
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Steve,

    Glider Squadron, Central "L" Establishment, could well be:

    CENTRAL LANDING SCHOOL/ESTABLISHMENT

    Formed 31.8.40 as the Parachute Training Centre in No.22 Group at Ringway as the Central Landing School, for the urgent task of training aircraft and glider-borne paratroops; 18.9.40 redesignated Central landing Establishment; 10.40 divided into three sub-units, Parachute Training Squadron, Glider Training Squadron and Development Unit (formed 22.9.40); 1.12.40 to No.70 Group...

    See: FT$SU since 1912/Sturtivant /A-B/2007/p.86.

    A discourse on the CLE here:

    https://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint...nkins14PhD.pdf - p.93 & 311 (Appendix 3) of 324 pdf.

    Col.
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    Default Re: Abbreviation Help

    Hi Steve

    CLE would definitely be Central Landing Establishment.

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    Default Re: Abbreviation Help

    Thanks Col, that would fit nicely. Just what I was looking for, thank you.

    And thanks, bvs, for confirming.

    Steve
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    Hi Steve

    I suggest Reg Cent School is actually Regional Control School, the forerunner of ATC School

    NAC - probably Dorval or Prestwick

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm

    Do you have a location for the Regional Control School, please?

    And is NAC is North Atlantic Air Control, in the same way that TAC is Trans-Atlantic Air Control?

    Thanks
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    Hi Steve

    Regional Control School was at Brasenose College, Oxford in Sep 1941. It was renamed School of Flying Control in Dec 1941 on moving to Watchfield

    NAC is actually Northern Aircraft Control at Reykjavik, Iceland (CAFL)

    Cheers

    Malcolm

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    Many thanks, Malcolm; just what I needed.

    Steve
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