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    Default RAFVR Pilots Anomaly

    Hello All,
    The RAFVR Pilots Block is:-
    740000-759999 (Highest Issued 759361. Total Issued 19362.) Issued between Jan 1937 and Jan 1940.
    As an exercise I am trying to populate (on an Excel s/sht) a section (the first 1000!) of that block. There are lots of anomalies. But there is one that I cannot resolve. Please see:-

    Publication Date 23 May 1939 The London Gazette, Issue 34628, Page 3481
    740954 Sergeant Robert Duncan McLAREN.

    Publication Date 4 June 1940 The London Gazette, Issue 34864, Page 3356
    740954 Walter Edward HOLLAND (79152).


    Anybody know which is which? There might be a LG correction somewhere, but I haven’t come across it yet. The vast number of the population so far is of Commissioned Officers (they routinely appear in the LG). Trying to find the NCO RAFVR Pilots is difficult (they (mostly) only appear in the LG for a “good” gong, etc.). Anybody got any hints? Only another 18,000 to go! It keeps me off the streets!! Anybody else want to have 1000 to have a go with? And I’ve met some I actually worked with!! – Archie Winskill, on TQF, was one!!! Good fun!
    Tks any help.
    Peter Davies
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    Default Re: RAFVR Pilots Anomaly

    Air 78 of Forces Records has

    Robert Duncan McLaren 740954

    Walter Edward Holland 740594

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    Default Re: RAFVR Pilots Anomaly

    Peter

    The card on Air 78/107 has:

    McLAREN Robert Duncan 740954, but the number is a hand-written amendment to a previous number typed on the card, which is crossed out, and possibly 700554?

    The card on Air 78/78 has:

    HOLLAND Walter Edward 740594

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Tks for that. Sorry about duplication!! Slow internet, slow computer, slow operator thista with too many fingers!!!
    Tks
    Peter
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