"Establishment" definition and usage
Could someone please explain to me the correct use of the term "Establishment" on a squadron? I would like to ensure I'm using the term correctly.
I understand that during WWII, Immediate Establishment (or I.E.) referred to aircraft ready to fly war operations, and Immediate Reserve (or I.R.) were those with technical or mechanical issues, in maintenance, or having combat damage repaired on-site that were not released for ops.
However, between the wars, would it be correct to use the same terms, or at least refer to a squadron's fleet size as its Establishment? Or was the Establishment the number of aircraft a squadron should have been issued, e.g. 6 aircraft for one Flight & 12 for two (numbers only for illustration), whether the squadron actually had that number of aircraft on hand or not?
Just seeking some guidance on the correct usage of the term specifically during the interwar years, please.
Last edited by Steve Brew; 25th December 2022 at 14:03.
Reason: Added further clarity
41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946