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    Chris Woods Guest

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    I am assisting a friend researching their family tree and who has an R.A.F. service record spanning 1920 to 1947. As an old mariner I am having difficulty understanding some of the abbreviations on the documents, and wonder whether someone might be able to help me?

    The aircrewman joined in 1920 as a cook/butcher, was transferred to the Reserve in 1926, appears to have been discharged in 1930, rejoined in 1939 and was released in 1947, still in catering.

    He does not appear to have served overseas.

    If anyone can help, I can offer scans of the documents although I have not worked out how to add them to this message,
    Chris

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    Hi Chris,

    To limit the ability of spammers to display porn on the board I have disabled the photo upload feature and the automatic display of link.

    You can use one of the free hosting sites such as photobucket etc to upload the scans to then cut and paste the photo URL into a message on this board.

    All people need to do to see your scans is cut and paste the link from the message into their browser address header and hit return.

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    Good afternoon Ross,

    How frustrating for you as Administrator, and I've encountered that particular problem on another forum recently, which has almost caused it to be abandoned. At least I now know why I could not find the right button to press to make an attachment

    I'm not very computer literate and the use of photobuckets (? cheap photo flights) is way beyond my simple abilities. Hopefully some kind soul will invited me to send scans as attachment, which would also probably permit higher definition examples. Members are welcome to contact me direct if they wish.

    Thanks for your quick reply,
    Chris

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    Hi Chris

    if no one has done so already then I am willing to post the attachments via my photobucket account.

    I will PM you my email

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross_McNeill View Post
    Hi Chris,

    You can use one of the free hosting sites such as photobucket etc to upload the scans to then cut and paste the photo URL into a message on this board.

    All people need to do to see your scans is cut and paste the link from the message into their browser address header and hit return.

    Regards
    Ross

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't this then give everyone access to the whole of your photobucket account?
    Max

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    Hi Max

    No, you can set the account so that only each individual link/file is accessible. To do so you need togo to your account settings and make it private.

    Then when you "share" a file, right click on the image and "view image". If you paste THAT url, the rest is still inaccessible without the password

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    Thanks Amrit....I didn't know that!!!
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    These are the files that Chris would like some help with

    http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn31/amrit68/Page1Blower.jpg
    http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn31/amrit68/Page4Blefte.jpg

    and this is a photo which Chris states is "amongest fellow Warrant Officers at Brize Norton, supposedly in 1947 (but possibly 1942)"

    http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn31/amrit68/BrizNorton.jpg

    I hope people can help

    K

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    A very big thank you to Kiran for posting the extracts from the service record, and also the group photo taken at Brize Norton.

    I gather this photo was taken beteen 16th-23rd. January 1943 although there is no guarantee of the accuracy of this date. The personnel in the photo include:
    F/O Wisbey, P/O (?D/O) Nobson & ? who was a Czech,
    W/O Howard, Wiles, Edwards, Woolley, Angus, Joseph, ?Jayne, Newman, Potter, Couch and Cooper, no particular order.

    I have a vague understanding of a Naval Warrant Officer (I was M.N.) but am not certain about a Warrant Officer in the R.A.F.
    Is this attained through ability, or length of service in a rank?
    Would he wear a badge to indicate his position in catering?

    The subject of this service record started as an AC2 Cook/Butcher, rising to AC1 1922, LAC 1926 - not certain of his rank in the Reserve, and in 1939 reappears as Cpl, 1940 W.O., 1941 TW/O, 1943 T/WO Cook at which he remain. As a Warrant Offier I guess he would be more than just a cook.

    Chris

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    Chris,
    I've sent you a PM.
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