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    I am looking for the trade of P/O R. Armstrong RAF (1434272 / 125157), or if he ever spent time with 408 Squadron.
    Thanks, richard

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    Richard, I can only offer up that he was air crew:
    Air Ministry, 9th March, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To, be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Ldg. Acm.
    19th June 1942.
    1434272 Richard ARMSTRONG (125157).
    If someone has access to an Air Force list of the 44/45 period that should provide the answer.
    Regards, Terry

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    He was promoted to War substantive Flt Lt on 13 Sep 1944 and appears to have been a pilot.

    Oct 1945 AFL

    Malcolm

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    Thanks both for the info. I guess is not my guy, i'm looking for a bomb aimer.
    Richard

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    Hi Richard

    The AFL in Oct 1945 list personnel under

    General Duties
    General Duties (AG & WOps)
    General Duties (Flt Engs)
    General Duties (Navigators)
    General Duties (Nav Instructors)
    General Duties (Met Air Obs)

    but no General Duties (Air Bombers) so they may have been in the GD branch so he may be your man

    Malcolm

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    Thanks for the info Malcolm I have two Canadian lists for Oct 44 and Oct 45. Most list a trade, GD, AE, B, N, WAG AG etc.
    Richard

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    Malcolm,
    Yr 23MAR09 1949Z refers.
    Where do I find the list of GD(MAOs) in Oct 1945 (and, indeed, any other period from their inception to their disbandment)?
    Rgds
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Peter

    I've sent you a PM

    Malcolm

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    Gentlemen,
    From my experience with RAF Lists of WW2 era, Air Bombers (official title) were not noted as such, as all such qualified personnel appeared under the generic "Navigator" title. Likewise all W/Opr Air Gunners appeared under Air Gunners from memory (although I stand to be corrected on this). Early in WW2 it was customary to recognize Observers and Air Gunners, with all others assumed to be Pilots (as in prewar days), but with the "splitting" of the Observer trade in mid-1942 to give navigator and air bomber it would seem that the people who compiled the pages for the AFLs tried to keep the breakdown of flying trades in lists rather simpler than the true situation.
    David D

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