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    In Canada the Personnel Depots were holding units for people in between postings. Back then travel from one unit to another could take several days, and during that time both the last unit and the next unit would be without the services of the travelling individual, so it wasn't fair to burden either of them with his pay and upkeep - or to have the traveller show on the unit strength. The Personnel Depot was a holding unit that allowed the person to be paid and housed while travelling, and still allowed the operational units to have the right number of "effectives". In some cases, a person was never physically at the Depot, just on their books while travelling.

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    To Bill and Dee,

    thank you for your explanation regarding to holding units. I´m seeking more info about another unit from group of support units - STAGING POST.
    Any information will be very helpful

    Milan

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    Default LFP?

    Would anyone know what the abbreviation LFP in a pilot's log book might be?

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    Rob,
    It might just be "Low Flying Practice"? Thus making it authorised low flying - as opposed to the un-authorised low flying practice indulged in by some resulting in their demise???
    HTH
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    I know that the original request on this thread is for RAF abbreviations.
    But there seems to be some wiggle-room to add other information.
    Hey, it's a forum...
    I received my late father's service records from the Canadian government.
    Along with the other papers was a list of RCAF abbreviations.
    Here is the list (it's incomplete as there are abbreviations in the service records not on the list):
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    The following is a list of some of the abbreviations which might occur in the enclosed
    Royal Canadian Air Force personnel records.

    adm. – admitted
    Air B. – Air Bomber
    AC1 or AC2 – Aircraftsman 1st Class or 2nd Class
    ACHQ – Air Command Headquarters or Area Combined Headquarters
    ACU – Aircrew Conditioning Units
    ADC – Air Detection Corps
    AEM – Air Engine Mechanic
    AFHQ – Air Force Headquarters
    AFM – Air Frame Mechanic
    AFS – Advanced Flying School
    AFU – Advanced Flying Unit
    AG – Air Gunner
    AGGTS – Air Gunner Ground Training School
    AGS – Air Gunnery School
    AGTS – Air Graduate Training School
    AHU – Administrative and Holding Unit
    AID – Aeronautical Inspection District
    AMD – Auxiliary Manning Depot
    ANS – Air Navigation School
    AOC – Air Officer Commanding
    AOS – Air Observer School
    APE – Address Prior to Enlistment
    ARC – Appraisal and Refresher Course
    Arm (B or G) – Armourer (Bombs or Guns)
    auth. – authority, authorised
    AWL (or AWOL) – Absent Without Leave
    BAT – Beam Approach Training
    B&GS – Bombing and Gunnery School
    B&GFU – Bombing and Gunnery Flying Unit
    BR – Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron
    BSU – Bombing Survey Unit
    CFS – Central Flying School
    CIU – Clinical Investigation Unit
    CLK – Clerk
    CMU – Construction and Maintenance Unit
    CTS – Composite Training School
    CU – Conversion Unit
    CVSM – Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
    dis. – discharged
    DRO – Daily Routine Order
    D.T. – Driver Transport
    EA – Enemy Aircraft (or Enemy Action)
    EAC – Eastern Air Command
    ED – Equipment Depot or Efficiency Decoration
    EFTS – Elementary Flying Training School
    Elect. – Electrician
    Emb. – Embarked
    Eqpmt. Ass’t. – Equipment Assistant
    F/C – Flight Commander
    FIS – Flying Instructor School
    FL – Flying List
    F/Lt – Flight Lieutenant
    Flt. Eng. – Flight Engineer
    Flt/Sgt (or F/S) – Flight Sergeant
    F/O – Flying Officer
    FTU – Flying Training Unit
    FW – Fighter Wing
    G/C – Group Captain
    GD – General Duties
    GIS – Ground Instructors School
    GRS – General Reconnaissance School
    HE – Home Establishment (or High Explosive)
    HCU – Heavy Conversion Unit
    HWE – Home War Establishment
    IFS – Instrument Flying School
    ITS – Initial Training School
    KIA – Killed in Action
    LAC – Leading Aircraftman
    LAW – Leading Aircraftwoman
    LG – London Gazette
    LWOP – Leave Without Pay
    LWP – Leave With Pay
    Mach. – Machinist
    MD – Manning Depot
    MID – Mentioned in Despatches
    MM – Motor Mechanic
    Nav. – Navigator
    NETD – Non-Effective Transit Depot
    N/E Unit – Non-Effective Unit
    NWAC – North West Air Command
    OTS – Operational Training Squadron
    OTU – Operational Training Unit
    P/L – Privilege Leave
    P/O – Pilot Officer
    PRC – Personnel Reception Centre
    PTU – Port Transit Unit
    RC – Recruiting (or Release or Reselection) Centre
    RD – Repair (or Repatriation) Depot
    RDF – Radio Direction Finding (Radar)
    RNS – Radio and Navigation School
    RU – Radio Unit
    SAN – School of Air Navigation
    SE – Servicing Echelon
    SFTS – Service Flying Training School
    Sgt. Plt. (or Sgt. P.) Sergeant Pilot
    S/L – Squadron Leader
    SLTW – Special Leave Travel Warrant
    SOS – struck off strength
    SR – Special Reserve
    SU – Staging Unit
    TAC – Tactical Air Command
    TAF – Tactical Air Force
    TD – Temporary Duty
    TOS – taken on strength (of a unit)
    TTS – Technical Training School
    U.T. – Under Training
    WAC – Western Air Command
    WAG (or WOAG) Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
    W/C – Wing Commander
    w.e.f. – with effect from
    WEM – Wireless and Electrical Mechanic [Radar]
    Wg – Wing
    Wg Hq – Wing Headquarters
    W/Mech. – Wireless Mechanic
    W/O or (W/Op) – Wireless Operator
    WOI or WOII – Warrant Officer (Class 1 or Class 2)
    WS – Wireless School
    “Y” Depot – Overseas Transit Depot
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    Hi all, after consultation with Jagan I made this post Sticky. Requests for abbreviation explanation are quite common and I think it might be helpful for all of us to keep postings on this subject in one thread only.

    So if you have any further post regarding any abbreviations please post here.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Stuart View Post
    Would anyone know what the abbreviation LFP in a pilot's log book might be?
    Hi Rob,

    LFP = Local Flying Practice. ie flying around the immediate area of the aerodrome.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
    Per Speculationem Impellor ad Intelligendum

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    LOCAL Flying Practice/LOW flying practice:- close enough for Govt Work as we used to say!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    This is a very good idea. I wonder too if we could from time to time consolidate the content of these threads and add a link to a single document on the Home Page. Same for Form 78 abbreviations and other useful listings for which there are frequent requests and contributions.

    Robert

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    WETP - War Emergency Training Program (Canada):
    The Youth Training Act of 1939 enacted the War Emergency Training Program (1940-46) to provide technical training for individuals in the armed services and war industries. Recruiting Officers were trained to identify recruits who showed a potential to succeed in the WETP.

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