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    Andy,

    "Local Flying Practice" makes sense, particularly in the case I'm thinking off, which is the log of a 30 Sqn pilot newly arrived in Colombo. I was wondering if it might have been Local Familiarization Pxxxxxx but I think you've probably nailed it.

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    Hi All
    Just for nostalgia may I offer
    ASS- Air Signaller School.
    In my day,1956 it was only No1 ASS at Swanton Morley.During WW2 I believe the title was Radio School and they were not at Swanton. It also trained the first of the AEO's for the "Detergent Force" but closed in 1957?,re-opening at Hullavington where I don't think the Air Signaller title survived.
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    ERIC. is the abbreviation that I would like to know the meaning of.
    I think it's an abbreviation as the writer uses periods in his acronyms.
    The abbreviation is in an RAF Air-Bomber's Log Book at OTU.
    1944.Jul.20, Wellington 184 D, day flight time 4.40.

    In the "DUTY" column he writes: ERIC. H.L.B.

    I'm almost certain he writes an "R" but if it's a "P" it would read EPIC.
    I'm guessing that H.L.B. means High Level Bombing.

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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask for help/confirmation with following acronyms:

    No. 1 CMB - I suppose it might be No. 1 Cemtral Medical Board at RAF Halton?
    No. 16 PIC (summer 1944) - it might be only a course, not unit, as it was found in the record of Fighter Pilot who was at the same time with a figher squadron so I suppose he was only attached to this unit/course. My list of abbreviations offers only Photographic Interpretation Centre but it does not seems to be the right explanation. I am thinking also about something like Pilot Instruction/Instructor Course?

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    Pavel
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    Hello Pavel

    Could CMB be Coastal Motorboat? The literature for the Americans serving here, were told that CMB stood for "Coastal Motorboat". An internet search "Coastal Motorboat" indicates they have a Heritage Trust and a website.

    Nothing for PIC.

    Regards Mark
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    CMB is definitely Central Medical Board in the RAF

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    Thanks chaps!
    Hope anyone could help with the PIC too.

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    Pavel
    I think you are probably on the right track suspecting it's a course - I have seen similar things myself in records of service, but as to the ACTUAL CORRECT interpretation, I am not really in a position to offer anything of substance, and I would not try and guess at this stage. Somebody with access to a log book containing actual information for this or a similar course is required at this point, preferably with more than the abbreviations! However if only the abbreviation was used, the actual details of training sorties (if it is in fact a course which involves flying) would be helpful - a diary would be even better.
    David D
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    Hello grounded

    There is a file at The National Archives, Kew, for:- Exercises "Bullseye" and "Eric"

    AIR 14/2796 Air Ministry: Bomber Command: Registered Files. Exercises "Bullseye" and "Eric".
    Covering Dates 01 March 1944 to 30 June 1945

    They were exercises to test our own defences, searchlights etc and also practice exercises for RAF crews who flew out over the sea, turned and then navigated back over the coast to a mock target in Britain, usually a town or city.

    Mark
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    Thanks Mark
    This RAF Air Bomber's logbook has numerous entries with "Bullseye" entered in the "Duty" column while on Wellingtons at No.18 OTU July Aug 1944.

    I assumed Bullseye referred to a practice exercise to bomb a bullseye target set up at a specific location on the ground.

    There is only one entry of ERIC. I knew OTU aircrew tested defenses and went on mock ops but I didn't know it was called ERIC.

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