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    Thanks Pavel, makes sense. Now, what about ATEL?

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    Bill,

    ATEL = Aviation Traders (Engineering) Limited - Stansted, Essex.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col.

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    Hello All
    I am looking for the meaning of the abbreviation S.E.A. Please.
    This is marked under the column "TRADE"
    It has this under "TRADE", its not south east asia!
    Have looked under the abbreviations in the "sticky notes" and not in there.
    Could it be "single engined aircraft", is that regarded as a trade???
    What about "servicing echelon something"
    The guy was in 113 110 8 ARD 329 M.U's at Brindisi latter part of ww11.
    Now although he was attached to 148 squadron, he was also in SOE and did a number of parachute drops over Yugoslavia and was fighting with the partisans over there.
    It is around the same period of time(as the listed S.E.A.) that he volunteered for SOE duties.
    I think the correct answer to the S.E.A. could be the clue we need to find out exactly what he was doing in Yugoslavia. Many thanks in anticipation. regards john335

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    Not entirely certain, but as parachutes may well be involved, how about something like "Safety Equipment Assistant" or some such? I am not knowledgeable enough on RAF trades in WW2 to know for certain, but the expression "Safety equipment" was becoming more prominent by this stage I believe. This by definition would lnclude parachutes, harnesses, life rafts, survival kits, signaling devices, etc. And you are quite right - Single Engine Aircraft is definitely NOT a trade, and you would be right to ignore this translation in this instance! I am not certain if Parachute Packer was still a trade in RAF in latter part of WW2, but it may well have been. However there was by this time a much larger range of other safety equiupment being introduced in different theatres that the addition of further trades in this sphere not concerned directly with the delicate task of packing and unpacking parachutes could be justified.
    David D

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    Hi

    It will be Safety Equipment Assistant, I have written a report on an airman who had this trade and served wit 279 Sqn.

    Malcolm

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    Hi all,

    I also think that in this case of Trade acronym David is right - Safety Equipment Assistant.

    Pavel
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    Hello Pavel, Malcolm, David,
    Many thanks gentlemen for your thoughts re S.E.A abbreviation.
    I am sure that "Safety Equipment Assistant " will be the correct one.
    Best regards john hudson

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    Hi all, I have one new abbreviation from the Log Book recorded in the early 50s which I am not able decipher:

    AIRTEST - I/F

    Any idea for what I/F stands?

    Any help much appreciated

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Hello Pavel

    Instrument Flying is most likely.

    Joss

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