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    Default "ECIF Angle" on an RAF Service Record

    Hullo chaps

    I'm interpreting a service record for an RAF Flight Engineer, Halifax, Coastal Command etc.

    One of his postings was, while serving with 517 Sqn to:

    ECIF Angle in September 1944.

    The only 'ECI' I can find from the various online lists is
    Engineer Control Instructor

    so I'm assuming this was a course and it took place at RAF Angle.

    He was also sent to the "Bristol Aeroplane Company" in April 1945 for 8 days.

    And... during his training with 4 S of TT he was posted/sent to Rootes Securities for a few days, I presume to get to see the Halifax hands on.

    Any guesses?

    Thanks

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    Last edited by dennis_burke; 20th February 2008 at 09:36. Reason: Corrected AEROPLANE
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    G'day Dennis

    Fist off, Angle was a satellite for R.A.F. Station Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire.

    E.C.I.F. - Engine Control Instructions Flight. It was part of No. 19 Group, Coastal Command.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Dennis,
    Just out of sheer curiosity, was that REALLY the "Bristol Airplane Company" on the service record in 1945? I guess this would have been in connection with the powerplant of most Halifax aircraft by this time, although I believe that most of Coastal Commands "Hallies" were of the early Merlin-powered variety.
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    Thanks for the Chris, makes some sence, the flight name is somewhat self explanatory. Any further details woudl eb great.

    And it's definatly Bristol Aeroplane Company. Did 517 transition to Hercules powered Halifaxes at this time? Or perhaps it might have been planned to do so. This flight engineer was posted to 1674 HCU after his time with 517 Sqn and spent some time with 111 OTU and 4 OTU also thereafter. RAFweb.org lists them as taking on Halifax III in February 1945, I hadn't made that connection. So thats probably the reason.

    Its healty for me to engage teh brain now and then.

    Dennis
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    Hi Dennis
    According to RAF Squadrons , C G Jefford, at the relevant time 517 were flying Halifax Vs from St Davids, they were radial engined and I think all Halifax radials were Bristol designed.They acquired them in Nov 43 to replace B17s.
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    "And it's definatly Bristol Airplane Company."

    Er, no it's not - not unless it had been secretly purchased by the Americans and renamed!

    It's Bristol AEROPLANE Company, old Boy!

    Errol

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