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    Hello all,
    My airman finished OTU and then was posted to No. 22 Personnel Transit Centre at Almaza, Egypt and finally went to No. 3 B.P.D. (ARP) in Naples.
    I´d like to ask you for help with deciphering abbreviation and for explanation of purpose of this RAF unit: No. 3 B.P.D. (ARP) in Naples. Is it Base Personnel Depot?

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    Yes it is, Base Personnel Depot.

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    Milan, It is possible that ARP means Awaiting Return Passage. I have seen APR (Awaiting Passage Return) on NZ documents. Regards, Terry

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    For anyone interested, here are just a few more RAF acronyms (old and new):

    Royal Air Force Acronyms

    AA - (Soviet) Air Army
    AAA - Anti Aircraft Armament
    A&AEE - Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment
    AAC - Army Air Corps
    AAF - Auxiliary Air Force
    AAFCE - Allied Air Forces Central Europe
    AAS - Air Armament School (and/or) Advanced Air School
    AASF - Advanced Air Striking Force
    AACU - Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit
    AATTF - Anti-Aircraft and Target Towing Flight
    A&AEE - Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment
    ABC - Airborne Cigar - transmitter aboard aircraft which jammed German fighter control frequencies
    AC - Aircraftman : AC1 .. First Class, AC2 .. Second Class
    ACO - Air Cadet Organisation
    a/c - aircraft
    ACAC - Aircrew Allocation Centre - Brackla (1944)
    ACATC - Air Cadets Adventure Training Centre (Llanbeder and Windermere)
    A/Cdre - Air Commodore
    ACCGS - Air Cadets Central Gliding School (RAF Syerston)
    ACDC - Aircrew Despatch Centre
    ACDW - Air Crew Disposal Wing
    ACGFSOC - Air Cadet Gliding Flight Safety Officer's Course
    ACGS(OR) - Assistant Chief of the General Staff (Operational Requirements)
    ACFSS - Air Cadets Flying Scholarship Scheme
    ACHU - Aircrew Holding Unit
    ACM - Air Chief Marshall
    ACP - Air Cadet Publication (derived from APs)
    ACPNTS - Air Cadets Pilot Navigation Training Scheme
    ACRC - Air Crew Reception Centre - St John's Wood, London
    ACS – Airman’s Command School
    ACTC - Air Cadet Training Centre (at RAFC Cranwell)
    ADCC - Air Defence Cadet Corps (established 1938, see ATC)
    ADGB - Air Defence of Great Britain
    ADLS - Air Despatch Letter Service
    AE - Air Efficiency award
    AEO - Air Electronics Officer
    AEF - Air Experience Flight(s)
    AFC - Air Force Cross
    AFDS - Air Fighting Development Squadron, part of CFE
    AFDU - Air Fighting Development Unit
    AFM - Air Force Medal
    AFS - Advanced Flying School - No.201 Swinderby (1948)
    AFTCC - Air Force Troop Carrier Command
    AFU - Advanced Flying Unit
    AG - Air Gunner
    AGS - Air Gunnery School
    AGT - Airwork & General Trading (part of the CRO)
    AGT - Advanced Gliding Training (Air Cadets)
    AI - Airborne Interception - night fighter radar equipment
    A&IEU - Armament & Instrument Experimental Unit
    ALO - Air Liaison Officer
    AM - Air Marshal
    AMWD - Air Ministry Works Department
    AMES - Air Ministry Experimental Station
    AMO - Air Ministry Order
    ANS - Air Navigation School - No.10 Swanton Morley (1946), No.2 Middleton St George (1948)
    AOC - Air Officer Commanding
    AOP - Air Observation Post
    AOS - Air Observer School
    AP - Air Publication
    APC - Armament Practice Camp
    APS - Armament Practice Station
    ASC - Air Support Command
    ASI - Air Speed Indicator
    ASR - Air Sea Rescue
    AST - Air Service Training (CRO)
    ASTOR - Airborne Stand-Off Radar
    A/S - Anti Submarine
    ASV - Airborne Surface Vessel, radar for maritime patrol aircraft
    ATA - Air Transport Auxiliary
    ATC - Air Training Corps (succeeded ADCC, 1941)
    ATS - Auxiliary Territorial Service (women)
    ATREL - Air Transportable Reconnaissance Exploitation Laboratory
    AVM - Air Vice Marshal
    Aw/Cn - Awaiting Collection
    AWDS - All Weather Development Squadron
    AWFCS - All Weather Fighter Combat Squadron
    AWOL - Absent Without Leave
    APOD – Airport of Disembarkation
    AFV Armoured Fighting Vehicle.
    AOR Area of Responsibility.
    APV Armoured Patrol Vehicle.
    ASU Active Service Unit.
    AT Ammunition Technician.
    ATO Ammunition Technical Officer.
    AVRE Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers.

    B Specials The Ulster Special Constabulary.
    BAOR - British Army of the Rhine
    BAFO – British Air Force of Occupation (Germany Post WWII)
    BATF - Blind/Beam Approach Training Flight
    BBOC - Brought Back On Charge
    BC - Bomber Command
    BCAS - Bomber Command Armament School
    BCATP - British Comonwealth Air Training Plan
    BCMC - Bomber Command Modification Centre
    BDTF - Bomber Defence Training Flight
    BDU - Bomber Development Unit
    BFTS - British Flying Training School - No.1 Terrell, Texas
    B&GF - Bombing & Gunnery Flight
    B&GS - Bombing & Gunnery School
    BGT - Basic Gliding Training (Air Cadets)
    BLEU - Blind Landing Experimental Unit
    BMEWS - Ballistic Missile Early Warning System
    BMH - British Military Hospital
    BNDSG - British Nuclear Defence Study Group
    BRIXMIS - British Commanders In Chief Mission to Soviet Forces in Germany
    BSDU - Bomber Support Development Unit
    BSSO(G) - British Services Security Organisation (Germany)
    C2 - Command and Control
    CAACU - Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
    CAT - Damage Category
    CB - Confined to Barracks
    C&M - Care and Maintenance
    CCRC - Combat Crew Replacement Center
    C(OTU) - Coastal Operational Training Unit
    CF - Conversion Flight
    CFE - Central Fighter Establishment
    CFI - Chief Flying Instructor
    CFS - Central Flying School
    CGM - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
    CGMF - Central Glider Maintainance Flight (RAF Syerston - now ACCCGS Engineering Flt)
    CGS - Central Gunnery School
    CHL - Chain Home Low
    CIA - Central Intelligence Agency
    C&L -
    CO - Commanding Officer (can also be OC)
    CRC -
    CRO - Civilian Repair Organisation
    CRP - Civilian Repair Party
    CS(A) - Controller of Supply (Aircraft)
    CSDE - Central Servicing Development Establishment
    CSE - Central Signals Establishment
    CTS - Combat Training School
    CU - Conversion Unit
    CV -
    CWP - Contractor's Working Party
    CIRA Continuity Irish Republican Army.
    CIVREP Civil Representative.
    CLF Commander, Land Forces.
    CNR Combat Net Radio.
    CONCO Continuity Non-Commissioned Officer.
    COP Close Observation Platoon.
    CR Community Relations.
    CWIED Command Wire Improvised Explosive Device.

    DASC - Defence Aviation Safety Centre (replaced RAF Inspectorate of Flight Safety, 2002)
    DBF - Destroyed By Fire
    DBR - Damaged Beyond Repair
    DCDC -
    DDR - East Germany Deutsche Democratic Republik - also GDR
    DFC - Distinguished Flying Cross
    DFM - Distinguished Flying Medal
    DFCS - Day Fighter Combat School, part of CFE
    DGRD - Director General Research and Development
    DIS - Defence Intelligence Staff
    DNCO - Did Not Complete Operation - see Boomerang
    DR - dead reckoning
    DRO - Daily Routine Orders
    DSO - Distinguished Service Order
    DTD - Directorate of Technical Development
    DZ - Dropping Zone
    DOB – Dispersed Operating Base
    DOB – Daily Occurrence Book
    DAC - District/Divisional Action Committee.

    EANS - Empire Air Navigation School
    EAOS - Elementary Air Observer School
    EBTS - Elementary and Basic Training School (Coastal Command)
    ECFS - Empire Central Flying School
    ECM - Electronic Counter Measures
    E/F - Engine Failure
    EFTS - Elementary Flying Training School - No.18 Fairoaks 1942
    EGAF - East German Air Force
    EGS - Elementary Gliding School
    EMP - Electromagnetic Pulse
    EOWS - Elementary Observer Wireless School
    E&RFTS - Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School
    ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival
    ETO - European Theatre of Operations
    FAA - Fleet Air Arm
    FA, F(A), F/A - Flying Accident accidental damage or loss
    FB, F(B), F/B - Flying Battle - operational damage or loss
    FBSU - Flying Boat Servicing Unit
    FC - Fighter Command
    FFI - Free from infection
    FIDO - Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation
    F/E - Flight Engineer
    FIS - Fighter Instructors School
    Flt - Flight
    F/L - Flight Lieutenant
    FLS - Fighter Leaders School
    F/O - Flying Officer
    FPP - Ferry Pilots Pool
    FRU - Fleet Requirements Unit
    F/S - Flight Sergeant
    FTC - Flying Training Command
    FTFlt - Ferry Training Flight
    FTR - Failed to Return
    FTS - Flying Training School
    FP – Force Protection

    GAF - German Air Force
    GAL - General Aircraft Ltd (CRO)
    GAR - Glavna Aeroplansva Radionica, (Main Aviation Workshop)
    GATU -Ground Attack Training Unit
    GCA - Ground Control Approach
    GCHQ - Government Communications HQ
    GD - General Duties - see
    GDA - Group Disposal Account
    G-H - Blind bombing radar device
    GIC - Gliding Induction Course (Air Cadets)
    GP - Group Pool
    GP - (bomb) General Purpose high explosive bomb
    GP CF - Group Conversion Flight
    GPR - Glider Pilot Regiment
    GR - general reconnaissance
    grope - ground operational exercise
    GRU - Glavnoje Razved-yvatelnoje Upravlenie (Intelligence Directorate of the Red Army)
    GS - Gliding Scholarship (Air Cadets)
    GSU - Group Support Unit
    GTS - Glider Training School

    H2S Airborne radar navigational and target location aid
    H2X - American version of H2S
    HAD - Home Aircraft Depot
    HAL - Hawker Aircraft Limited
    HCU - Heavy Conversion Unit - 1661 Winthorpe (1944)
    HE - (bomb) High explosive bomb
    HE - (movements) Home Establishment?
    HFF - Heavy Freight Flight
    HG -
    HGCU - Heavy Glider Conversion Unit
    HGMU - Heavy Glider Maintenance Unit
    HP - Handley Page
    HQ AC - Headquarters Air Cadets (RAFC Cranwell)
    1995/96 - reverted to HQ AC/HQ EFT (UAS) in later 1996)
    HQ ATA - Head Quarters Air Transport Auxiliary
    HQ CC -
    HQ EFT - Headquarters Elementary Flying Training
    HQ FPP - Head Quarters Ferry Pilots Pool
    HQ P&SS - Headquarters Provost & Security Services – (RAF Police)
    HQ PTC - Headquarters Personnel & Training Command (RAF Innsworth)
    HQ STC - Headquarters Strike Command RAFVR (T) - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training branch)
    HQ TAF - Head Quarters Tactical Air Force
    HQ U&AC - Headquarters Universities & Air Cadets (Trial amalgamation of HQ AC & UAS administration through HQ EFT during
    HSL - High Speed Launch (ASR vessel)

    IA - Imagery Analyst
    IAP - Izvidacki Avijacijcki Puk, (Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment)
    IAAS - Inland Area Aircraft School
    i/c - in charge (of) e.g. Non-commissioned officer i/c Admin
    ICBM - Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
    IFF - Identification Friend or Foe
    IGT - Initial Gliding Training (Air Cadets)
    I/O - Intelligence Officer
    IR - Infra Red
    IRBM - Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile
    IRLS - Infra Red Line Scan
    IR&SU - Immediate Reserve & Support Unit
    ITS - Initial Training School
    ITW - Initial Training Wing – Blackpool

    JARIC - Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre
    JIC - Joint Intelligence Committee (G Germany)
    JRV - Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazdvhoplovstvo, (Yugoslavian Air Force)
    JSPI - Joint School of Photographic Interpretation
    JSPU – Joint Service Police Unit
    JOA – Joint Operations Area?
    JHC -

    KGB - Komitet gosudarstvennol bezopasnosti (Russian) Committee for State Security
    LABS - Low Altitude Bombing System
    LAC - Leading Aircraftman
    LACW - Leading Aircraftwoman
    LCN - Method of identifying the load¬weight characteristics of a runway
    LFS - Lancaster Finishing School - No.5 Syerston (1944)
    LG - Landing Ground
    LMF - Lacking Moral Fibre
    LNSF - Light Night Striking Force, of Mosquitoes of 8 Group
    LOROP - Long Range Oblique Photography
    LOX - Liquid Oxygen
    LRDF - Long Range Development Flight
    LOC – Lines of Communications

    MAEE - Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment
    MAP - Ministry of Aircraft Production
    MAREL - Moveable Air Reconnaissance Exploitation Unit
    MCU - Mosquito Conversion Unit
    MEDME - Mediterranean and Middle East
    MFPU - Mobile Field Photographic Unit
    MGSP - Mobile Glider Servicing Party (pre-CGMF, now ACCGS Eng Flt)
    MO - Medical Officer
    MOA - Ministry of Aviation
    MOS - Ministry of Supply
    MR squadron - Medium Reconnaissance squadron
    MRBM - Medium Range Ballistic Missiles
    MSFU - Merchant Ship Fighter Unit
    MT - Motor Transport
    MTU - Mosquito Training Unit
    MU - Maintenance Unit
    MUG - Mid Upper Gunner
    MOB – Military Operating Base

    NAAFI - Navy, Army, Air Force Institute
    NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
    NBC - Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
    NCO - Non Commissioned Officer
    NFT - Night Flying Test
    N/E - Non Effective Airframe
    NI CF - Night Conversion Flight
    NORAD - North American Air Defence (Command)
    NRC - Nuclear Reporting Cell
    NVA - East German Army - Nationale Volksarmee

    OAFU - Observers Advanced Flying Unit - No.3 Bobbington (1943)
    OANS - Observers Air Navigation School
    OAR - Obusna Aeroplansva Radionica, (District Aviation Workshop)
    OBS - Observer School
    OC - Commanding Officer (can also be CO)
    OCU - Operational Conversion Unit - No.230 Lindholme (1949)
    OIC - Officer's Initial Course (for RAFVR (T) officers, conducted at ACTC)
    OP - Observation Point
    O/R - Orderly Room
    ORB - Operations Record Book (Form 540), monthly summaries: Form 541 for accompanying Appendices containing important details of specific events
    ORBAT - Order of Battle
    ORTU - Operational Refresher Training Unit
    OSC - Officers Senior Course (for RAFVR (T) officers, conducted at ACTC)
    OTSCU - Officer Training School Conversion Unit
    OTU - Operational Training Unit - No.28 Wymeswold (1943)
    OTW - Operational Training Wing

    PAFU - Pilots Advanced Flying Unit - No.6 Little Rissington (1944)
    PATP - Packed Aircraft Transit Pool
    PDC - Personnel Despatch Centre
    PDU - Photographic Development Unit
    PFF - Pathfinder Force
    PFFNTU - Pathfinder Force Navigational Training Unit
    PHU - Personnel Holding Unit - No.3 Morecambe (1944)
    PIU - Photographic Intelligence Unit
    PMH – Princess Mary’s Hospital
    PMC - President of the Mess Committee
    POL depot - Petrol, Oil and Lubricants depot
    POW - Prisoner of War
    PR - Photographic Reconnaissance
    PRC - Personnel Reception Centre
    PRU - Photographic Reconnaissance Unit
    PSP runway - Pierced Steel Planking runway
    PT - Physical Training
    PMD – Provost Marshal’s Department
    PMB - Provost Marshal’s Branch

    QAA -
    QAH - what is your height above ... ?
    QAK - is there any risk of collision?
    QAL - are you going to /have you landed at ...
    QBA - what is the horizontal visibility at ... ?
    QDM - magnetic bearing to a DF station
    QDR - magnetic bearing from a DF station
    QFE - atmospheric pressure at aerodrome elevation
    QFI - Qualified Flying Instructor
    QGI - Qualified Gliding Instructor
    QFO - may I land immediately?
    QFR - does my landing gear appear damaged?
    QFT - between what heights above ... (datum) has ice formation been observed [at ... (position or zone)]?
    QGH - controlled descent through cloud
    QGO - airfield closed due to weather
    QGV - do you see me? or can you see the aerodrome? or can you see ... (aircraft)?
    QGX -
    QNH - atmospheric pressure at sea level
    QRA - Quick Reaction Alert
    QSY - change frequency
    QTH - my position is ...
    QTR - what's the time?

    RAAA - Repaired and Awaiting Allocation, or Repaired Aircraft Awaiting Action - which?
    RAAF - Royal Auxiliary Air Force/Royal Australian Air Force
    RAFP – Royal Air Force Police
    RAeS - Royal Aeronautical Society
    RAuxAF - Royal Auxiliary Air Force
    RAE - Royal Aircraft Establishment
    RAFASU - RAF Armament Support Unit (formerly BCAS)
    RAFD - RAF Depot - No.1 Uxbridge 1939
    RAFVR - RAF Volunteer Reserve
    RAT Flight - Radio Aids Training Flight
    R&C -
    R&D - Research & Development
    R&D – Receipt & Despatch
    RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force
    RCM Squadron Flight - Radio Counter Measures Squadron Flight
    RDF - Radio Direction Finding
    RDU - Radio Direction Unit
    RF - Reserve Flight
    RFC - Royal Flying Corps
    RFS - Reserve Flying School
    R/G - Rear Gunner
    RIW - Repaired in Works
    RLG - Relief Landing Ground
    RN - Royal Navy
    RNAS - Royal Naval Air Service
    RNZAF - Royal New Zealand Air Force
    ROC - Royal Observer Corps
    ROS - Repaired on Site
    RRF - Radar Reconnaissance Flight
    RS - Radio School - No.10 Carew Cheriton
    RSU - Repair & Servicing Unit or Repair and Salvage Unit - which?
    RTP - Recruit Training Pool

    SPOD – Seaport of Disembarkation
    S of AT -
    S of AT(PS) -
    SAC - Senior Aircraftman
    SACEUR - Supreme Allied Commander Europe
    SAN - School of Air? Navigation
    SAR - Sanostacna Aeroplansva Radionica, (Independent Aviation Workshop)
    SAS - Servicing & Aircraft Section or Service and Aircraft Section - which?
    SASO - Senior Air Staff Officer
    SBA - Standard Beam Approach
    SBAC - Society of British Aircraft Constructors
    SBC - Small Bomb Container
    SC - Strike Command
    SD - Special Duties
    SF - Station Flight
    SFT - School of Flying Training
    SFTS - Service Flying Training School
    SGR - School of General Reconnaissance
    SHQ - Station Head Quarters
    SIOP - Single Integrated Operational Plan
    SIB – Special Investigation Branch
    SIS - Secret Intelligence Service (British)
    S/L or S/Ldr - Squadron Leader
    SLAIS - Specialised Low Attack Instructor School
    SLAR - Sideways Looking Airborne Radar
    SLBM - Submarine Lauched Ballistic Missile
    SLG - Satellite Landing Ground
    SN-2 - German night fighter radar
    S of TT - School of Technical Training - No.4 S of TT St Athan
    SOE operations - Operations under the control of the Special Operations Executive
    SOC - Struck off Charge
    SOP - Standard Operational Procedure
    SOXMIS - Soviet Exchange Mission
    SP - Service Police
    SP - Skolski Puk, (Training Regiment)
    SQ/SQN/SQD - Squadron - No.207
    SRO - Station Routine Orders
    SRW - Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
    SS - Salvage Section
    SSA - Supplementary Storage Area
    SSC - Senior Supervisor's Course (for senior QGI's, conducted at ACCGS - similar to regular Flying Supervisors Course)
    SSQ - Station Sick Quarters
    SU - Signals Unit
    SWO - Station Warrant Officer
    TAF - Tactical Air Force
    TAMU - Transport Aircraft Maintenance Unit
    TASM - Tactical Air to Surface Missile
    TCU - Transport Conversion Unit - Dishforth 1947
    TDS - Training Depot Station
    TEU - Tropical Experimental Unit
    TF - Training Flight
    TFH - Total Flying Hours
    TFU - Telecommunications Flying Unit - Defford 1941-57
    TI - Target Indicator (flare)
    TICU -
    TRE - Telecomms Research Establishment
    TRS - Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
    TS - Training Squadron
    TSTU - Transport Support Training Unit
    TTC - Technical Training Command
    TTF - Target Towing Flight
    TTO - Towed-Target Operator
    TPW – Tactical Provost Wing

    UAS University Air Squadron
    UKAIR - NATO HQ in UK responsible for maintaining integrity of UK Air Defence Region and over UK nuclear force assigned to SACEUR
    UKWMO - UK Warning and Monitoring Organisation
    U/S - Unserviceable
    USAAC - United States Army Air Corps
    USAAF - United States Army Air Force (designated thus from June 20 1941, although the term Army Air Corps remained in use long after that date: post war, USAF, USAFE - USAF Europe)
    U/T - Under training
    VC - Victoria Cross
    VCAS - Vice Chief of the Air Staff
    VGS - Volunteer Gliding School(s) (Air Cadets, various locations)
    VHF - Very High Frequency
    VOS - Vazdvhoplovna Oficirsva Skola, (Aviation Officers School)
    VR - Vazovhoplovna Radionica, (Aviation Repair Workshop)
    V/STOL - Vertical/Short Take Off and Landing
    VTB Vazdvhoplovna-Tehnicki Battalion, (Aviation Technical Battalion)
    WAAF - Women's Auxiliary Air Force
    W/Cdr - Wing Commander
    w.e.f. or w/e/f - with effect from
    WFU - Withdrawn from Use
    W/O - Warrant Officer
    W/Op - Wireless Operator (WOp/AG - Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
    WRAF - Women's Royal Air Force
    WRAFVR (T) - Womens Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training branch) (disbanded with WRAF)
    WST - Weapons Standardisation Team
    W/T - Wireless Telegraphy

    EOD Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
    GOC General Officer Commanding.
    HME Home Made Explosive.
    HSF (Royal Irish Regiment) Home Service Force.
    HUMINT Human Intelligence.
    IAAG Improvised Anti-Armour Grenade.
    IED Improvised Explosive Device.
    INIBA Improved Northern Ireland Body Armour.
    INLA Irish National Liberation Army.
    IRA Irish Republican Army.
    IRSP Irish Republican Socialist Party.
    NICRA Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association.
    NIO Northern Ireland Office.
    NIRTT Northern Ireland Reinforcement Training Team.
    NITAT Northern Ireland Training Advisory Team.
    OA Operational Analysis.
    OIRA Official Irish Republican Army.
    OP Observation Post.
    OPTAG Operational Training Advisory Group.

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    Hi Steve,

    What a shame that this thread will vanish in a few days (or hours!) given the number of people who post on this forum.

    On the old version of this forum a Canadian researcher, Jason Gaudet, had a huge list of RAF and Dominion Air Forces acronyms and terms which was constantly being updated. It doesn't seem to have made the migration over here in 2007.

    You might want to put this on the Useful Books and Research Materials category and we can start again.



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    Please note, USAAF = United States Army Air Forces (plural); this is frequently overlooked, but this organization really did include a whole lot of numbered Air Forces in WW2 (and since), specifically Nos. 1 to 15, and 20 during WW2. Although no longer relevant, does the USAF still contain distinct numbered "Air Forces", or not?
    David D

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    Also ASV = Air (to) Surface Vessel, NOT Airborne.
    David D

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    Absent form the list is R/T = Radio Telephony.David D

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    Some additions

    ACAS - Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
    CBE - Cental Bomber Establishment
    CDS - Cheif of the Defence Staff
    CRE - Central Reconnaissance Establishment
    (C) OTU not C (OTU)
    DCDS - Deputy Cheif of the Defence Staff
    HQ CC - HQ Coastal Command
    JHC - Joint Helicopter Command
    S of AT - School of Admininstrative Trades

    Current rank abbreviations: -

    Flt Sgt
    Plt Off
    Fg Off
    Flt Lt
    Sqn Ldr
    Wg Cdr
    Gp Capt

    If I think of any more I'll add them later


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    Quote Originally Posted by alieneyes View Post
    On the old version of this forum a Canadian researcher, Jason Gaudet, had a huge list of RAF and Dominion Air Forces acronyms and terms which was constantly being updated. It doesn't seem to have made the migration over here in 2007.
    Jason's abbreviation list can still be found here at this unbelievably long address: g9Kn8smXFyMwQpFI4uNQWgE2EF-E_7txe82HTwbVvo1kxjXJ_YR899YhzZy9W_vpPqwkGktR7ZEJ5 PwJeCUGvJl5lQDnymt6ecYyz55Crgc_VV94Gx7ILIyYU90QI6V G-Z4ehSXeNK5DzIdkOuVVpUs1DRUBSzOaip2xrzManTk4W5dQPm6 WLCNOwTwrod0KvyrWS5whLOot9w%3D%3D&attredirects=0


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