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Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« on: Wednesday 02 January 13 09:24 GMT (UK) »
My father John James REFFELL was an ordinary serviceman, not an officer, and with no medals, who served in the RAF during the Second World War. I believe he was a mechanic .I do not know where he was stationed. Before his voluntary enlisting after the start of the war, he helped his father in the butcher's trade. My brother has asked me how to find our father's RAF service number. I have searched the web and this forum and found no up to date information on this. I would like to know where to find his service number, if it is possible to search online, and what it costs. Thank you for your help.

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Re: Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 02 January 13 09:54 GMT (UK) »
Veterans UK is probably a good place to start:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/service_records.html

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Re: Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 02 January 13 23:57 GMT (UK) »
My father John James REFFELL was an ordinary serviceman, not an officer, and with no medals, who served in the RAF during the Second World War. I believe he was a mechanic .I do not know where he was stationed. Before his voluntary enlisting after the start of the war, he helped his father in the butcher's trade. My brother has asked me how to find our father's RAF service number. I have searched the web and this forum and found no up to date information on this. I would like to know where to find his service number, if it is possible to search online, and what it costs. Thank you for your help.

Hi Edwin,

No costs involved. 1410599 John James Reffell.

The number is within a block of service numbers (1400001 to 1424800) issued Mar 1941 Penarth, if that ties in with family lore?

Trusting this helps

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Re: Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 03 January 13 07:53 GMT (UK) »
Thank you for your kind help. I have told my brother and am sure he will be most pleased and grateful to you.

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Re: Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 30 January 13 10:54 GMT (UK) »
 Hi-am in same boat-my late uncle sydney abraham scott served as a a pilot officer in raf -becoming a squadron leader according to my late dad and as a jew had unenviable job of entering belsen with intel in 45.Get service no from forces records website or something on find my past or ancestry.

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Re: Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 30 January 13 12:47 GMT (UK) »
Despite advertising suggestions, RAF personnel records post 1920 have not been released to the public domain yet.

You need to apply to RAF Cranwell disclosures for a copy.

Having said that you can trace his commissioned career online through the London Gazette via his promotions and commissioned service number (77838)

eg
http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35151/pages/2517/page.pdf

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Sea Losses of RAF Aircraft 1918 to date.

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Between the Wars RAF Officers and Warrant Officers.

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Re: Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 03 March 13 14:14 GMT (UK) »
Hello,

Is it possible to do the opposite search? From service number to a name?

I'm looking for a name attached to 1424863, should be a foreign national in the RAF.

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Re: Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« Reply #7 on: Monday 04 March 13 13:57 GMT (UK) »
Hello Briggs1700 and welcome to Rootschat ;D

Not sure how the numbering system works and if all numbers were unique at this point (perhaps someone can confirm they were) but this looks promising.

Groundcrew 350 (Belgian) Squadron RAF
1424863   AC1   F.II. A.   De Rudder J.A.A
http://www.350sqn.be/groundcrew.html

350 (Belgian) Squadron
http://www.be4046.eu/RAF.htm

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Re: Ordinary serviceman's RAF service number from the Second World War
« Reply #8 on: Monday 04 March 13 18:44 GMT (UK) »
http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/service_records.html
How does one navigate from the above link to online view of records ?
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