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RAF - Abbreviations help on detailed document
« on: Monday 23 October 17 16:49 BST (UK) »
I have this record of my great-great uncle during WWI where he was killed in action, fighting in the RAF. I am struggling to understand what all the abbreviations mean and I was wondering if anybody could help! Much appreciated.

Roderick Maclean was a Lieutenant with 29th Squadron.

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Re: RAF - Abbreviations help on detailed document
« Reply #1 on: Monday 23 October 17 16:59 BST (UK) »
you'll find some in this useful site:-

http://www.airhistory.org.uk/rfc/abbreviations.html

SE 5 was an aircraft model - 'Scout Experimental 5' - see here:-

https://www.thoughtco.com/raf-s-e-5-2361086

07 Sept 1918 mentions BEF - thats British Expeditionary Force.


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Re: RAF - Abbreviations help on detailed document
« Reply #2 on: Monday 23 October 17 17:49 BST (UK) »
This will; tell you in outline how he died
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._29_Squadron_RAF

If you choose the dates tht are relevant, you can construct his service in France (the BEF) from 7 September 1918:
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_aq=29%20squadron&_nq1=1916&_nq2=1917&_dss=range&_ro=any&_p=1900&_st=adv


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Re: RAF - Abbreviations help on detailed document
« Reply #3 on: Friday 10 November 17 18:01 GMT (UK) »
I believe that you'll find that the following fit for the RAF in that era

TS   = Training Squadron
TDS = Training Depot Station
School of Air Fighting
Auxiliary School
BEF  = British Expeditionary Forces (ie British forces in France/Flanders)

ASD might be Armament Supply Depot (possibly a temporary posting while convalescing)

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Re: RAF - Abbreviations help on detailed document
« Reply #4 on: Friday 10 November 17 19:46 GMT (UK) »
ASD in this context is aeroplane supply depot.

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