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March 8 2010 at 2:02 AM

  (Login __richard__)
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Can anyone tell me if the service number 525583 was issued to an RAF individual please? I am trying to find out if an item I have is RAF or otherwise, and that it the only way of ID'ing it. Thanks!

 
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Alex
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Numbers...

March 8 2010, 7:20 AM 

Ric

I'd be interested in knowing what it is you have. That number falls in a batch (505001 to 549999)allocated to civilians from October 1925. I assume it was used although when that number was actually issued is anyone's guess. The next block (550000 to 558000) was allocated to Boy Entrants from September 1934, although thats not really an indicator.


 
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(Login __richard__)
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Re: Numbers...

March 8 2010, 8:41 AM 

Thanks Al. I ought to have said originally - it's a round mess tin set as used by the pre-war RAF and also Cavalry. While the tins are not stamped with any AM marks, it has this service number on all parts. I'm not really sure what a civvie would be doing being issued mess tins though?! Is there any chance that the numbers were allocated to another Service?

The lid itself is the solid version without the handle cut-outs as seen in this example -http://www.wdmilitaria.co.uk/shop/viewphoto.php?x=0 and it still has the leather strap to hold it all together.

 
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March 8 2010, 9:36 AM 

Hi Ric

Although I dont have any note that the block of numbers was reissued, I doubt very much it was. It could have been something like a batman or assistant who was based somewhere with poor facilities and only a field canteen. They might also have had them left over from previous service but not stamped with a previous regimental number. After WW2 my grandfather bought a few bits of kit for hill walking and the like. Might have been pre war private purchase he later stamped up. Might not have been used that much.

Civilians in the RAF are not well documented so the jobs they did were probably far more than you might think.

These are suggestions, I'm as much in the dark as you!

 
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Neil Bonnick
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While on the subject

March 8 2010, 7:34 PM 

Sorry, I don't mean to hi-jack your thread!
Alex, as you have info on service number blocks; I have a pair of 1939 dated MKIIIa goggles with the ser no. 915602, with the name "D.N. Johnson". Do you know if this this block would have been issued to RAF personnel?
Thanks
Neil

 
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Alex
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March 8 2010, 9:07 PM 

No problem Neil

The number 915602 falls in the block 900000 to 934899 which was allocated to Airmen joining at Uxbridge from September 1939. As with Ric's query, I dont know when the last number was actually used or when yours might have been but I'd guess within a year or so of the allocation date.


 
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and now for something completely different

March 9 2010, 4:26 PM 

speaking of the RAF service id number series, what number do you guys use for your reenactment dog tags?
do you
a) pick a particular person and use his original sid
b) have your own internal series within your reenactment group beginning with 0000001.....
c) use the 'gaps' -- non-used intervals within the ww2 RAF id series
d) just make up a number, say 314159..., 271828... etc?
e) any other option....
thanks for any hint on this

 
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Robert J. Laplander
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Tag number...

March 10 2010, 10:44 AM 

I use a known persons number that I have great respect for as a tribute to him.

Rob

 
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Neil Bonnick
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Thanks Alex

March 12 2010, 10:05 AM 

Alex,
Thanks for the info on the service number.
Regards
Neil

 
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theotherChris
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use pilots license number

March 10 2011, 9:55 PM 

it has the right number of digits!

 
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Hello

March 10 2011, 6:00 PM 

I was wondering if you would be interested in selling your goggles to me.
Sincerely
Gareth

 
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