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.
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?
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!
Neil Bonnick (Login bonnickeng) Forum Member 126.96.36.199
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?
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.
speaking of the RAF service id number series, what number do you guys use for your reenactment dog tags?
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