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5 years 5 months ago #4264 by brianj
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Hi,
I'm in the process of transcribing the ORBs for 120 Squadron and have come across some abbreviations I do not fully understand. I would be interested in finding out what they mean and possibly some further details of what these things involved.

The ORBs quite often list items such as the following:
"...airborne Predannack on A/S escort...."
or " ....on A/S sweep to Iceland ..." .
I am assuming that A/S means antisubmarine but what is the difference between A/S sweep and A/S escort.

I also spotted the following ".... sighted 3 Tunnymen ....." - are these fishing boats?

The next one is probably a standard RAF abbreviation as follows
".. homed onto c/v ahead met 17.15 45deg 53 minN ....." - what does c/v mean

There are other which I will post shortly, it would be interesting to understand how liberators were used for these patrols.

Brian

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5 years 5 months ago #4265 by Gary
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I'm making some assumptions here based on memory (which isn't so good).
An A/S escort would be where they actually escort the vessels through an area where enemy activity was known and a sweep would be to literally sweep an area looking for Subs etc.

Tunnymen are sailing boats
I would assume C/V is either Cargo Vessel or Course Vector, I know I'm not much help :).

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5 years 4 months ago #4281 by pat atkins
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I have no answers, I'm afraid, but a couple of new related questions!

In ORBs for 1945 I've come across references to EVT and PSI flights - any ideas anyone? I think EVT might stand for Educational Vocational Training, but to be honest I'm none still the wiser about what that actually means; PSI is a mystery to me.

If anybody knows, I'd be glad to hear.

Pat

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5 years 4 months ago #4285 by brianj
brianj replied the topic: RAF abbreviations in ORBs
Hi Pat,
You are correct that EVT stands for "Education and Vocational Training Scheme". It was a scheme to prepare RAF and WAAF personnel for their return to civil life and came into operation a month after the cease fire in Europe.
Have found a reference to PSI concerning the RAF - Personnel Services Institute, Not sure if this what it means in the ORB - the RAF loved their abreviations.

cheers

Brian

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