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Re: Need to know

Greetings all.

During WW2 my soldier father wore "meat-tags", one black, one brick-red, hung on a coarse string round his neck. As an A/C plonk of the Royal Airworks, I wore none, but at induction was issued with blue identity card "R.A.F. Form 1250".

It had my photo (ugh) at its top left-hand corner, and bore personal details including my service number (4090531). In the interest of R.A.F. efficiency it also had its own unique number (810081) - we had to memorise both.

I have another memory (probably false) of having to carry a medical document-jabs?

On the pay front, we R.A.F. lower ranks had an "L.O.A." (Local Overseas Allowance) of 1/9d a day to adjust for the difference between the purchasing power of the £E (Pound Egyptian) and the Pound Sterling.

The conversion rate then (4/52-10/55) was 1-£E = £1.0.6½, or t'other way round, £1 = 97.40 piastres.

On discharge I was handed a blue "Certificate of Service" booklet.

Amazing the rubbish you remember, while forgetting the important bits.

John

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