NZDF

WWII Air Force Service Records

Commonly Used Abbreviations

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  • 2TAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
  • AACU Anti Aircraft Co-Operation Unit
  • AC Air Craftsman
  • AC-in-C Air Commander-in-Chief
  • ACMB Aircrew Medical Board
  • ACSEA Air Commander South-east Asia
  • ADGB Air Defence of Great Britain
  • ADM Admitted
  • ADU Aerodrome Defence Unit
  • AEAF Allied Expeditionary Air Force(s)
  • AES Air Electronics School
  • AFC Air Force Cross
  • AFM Air Force Medal
  • AGS Air Gunners School
  • AHQ Allied Forces Headquarters
  • ANS Air Navigation School
  • AOC Air Officer Commanding
  • AOC-in-C Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
  • AOP Air Observation Post
  • AOR At Own Request
  • AOS Air Observers School
  • APPTD Appointed
  • ASR Air-Sea Rescue
  • ATC Air Training Corps
  • ATS Ait Training School
  • ATTD Attached
  • AW(O)L Absent With / Without Leave
  • B&GS Bombing and Gunnery School
  • BAFO British Air Forces of Occupation
  • BATF Blind Approach Training Flight
  • BC Bomber Command
  • BCOF British Commonwealth Occupation Force
  • BDRP Base Depot Reception Pool
  • BEF British Expeditionary Force
  • BEM British Empire Medal
  • BOAC British Overseas Airways Corporation
  • BR Bomber Reconnaissance
  • CAS Chief of the Air Staff
  • CC Coastal Command
  • CEO Chief Engineering Officer
  • CFI Chief Flying Instructor
  • CFO Chief Flying Officer
  • CFS Central Flying School
  • CGI Chief Ground Instructor
  • CGM Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
  • CI Chief Instructor
  • C-in-C Commander-in-Chief
  • CMB Chief Medical Board
  • CME Central Medical Establishment
  • CMF Central Mediterranean Force
  • CNI Chief Navigation Instructor
  • CO Commanding Officer
  • CSE Course
  • CTBA Ceases to be Attached
  • CTO Chief Technical Officer
  • CU Conversion Unit
  • D of AA Director of Air Armament
  • D of AT Directorate of Air Tactics
  • D of Ops Director of Operations
  • D of Policy Directorate of Policy
  • D of P Director of Personnel
  • DAF Desert Air Force
  • DCAS Deputy Chief of the Air Staff
  • DD of Plans Deputy Director of Plans
  • DDI Deputy Director of Intelligence
  • DFC Distinguished Flying Cross
  • DFM Distinguished Flying Medal
  • DFT Director of Flying Training
  • DG of P Directorate-General of Personnel
  • DGMS Directorate-General of Medical Services
  • DOW Died of Wounds / Duration of War
  • DPMO Deputy Principal Medical Officer
  • DSC Distinguished Service Cross
  • DSM Directorate of Servicing and Maintenance
  • E&WS Electrical and Wireless School
  • EANS Empire Air Navigation School
  • EFTS Elementary Flying Training School
  • F/B Flying Boat
  • FAA Fleet Air Arm
  • FAP For all Purposes
  • FB Fighter Bomber
  • FIS Flying Instructors School
  • FPMO Flying Personnel Medical Officer
  • FTC Flying Training Command
  • FTS Flying Training School
  • FTU Ferry Training Unit
  • GHQ General Headquarters
  • GOC-in-C General Officer Commanding-in-Chief
  • GR General Reconnaissance
  • GRU General Reconnaissance Unit
  • H/F High Flying
  • HQ Headquarters
  • ITW Initial Training Wing
  • L/F Low Flying
  • L/L Leigh Light
  • MAAF Mediterranean Allied Air Forces
  • MAP Ministry of Aircraft Production
  • MC Military Cross
  • MEAF Middle East Air Force
  • MEF Middle East Force
  • MM Military Medal
  • MO Medical Officer
  • MOAO Missing on Air Operations
  • MOTU Maritime Operational Training Unit
  • MR Maritime Reconnaissance
  • MU Maintenance Unit
  • N/F Night Flying
  • NAAF Northwest Africa Air Forces
  • NEAF Near East Air Force
  • NTU Navigation Training Unit
  • NWAAF North-west Africa Air Force
  • NWACAF North-west Africa Coastal Air Force
  • NZEF New Zealand Expeditionary Force
  • NZPAF New Zealand Permanent Air Force
  • OAFU Observers Advanced Flying Unit
  • OBE Order of British Empire
  • OC Officer Commanding
  • OCU Operational Conversion Unit
  • OTU Operational Training Unit
  • PAFU Pilots Advanced Flying Unit
  • PFF Pathfinder Force
  • POW Prisoner of War
  • PR Photographic Reconnaissance
  • PRC Personnel Reception Centre
  • R/P Rocket Projectiles
  • RAAF Royal Australia Air Force
  • RAE Royal Aircraft Establishment
  • RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force
  • RES Reserve
  • RFC Royal Flying Corps
  • RIAF Royal Indian Air Force
  • RN Royal Navy
  • RNAS Royal Naval Air Station
  • RNAS Royal Naval Air Service
  • RNR Royal Naval Reserves
  • RNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • SAAF South African Air Force
  • SASO Senior Air Staff Officer
  • SEAAC South-east Asia Air Command
  • SEAC South-east Asia Command
  • SESO Senior Engineer Staff Officer
  • SFTS Service Flying Training School
  • SHAEF Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force
  • SMEC Special Medical Examination Centre
  • SMO Senior Medical Officer
  • SOS Struck off Strength
  • Sqn Squadron
  • SU Servicing Unit
  • TAC/R Tactical Reconnaissance
  • TAF Tactical Air Force
  • Tfd Transferred
  • TOS Taken on Strength
  • U/T Under Training
  • USAAF United States Army Air Force
  • VLR Very Long Range
  • WAAF Women’s Auxiliary Air Force
  • WEF With effect from
Escort Catalina over merchant ship, near Guadalcanal [Detail] Artist: Russell Clark Date: ca1943-1944 Archives New Zealand/Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Wellington Office [Archives Reference: AAAC 898 NCWA 155]

Escort Catalina over merchant ship,
near Guadalcanal [Detail]
Artist: Russell Clark
Date: ca1943-1944 Archives New Zealand/Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Wellington Office [Archives Reference: AAAC 898 NCWA 155]

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