Sections within Bomber Command Headquarters

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Right folks, I'm changing tack on this one and asking a different question. Does anyone have, or know where I can find, a list of sections within Bomber Command Headquarters during WW2? All and any help welcomed. Thanks 😁

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I should have added that these examples:

D/C Eng. O

O.A.2

Org.3 (Organisation 3)

O.P.2

T.1

So, what did these stand for and what did they do?

Again, any help will be welcomed.....

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I would only be guessing Andrew but...

D/C Eng O could be Deputy Chief Engineer Officer (or something similar),is there a C Eng O on your list ?

O.P.2 might be something like Operational Planning 2 (2 i/c ops plans ??)

 

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I feel your pain...

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Thanks basv, they would make sense, so will follow that line of inquiry, cheers.

Thanks Air Ministry - at least I don't feel quite as lonely in self-isolation as I did! I'm not sure if this may be of interest to you, but I understand that the RAF AHB have a document entitled "Air Ministry, Department of the Chief of the Air Staff - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, Part II", which is dated July 1939, although it might be difficult to get anything out of them during the present crisis. I haven't tried, as I'm interested in 1943 onwards......

Thanks again to both of you. Andrew

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Thinking about this again, these reference numbers could be for posts, not department, and they may not be in Bomber Command HQ (Although I suspect most were). As an example, the (N.A.) documents which I am studying refer to a "W/Cdr F.C. Clarke, O.P.2". Aircraftclocks, of this forum, has kindly informed me that W/Co. Clarke was a member of the Deputy Directorate of Organisation (Planning), which was part of the Department of the Air Member for Supply and Organisation. So was HE O.P.2, or did he WORK IN O.P.2? The other references appear to be people (or teams) outside of the Air Ministry. As it is a Bomber Command file, I suspect that the were in Bomber Command HQ, but I'm really just guessing.........

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Andrew, I guess you do not have any names against the position titles.

If you have a rank and name, you can look up the Air Force lists for that period of time and see where people with that name worked. Usually doesn't take too long to figure it out. That is how I got W/C Clarke.

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Getting your hands on an Air Ministry phone book would also help.

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Thanks again folks, will follow this advice too. The problem is that some of the signatures are illegible (at least to me!)

aircraftclocks - did you see my PM?

Cheers to all, and stay safe, Andrew