• Royal Flying Corps •


• Abbreviations •

Times are shown in the format hh:mm

Dates are shown in the format dd.mm.yy and also in Army format YYMMDD to enable sorting as a text field.

Caution should be exercised if converting dates to a spreadsheet format as dd.mm.14 may be interpreted as dd/mm/2014 and not dd/mm/1914

Entries in square brackets '[...]' are my comments and do not appear in the original document.

If loading files into a spreadsheet I recommend specifying all fields as 'text'.

Note that references to 'Raf' refer to the Royal Aircraft Factory and not Royal Air Force, and 'plane' refers to an aircraft wing and not an aeroplane.

Where two names are given the first named is the pilot and second the observer or aerial gunner. If only one name is given it should be assumed to be the pilot unless appended by (obs) for observer or (AG) for aerial gunner.

Ranks

2Lt2nd Lieutenant
1AMAir Mechanic 1st class
2AMAir Mechanic 2nd class
AGAerial Gunner
BrigGenBrigadier General
CaptCaptain
CplCorporal
EOEquipment Officer
FltCdtFlight Cadet
FltCdrFlight Commander (Navy)
FltLtFlight Lieutenant (Navy)
FltSgtFlight Sergeant
FltSubtLtFlight Sub Lieutenant (Navy)
FOFlying Officer
FOOFlying Officer Observer
GenlGeneral
GLGun Layer (Navy)
LCplLance Corporal
LtLieutenant
LtColLieutenant-Colonel
MajMajor
ObsObserver
POffPilot Officer
ProbProbationer
SgtSergeant
SOStaff Officer
SubLtSub Lieutenant (Navy)

'T' in front of a rank indicates Temporary. 'A' means Acting and 'P' Probationary.


Units

AAPAircraft Acceptance Park/Army Aircraft Park
AD/APAircraft Depot/Aircraft Park. Later known as ASD
(AD is sometimes also used as an abbreviation for aerodrome but not as such in these files)
AFCAustralian Flying Corps
AFSAir Fighting School
AIAir Issues (section of Aircraft Depot)
AIDAircraft Inspection Department
AMRAerial Musketry Range
AOSArtillery Observation School
APAircraft Park
ARAerial Range
ASDAircraft Storage Depot
Later divided into Issues Section (IS/AI), Reception Park (Rec Pk), Repair Park (Rep Pk), Salvage Section (SS)
ASUAerodrome Service Unit
BDBase Depot
BdeBrigade
BMTRDBase Motor Transport Repair Depot
CDDCadet Distribution Depot
CFSCentral Flying School
CWCadet Wing
ELPEmergency Landing Party
ERD/ERSEngine Repair Depot/Shops ('X' ERS in Egypt)
FISFlying Instructors School
FltFlight (originally 4 aircraft)
FSFighting School
GrpGroup
HDHome Defence
HEHome Establishment (i.e. United Kingdom)
IFIndependent Force
ISIssues Section (of Aircraft Depot)
KBSKite Balloon Section
LILight Infantry
MTMotor Transport
NAPNaval Acceptance Park (originally AD Dunkirk, later 4ASD)
NSqNaval Squadron
NTSNight Training Squadron
PDPort Depot
R/RegtRegiment
RafRoyal Aircraft Factory
RAFRoyal Air Force
RASReserve Aeroplane Squadron (later Reserve Squadron)
Rec PkReception Park (Aircraft Storage Depot)
Rep PkRepair Park (Aircraft Storage Depot)
RFCRoyal Flying Corps
RLPReserve Lorry Park
RSReserve Squadron (later Training Squadron)
SASouth Africa
SAGSchool of Aerial Gunnery
SBSiege Battery (Artillery)
SDFSpecial Duty Flight
SqSquadron (initially 12 aircraft, later 18 or more)
SMASchool of Military Aeronautics
SoNBDSchool of Navigation and Bomb Dropping
SRSpecial Reserve
SSSalvage Section
TDTent Detachment
TDSTraining Depot Station
TFTerritorial Force
TMTrench Mortar (Artillery)
TSTraining Squadron (later merged into TDS)
USAUS Squadron
USASUnited States Air Service
WgWing
XAD/XAP'X' Aircraft Depot/Park (Egypt and Palestine respectively)

Aircraft related

1strSingle-seater
2strTwo-seater
AAAnti aircraft
BBOCBrought back on charge (after being struck off)
dbfDestroyed by fire
EAEnemy aircraft/Enemy action
EAAEnemy anti-aircraft
e/fengine failure
f/lforce landing
HAHostile aircraft
NFTNo further trace
NWRNot worth repairing
o/toverturned
PSOCPresumed struck off charge
rtpreduced to produce/parts
SOCStruck off charge
t/otakeoff
TOCTaken on charge
u/cundercarriage

Personnel related

+Killed
AGAerial Gunner
DoIDied of Injuries
DoWDied of Wounds
InjInjured
InstrInstruction
KiAKilled in Action
NSONot Struck off strength
ObsObserver
SoSStruck off strength
ToSTaken on strength

Injury related

CCSCasualty Clearing station
GHGeneral Hospital
SHStationary Hospital
BRXBritish Red Cross

List of hospitals and CCS


Hospital ships:

HSAberdonian
HSAgadir
SYAlbion
HMYAlexandra
HSAnglia
HSAquitania
HSAraguaya
HSArcadian
HSArdeer Factory
HSArdluz
HSAssaye
HSAsturias
HSBraemar Castle
HSBrighton
HSBritannic
HSCaledonia
HSCambria
HSCarisbrooke Castle
HSChina
HSCzar
HSDelta
HSDevanka
HSDieppe
HSDongola
HSDover Castle
HSDrina
HSDunluce Castle
HSEbani
HSEgypt
HSElektra
HSEllora
RMSEmpress of India (1890)
HSErinpura
HSEssequibo
HSFormosa
SSFrance (1910)
HSGaleka
HSGarth Castle
HSGascon
HSGlenart Castle
HSGlengorm Castle
HSGloucester Castle
HSGoorkha
HMASGrantala
HSGrantully Castle
HSGuildford Castle
HSHerefordshire
HSHunslet
HSJan Breydel
HSKalyan
HSKanowna
HSKarapara
SSKonig Albert
HSKoningin Regentes
SSLady Henriette
HSLanfranc
HSLetitia
SYLiberty
HSLlandovery Castle
HSLoyalty
HSMadras
HSMagdallna
HSMagic II
NZMaheno
HSMaine
NZMarama
HSMarechiaro
HSMauretania
HSMorea
HSNeuralia
HSNevasa
HSNewhaven
HSOxfordshire
HSPanama
HSPieter De Coninck
HSPlassey
SSPortugal (1886)
HSPrincess Elizabeth
HSRasheed
HSRewa
HSRohilla
HSSalta
HSSeanc-Choon
SYSheelah
HSSicilia
SSSierra VentanaItaly
HSSikkim
SSSomali
HSSoudan
HSSt. Andrew
HSSt. David
HSSt. Denis
HSSt. George
HSSt. Margaret of Scotlandformerly Balantia
HSSt. Patrick
HSStad Antwerpen
HSSyria
HSTabora
HSTakada
SSThalia (Neutral)
HSValdivia
HSVarela
HSVarsova
HSVasna
HSVille De Liege
HSVita
HSWandilla
HSWarilda
HSWestern Australia

Miscellaneous

ALGAdvanced Landing Ground
EFExpeditionary Force
FFFirst flew
FHFlying hours (shown in the format FHhh:mm)
OPOffensive patrol
COP = Close/Central/Counter Offensive patrol
DOP = Distant Offensive patrol
HOP = High Offensive patrol
LOP = Long/Low Offensive patrol
NOP = Northern Offensive patrol
SOP = Southern/Special Offensive patrol
TNAThe National Archives
SFAService des Fabrications de l'Aviation (French serial)
COWCoventry Ordnance Works

See also File format