From: Victoria, Australia
What von Shagmeister says, with the addition that the "no." is not used by the RAF. The screenies have it right with the exception that, as has been said, it should be 406 Squadron RCAF, not 406 RCAF squadron.
I'm afraid that I will have to respectfully disagree that the prefix 'No.' was not used in contemporary documents. The main aim of this was to reinforce that units were designated 'Number 406 Squadron', NOT the '406th Squadron' and was used at the Wing level as well. Have a look at the designations in my scan below from the Australian Official Histories (which quote the original documents).
By the way, the Quote below is from page 121 of Chapter 5 of Volume 3 of the Air Series and can be found on-line at the Australian War Memorial's Official Histories – Second World War.
However, I do agree in the game context, it is much less screen clutter if the 'No.' prefix is dropped and it does not detract from the historical atmosphere.
ORIGINAL: von Shagmeister
Sqns manned by other nationalities but under RAF operational control have the nationality in brackets ie 331 (Norwegian) Sqn or 302 (Polish) Sqn.
As with every rule, there are two exceptions. The 400 series Article XV (Empire Air Training Scheme) Squadrons were paid for and were under the operational control of the RAF. However, their designations were not so straight forward as Headquarters Middle East found out when they issued Administration Instruction (External) No. 191, which ran:
To keep this in context, No. 3 Squadron RAAF belonged to the RAAF proper and was paid for by the Commonwealth of Australia despite being designated the same as and operating along side Nos. 450 and 451 Squadron RAAF in the Middle East.
There is quite an involved discussion on how this came about in the first volume of the Air Series in the Official Histories referenced above.
< Message edited by Reg -- 6/10/2007 9:58:17 AM >
(One day I will learn to spell - or check before posting....)
Uh oh, Firefox has a spell checker!! What excuse can I use now!!!