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TOPIC: Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded

Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 30 May 2016 19:15 #1

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Those that have spent hours poring over Operational Record Books will know the fickle nature of the content which is largely dependant on the whim of the compiler. Recording of the social activities in some are far more detailed than the important information we are seeking. In one case the compiler basically recorded what happen to himself more than the unit!

The one that prompted me to start this thread was something I didn't expect. 234 Sqn whilst at Bolt Head in February 1944 reported that fog off the sea and from the moors had prevented any flying so two pilots went away for sun-ray lamp treatment.

I am assuming this was not for vanity and probably for medical reasons (SAD?) and I am not making fun in any way but I found it curious that it was deemed important enough to record.

There must be others in a similar vein and probably many that are humorous.

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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 30 May 2016 19:20 #2

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Peter

I have the ORB for 84OTU if you want to make a comparison.

Chris

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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 30 May 2016 19:52 #3

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One of the topics that (fortunately rarely) appears in monthly figures in ORBs is the number of reported VD cases. I would estimate that around 10 per cent of the ORBs I've viewed have regarded this as important.

Another observation is that sometimes the names of individuals involved in a court martial have been overwritten with a serious black marker pen. On other occasions they have been physically removed with a razor blade.

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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 30 May 2016 20:48 #4

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Found a lot of records of airmen/women committing suicide in the ORBs recently. :(

Actually I find that the MOs records often give more details about accidents than the general diary does (which is a good thing). That and the appendices are often a greater source of information than anything else.

These gems still crack me up.






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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 31 May 2016 01:37 #5

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Chris Lowe wrote: Peter

I have the ORB for 84OTU if you want to make a comparison.

Chris


Chris,

I think you sent me a copy a few years back. The PDF I have has a lot of pages that are difficult to read though. I think I noted a couple of references to dummy (inert) 250lb GP bombs but no ranges as far as I recall :)

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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 31 May 2016 01:45 #6

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There are a lot of references to courts martial many are regarding an officer attending as a witness or as a member of thepresiding committee, or whatever it is called.So far all names are were visible.

The medical officer's monthly update often includes a breakdown of illnesses including the number of VD cases. I recall a mention of a "repeat offender" but I think that was in a book, probably a memoir.

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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 31 May 2016 05:37 #7

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I have a much better photographed copy now Peter with all pages readable.


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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 31 May 2016 09:31 #8

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Did you have a timed shutter release to do that? I found that my arm ached when photographing ORBs using the camera stands and my back when doing it freehand. Old age probably :)

I did notice that some DSLR camera users didn't require the camera to be touched and it appeared to take a new photo after every page turn. I suppose it could have been Bluetooth but I didn't see anything being pressed.

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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 31 May 2016 11:05 #9

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Peter Kirk wrote: Did you have a timed shutter release to do that? I found that my arm ached when photographing ORBs using the camera stands and my back when doing it freehand. Old age probably :)

I did notice that some DSLR camera users didn't require the camera to be touched and it appeared to take a new photo after every page turn. I suppose it could have been Bluetooth but I didn't see anything being pressed.


My EOD-6D does not have a hard wired remote release, it uses a small wireless one. So it is possible that something similar to that was being used.

Professionals use something like the Bookeye, some incorporate an automatic page turner. They also can also remove the distortion from the fold in the pages.

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Unit ORB Entries - Odd things that are recorded 03 Jun 2016 13:25 #10

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VD has long been a problem for the forces. Those of us who served in the RAF may remember that every quarter in SROs (staion routine orders) there would be an entry saying that concealment of VD was an offence.

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