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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 02:45 
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I have been pulling these documents apart and adding other information from other sources for months now and am making slow but steady progress through this lot.


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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 07:35 
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Kremlin wrote:
I have downloaded the lot & have a total of 498 pdf files amounting to 96 Gb :D

That's around 20+ DVD's worth or around 135+ CD's :roll:

Viva for having an uncapped connection =D> I've still got smoke coming from my internet cables :lol: :lol: :lol:




Hi Kremlin;

Do you think there is a possibility of me getting something from your download; 5 squadron diary of their participation in the Desert campaign 1942-1943? :shock:


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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 09:02 
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Welcome back Darren, long time no post! :smt006


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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 09:21 
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Hi Darren.
Our archives have started on a scanning project but there are other much older, more delicate files needing to be scanned first.
They are looking at doing the War Diaries first when they get to the WWII stuff as it is the most used, therefor most at risk.
For those who want to split the pdf files into units, there are PDF Splitter programs one can google and download.
Stefaan


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W407594F wrote:
I have been pulling these documents apart and adding other information from other sources for months now and am making slow but steady progress through this lot.

I honestly don't know how you guys do it. I've only downloaded a few of the docs so far and it already looks overwhelming.

I presume you've set up your own database for all the SAAF-related data you've collected, including this. Mind if I ask you what you're using?

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Welcome back Darren, long time no post! :smt006

Thanks Dean. Unfortunately the day job has been keeping me busy lately. :)

Stefaan wrote:
Hi Darren.
Our archives have started on a scanning project but there are other much older, more delicate files needing to be scanned first.
They are looking at doing the War Diaries first when they get to the WWII stuff as it is the most used, therefor most at risk.
For those who want to split the pdf files into units, there are PDF Splitter programs one can google and download.
Stefaan

That's excellent news Stefaan, I'm glad the process has begun and I fully understand that this sort of thing takes time to complete. Do you know what the plans are for the publication of the electronic copies once each batch is complete?


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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 19:48 
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Hi.
Don't know what the Internet role will be.
For years I have asked if we can at least have the indexes on the net.
The staff are all eager and very helpful, so I am sure they will do what they can to help getting it on the net.
Be good
Stefaan


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Do you think there is a possibility of me getting something from your download; 5 squadron diary of their participation in the Desert campaign 1942-1943? :shock:
Sure :smt023

Each pdf file is around 250mb .. I've tagged all the 5 squadron ones & it's 1.5gb.

Drop me a postal adress via PM & I'll burn them & send you a DVD.

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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 21:34 
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Stefaan wrote:
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Don't know what the Internet role will be.
For years I have asked if we can at least have the indexes on the net.
The staff are all eager and very helpful, so I am sure they will do what they can to help getting it on the net.
Be good
Stefaan


Good idea! List the index online and offer the docs for sale on disk - make some loose change for the museum.


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PostPosted: 24 Dec 2011, 13:51 
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I have printed most of it off on to paper and then pull it apart by putting into my own data base

ie
Each Sqn (this is broken up into seperate files ie (air crew for each month, aerial victouries, aircraft losses etc)
Each OTU
Roll of Honour
Aerial Victories
Type of Aircraft used


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Hi W407594F.
Hope you can help, as you say you separated all the units.
Which files has the 5 Wing and 5 AD files.
I tried to look electronically but missing many files on those units??
Thx
Stefaan


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Hi Stefaan

I don't know how complete the records are, but the index I have lists:

N°5 Wing appearing in AIR 54/ 100 -103
N° 5 AD appearing in AIR 54/151

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PostPosted: 09 Feb 2017, 21:35 
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Hi Brent.
I have gone through those but there are years missing.
Was hoping that there may have been others.
thx


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