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    Buying RAFM Microfilm Records

    I understand that it is possible to buy copies of microfilm records from the RAFM and I am thinking of doing so. Does anyone on here know if they can be used with a 35mm film scanner or have any advice to offer in relation to this idea? Thanks in advance. Andrew

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    The microfilm is 16mm and the copies are like for like so unless your scanner has a frame adapter it will not fit easily.

    Length varies but for the Form 1180 series each reel contains 1000 to 1300 images.

    Processing time to scan and save each image depends on your software.

    After trying various work flows I decided that the best way forward with the number of reels I wanted to do was to use a professional scanning service.

    They turned round batches of 10 or so reels in 14 days scanning as grayscale 300 dpi for approx £10-15 a reel on that batch volume.

    One thing to note is that the card image is about 1/5th the frame so I carry out post processing after scan is done by the external company but the 300dpi gives excellent resolution for view and magnification once cropped.

    Here are some examples of the batch scanned 300dpi, manually cropped, web hosted and displayed
    http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/?q=node/4

    Others can be found under the example F1180, F1183 etc tabs

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    Thanks Ross, that's extremely helpful. Would you mind sending me the contact details of the company you used please?

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    This is the company.

    http://www.datasave.ltd.uk/document_scanning

    I sent them a sample reel and they did a few frames at various resolution and grayscale/colour/bw so I could select what Iwanted for tiff image storage size before setting up the high speed scan.

    Found them easy to talk to and helpful for getting the final product that suited my needs.

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    Thanks again Ross, very helpful information.

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    Fascinating - quite remarkable how quickly the pilots acquired their flying hours in those days.

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    I have a few RAFM reels and they read OK with a microfiche reader. This type of reader is cheap as chips these days so maybe an easy way to do it?

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    I have several 208 Sqdn. official photos taken of accidents in Egypt circa 1926, can anybody help with providing further information?

    18-10-1926 F/O Bing Hamhall?
    P/O Stanley Turner - a/c turned over.
    P/O Anderson & LAC Gregg - fatal crash.

    Hinaidi Iraq - Fatal crash of Vickers Victoria, 7 killed including F/L Brading late of 19 Sqdn. Duxford.
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    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...atalities-1926

    BINGHAM-HALL, Vincent Bingham, F/O, MC - killed 18 October 1926, at Ismailia, in a Bristol Fighter of No.208 Squadron. Also killed was P/O and Marine 15909 William Higgins, Royal Marines.

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    Many thanks Paul
    " I'm not young enough to know everything." - J M Barrie 1903

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    Beaufighter any serials visible in those Photos?

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    Just a line to back up Sabrejet's suggestion. I have been using an inexpensive microfiche reader to read RAF, RCAF and USAAF 16mm microfilms for over 25 years. Quite adequate unless you need to make prints or digital copies.

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    ANDERSON, Noel Jardin, P/O - Killed 29 June 1926 in a DH.9a of No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir; 335447 LAC Edward Ernest Gregg (pilot) also killed.

    GREGG, Edward Ernest, LAC (335447) - Killed 29 June 1926 in a DH.9a of No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir; P/O Noel Jardin
    Anderson (instructor) also killed.


    Hinaidi Iraq - Fatal crash of Vickers Victoria, 7 killed including F/L Brading late of 19 Sqdn. Duxford


    http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1930.htm

    26.7.26
    Vickers Vernon II J7143, 45 Sqn, Hinaidi

    Crashed on take-off onto shed roof, Hinaidi, Iraq

    Sqn Ldr Eric Miller Pollard (31) killed

    Flt Lt Reginald Carey Brinton Brading DFC (27) killed

    Fg Off Oswald Kempson Stirling Webb (26) killed

    Sgt Edgar Kennedy (25) killed

    AC1 Horace Leslie Davis killed

    AC2 Edgar Whittle (24) killed (working in shed)

    Mr Francis Crawfurd Inglis (33) killed

    Plt Off George Percy Mee injured

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    This thread seems to have drifted further than a political party from its manifesto, but thanks to all for the useful and interesting replies.

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    P/O Stanley Turner - a/c turned over

    this is

    P/O Guy Neil Jacobson Stanley-Turner 16136

    Paul
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    Thanks Paul for spending time identifying the right guys.
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