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RAF Stores Reference Codes

Manufacturer Codes:

AS = Airspeed
AW = Armstrong Whitworth
R3 = Avro
BP = Boulton Paul (possibly EP)
FB = Bristol
DH = DeHaviland
EEP = English Electric Preston
F8 = Fairey Engineering
G5 = Gloster
HA = Hawker – also 41H?
HP = Handley Page
MCO = Morris Cowley Oxford
PAC = Percival Aircraft Corporation
PPA = Miles (Phillips & Powis)
R = Republic
SB = Short Brothers
SFR = Rootes Speke
SR = Saunders Roe
SHB = Short & Harland Belfast
SHR = Short & Harland Rochester
TAY = Taylorcraft
VA = Victory Aircraft
VACB = Vickers Armstrong Castle Bromwich
VACH = Vickers Armstrong Chester
VABL = Vickers Armstrong Blackpool
WA = Westland

Miscellaneous Codes:

AGS = Aircraft General Standard (Often on nuts and bolt heads)
ALCLAD = Aluminium (Or “Alooominum” if from former colonies!)
ALCOA = Aluminium Corporation of America
PSC = Pressed Steel Company

Aircraft Part Codes:

P39 = Airacobra (Bell) AW41 = Albermarle Mk1
652A = Anson (All Mk’s) 660 = Argosy
UC61 = Argus Mk1 (Fairchild) UC61A= Argus Mk II
UC61K= Argus Mk III 701 = Avro Athena T2
540 = Avro 504K 582 = Avro 504N

187 = Baltimore (Martin) 156 = Beaufighter Mk1F
152 = Beaufort 192 = Belvedere (Westland)
B101 = Beverley (Blackburn) C1 555 = Bison
142M = Blenheim Mk IF 149 = Blenheim Mk Ib
160 = Blenheim Mk V 130A = Bombay
B26 = Botha 164 = Brigand
F2A = Bristol Fighter B103 = Buccaneer
B339E = Brewster Buffalo 105A = Bristol Bulldog Mk II & IIa

EA3 = Canberra B2 EA2 = Canberra PR3
EA4 = Canberra Mk24 SC4 = Canberra U/D 10
28 = Catalina Mk I CH47 = Chinook HC1
DHC1 = Chipmunk T10 DH60 = Cirrus Moth Mk I & II
DH106 = Comet Mk I – IV 20 = Commando

C47 = Dakota Mk I C53 = Dakota Mk II
C47A = Dakota Mk III C47B = Dakota Mk IV
P82 = Defiant DH104 = Devon
89A = Dominie Mk I ‘(B = Dominie Mk II

AS10 = Envoy Mk III 229 = Fortress Mk I

60M = Gipsy Moth

HP57 = Halifax Mk I HP59 = Halifax Mk II
HP61 = Halifax Mk III HP63 = Halifax Mk IV
HP63 = Halifax Mk V HP70 = Halifax Mk VIII
HP71 = Halifax Mk IX HP52 = Hampden Mk I
HP54 = Harrow NA16 = Harvard I
NA66 = Harvard II NA88 = Harvard IIa
AT16 = Harvard IIb HP67 = Hastings
HP94 = Hastings C4 DB7 = Havoc I
DB7A = Havoc Mk II P1182 = Hawk (BAe)
C130K = Hercules (Lockheed) HP50 = Heyford
DH103 = Hornet AS51 = Horsa (Also marked AS58)
L-214 = Hudson Mk I L-414 = Hudson Mk II-VI
P1067 = Hunter Mk I P1099 = Hunter Mk6
P1101 = Hunter T7

TypeS = Jaguar TypeM = Jaguar T2
GA5 = Javelin 145 = Jet Provost

683 = Lancaster (All Mks) 691 = Lancastrian
32 = Liberator 22 = Lightning (P-38)
P1B = Lightning Mk IF P25 = Lightning Mk 2F
P26 = Lightning Mk 3F P11 = Lightning T4
P27 = Lightning T5 694 = Lincoln
P8 = Lysander

M14 = Magister Mk I 679 = Manchester
179 = Marauder M25 = Martinet TT1
M9 = Master Mk I M19 = Master Mk II
M27 = Master Mk III M16 = Mentor
G41A = Meteor Mk I G41F = Meteor F4
G43 = Meteor T7 G41K = Meteor F8
G41L = Meteor FR9 G41M = Meteor PR10
NA62B= Mitchell Mk I NA82 = Mitchell II
NA-108= Mitchell III 98 = Mosquito (All Mks)
NA73 = Mustang I (Also NA83) NA91 = Mustang Ia
NA102 = Mustang III NA109 = Mustang IV
NA97 = A-36 Apache (with dive brakes) NA99 = P-51A / Mustang II
NA103 = P-51C (early version) / Mustang III NA104 = P-51B (later version) / Mustang III
NA111 = P-51C (later version) / Mustang III
NA111 = P-51K-NT (early Dallas-built = Mustang IVA
NA122 = P-51D-NA (later version) / Mustang IV
NA124 = P-51D-NT (late version Dallas built) / Mustang IV

26 = Neptune HS801 = Nimrod (BAe)

AS10 = Oxford MkI & II AS46 = Oxford MkV

P66 = Pembroke F-4 = Phantom
P28 = Proctor I P30 = Proctor II
P34 = Proctor III P31 = Proctor IV

DH82B= Queen Bee (Pilotless?)

C1-13 = Sabre (F-86) 696 = Shackleton
382 = Spiteful 300 = Spitfire Mk I; Ia; Ib
329 = Spitfire Mk IIa & IIb 375 = Spitfire Mk IIc
353 = Spitfire Mk IV 332 = Spitfire Mk Vb
331 = Spitfire Mk Vb 349 = Spitfire Mk Vc & LF Vb
352 = Spitfire F Vb 351 = Spitfire Mk VII
359 = Spitfire Mk III 361 = Spitfire Mk IX
362 & 387 = Spitfire Mk X 365 = Spitfire Mk XI
366 = Spitfire Mk XII & XIII 367 & 353 = Spitfire Mk XIII
369 & 379 = Spitfire Mk XIV & XIVe 380 = Spitfire Mk XVI
394 = Spitfire Mk XVIII 389 & 390 = Spitfire Mk XIX
356 = Spitfire Mk F21; F22 & F24 SB29 = Stirling
S25 = Sunderland 541 = Swift (Shorts)
546 = Swift (Supermarine) 171 = Sycamore HA12

82 = Tiger Moth 81A-1 = Tomahawk Mk I
81A-2 = Tomahawk Mk II 621 = Tutor (Avro)
89 & 93 = Thunderbolt

637 = Valetta 706 & 710 = Valiant
100 = Vampire Mk F1; F3; F5; F9 113 = Vampire NF10
115 = Vampire T11 668 = Varsity
112 = Venom V146 = Ventura
237 = Ventura Mk V HP80 = Victor
498 = Viking C2 FB27 = Vimy Mk IV
698 = Vulcan

236 = Walrus 462 = Warwick ASR Mk I
413 & 611 = Warwick II 460 = Warwick III
474 & 475 = Warwick V 485 = Warwick ASR Mk VI
345 = Washington B1 P14 = Welkin
287 = Wellesley 285 & 290 = Wellington I
408 & 409 = Wellington Ia 415 & 450 = Wellington Ic
298 & 406 = Wellington II 417 & 440 = Wellington III
410 & 424 = Wellington IV 407 & 421 = Wellington V
442 & 449 = Wellington VI 429 = Wellington VIII
440 = Wellington X 454 & 458 = Wellington XI
455 = Wellington XII 466 = Wellington XIII
467 = Wellington XIV P9 = Whirlwind
188 & 38 = Whitley Mk I 197 = Whitley II
205 = Whitley III 209 & 210 = Whitley IV & IVa
207 = Whitley V 217 = Whitley VII
244 = Wildebeeste I 258 = Wildebeeste II
267 = Wildebeeste III 286 = Wildebeeste IV

685 = York C1

Air Ministry Equipment Codes:

No. 5 = Electrical Equipment No.6 = Nav. & optical Equipt.
No.6A = Aircraft Instruments
No.6D = Oxygen Equipment No.6F = Aircraft Personnel Equipt.
No. 7; 8; 9 = Aircraft Armaments No.10 = Comms. Equipt.
No.11 = Bombing Gear No.12A= Bombs (Live)
No.12B= Bombs (Dummy) No.12C= Ammunition
No.12E = Torpedoes No. 12F= Misc. Armament
No.14 = Photo Equipment No.15A = Man-carrying parachute Equip.
No. 15C= Equipt Drop & Sea-Dropping Apparatus No.15D = Supply Drop & ASR Equipt.
No. 22C= Flying Clothing No.27C= Survival Equipment

6A Aircraft Engine and Flying Instruments, Accessories and Spares
6B Aircraft Navigation Equipment, Accessories and Spares
6C Instrument Test Equipment, Tools, Accessories and Unit Equipment Spares
6D Aircraft Gaseous Apparatus and Ancillary Equipment
6E Miscellaneous Instruments, Accessories and Unit Servicing Spares
6H Aircraft Automatic Pilots, Marks 4 and 8, Major Components, Servicing Spares and Tools
6J Aircraft Automatic Pilots, Types A3 and A3A and A.L.1, Major Components, Servicing Spares and Tools
6S Automatic Stabilisers, Major Components, Servicing Spares and Tools
6T Aircraft Automatic Pilots, Marks 9, 10, 10A, 13, SEP 2, 14 and 17, Major Components, Servicing Spares and Tools
6W Instrumemnt Ancillaries to Radio Equipment
6Z Radio activity Detection Equipment and Accessories, Unit and Major Servicing Spares
13 Drawing Instruments
52 Recognition Models
54A Plotting Equipment
5A Ground Lighting and Miscellaneous Equipment
5B Aircraft Wiring Assemblies
5CW Aircraft Electrical Switches, Switchboxes, Relays and Accessory Items
5CX Aircraft Electrical Lamps, Indicators, Lampholders and Accessory Items
5CY Aircraft Electrical Plugs, Sockets, Circuit Markers, Suppressors and Accumulator Cut-outs
5CZ Aircraft Electrical Miscellaneous Stores
5D Aircraft Armament Electrical Stores
5E Cable and Wire Electrical Stores
5F Insulating Materials Electrical Stores
5G Special Ground Equipment
5H Standard Wiring System
5J Batteries Primary and Secondary
5K Electrical A.G.S and Bonding Stores
5L Electric Lamps
5P Ground Charging, Transforming Equipment and Motors
5Q Ammeters, Micro-ammeters, Milli-ammeters, Voltmeters and Milli-voltmeters
5S Strip Wiring Components
5UA Aircraft Engine and Air Driven Electrical Current Producing Equipment and Spares
5UB Aircraft Electrically Driven Electrical Current Producing and Transforming Equipment and Spares
5UC Aircraft Electrical Current Control Equipment and Spares
5UD Aircraft Electrical Motors, Blowers and Spares
5UE Aircraft Electrically Driven Pumps, Accessories and Spares
5V Aircraft Electrical Domestic Equipment
5W Aircraft Electrical Actuators, Accessories and Spares
5X Component Parts of Wiring Assemblies
10A Miscellaneous Radio (Wireless) Equipment
10AB Miscellaneous Radio (Radar) Equipment
10AC Unassembled Items peculiar to Radio with Generic Headings similar to those in Sections 28 and 29
10AD Items and Assemblies performing Circuit Functions (Nomenclature commencing Letters A-K)
10AD Items and Assemblies performing Circuit Functions (Nomenclature commencing Letters L-Z)
10AF Calculating, Indicating and Measuring Equipment
10AG Tools and Tool Boxes peculiar to Radio
10AH Telephone Head Equipment, Microphones and Receivers
10AJ Mountings and their Component Parts
10AK Dials, Handles, Knobs,Plates, Escutcheon, Pointers, Pressbuttons and Scales
10AL Screens and Insulating Components and their Assemblies
10AM Labels (Radio)
10AP Boxes, Cases, Covers and Trays, other Cases, Transit
10AQ Furniture, Tentage, textile Materials and Ventilator Equipment, peculiar to Radio
10AR Machinery, Machine and Mechanical Parts other than those in Section 10AC
(Nomenclature commencing Letters A-K)
10AR Machinery, Machine and Mechanical Parts other than those in Section 10AC
(Nomenclature commencing Letters L-Z)
10AT Windows and Visors
10AU Strip Metallic
10B Radio (Wireless and Radar) Aerial and Mast Equipment and Insulators
10BB Radio (Radar) Aerial and Mast Equipment and Insulators
10C radio Chokes, Capacitors and Inductors (see also Joint-Service Catalogue)
10CV Joint Service Common Valves
10D Radio (Wireless and Radar) Equipment, Modulators, Panels, Receivers, Transmitters etc.
10DB Radio (Radar) Equipment, panels, Power Units, Racks, Receivers and Transmitters
10E Magnets and Radio Valves (Industrial Types)
10F Radio (Wireless and Radar) Starters and Switch Gear
10FB Radio (radar) starters and Switch Gear
10G Ground Telephone and Telegraph Equipment
10GP Ground Telephone and Telegraph Equipment – Post Office Pattern
10H Radio Connectors, Discs Indicating, Fuses, Leads, Plugs and Sockets and Ancillary Parts,
Holders and Terminals.
10HA Radio (Wireless and Radar) Connectors, Cords Instrument and Leads
10J Radio Remote Controls
10K Radio (Wireless and Radar) Power Units and Transformers
10KB Radio (Radar) Power Units and Transformers
10L Radio (Wireless and Radar) Control Units
10LB Radio (Radar) Control Units
10P Radio (Wireless and Radar) Filter and Receiver Units
10PB Radio (Radar) Filter and Receiver Units
10Q Radio (Wireless and Radar) Indicating Units
10QB Radio (Radar) Indicating Units
10R Radio (Wireless and Radar) Transmitter Units
10RB Radio (Radar) Transmitter Units
10S Radio (Wireless and Radar) Test Equipment
10SB Radio (Radar) Test Equipment
10T Radio Monitors and Wavemeters
10U Radio (Wireless and Radar) Amplifying Units, Loudspeakers and Sound Reproduction Equipment
10UB Radio (Radar) Amplifying Units and Loudspeakers
10V Radio (Wireless and Radar) Oscillator Units
10VB Radio (Radar) Oscillator Units
10W Radio Resistors and miscellaneous Spares
10X Radio Crystal Units
10Y Cases Transit (general Radio purposes)
9 Bomb and Torpedo Sights
9A Aircraft Towed Target Gear
9B Armament Ground Instructional Equipment
11A Aircraft Bomb Gear
11C Rocket Projector Gear
40H Gun Turret Cases and Airtight Containers
50A Aircraft Gun Turrets
50CC Boulton Paul Gun Turret and Gun Mounting Tools
50DD Bristol Gun Turret Tools
50EE Frazer Nash Gun Turret Tools
50H Aircraft Gun Turret Maintenance Equipment
50J Free Gun Mountings
14A Cameras
14B Photographic Processing Equipment, Enlargers and Accessories
14C Projection, Assessing Apparatus and Epidiascopes
14H Photographic Test Apparatus
6F Aircraft Personnel Equipment
15A Man-carrying Parachutes
15C Equipment-dropping and Sea-rescue Apparatus
15D Air Sea Rescue and Equipment, and Supply-dropping Parachutes
25A Propellors
25B Aircraft Radiators
25D Spinners for Fixed Pitch Propellers and Fairey Spares for Metal Propellers
27A Aircraft Wheel Equipment
27B Aircraft Air and Oil Filters, Fuel and Oil Coolers
27D Miscrellaneous Aircraft Cover Equipment
27F Aircraft Pumps and fuelling Equipment (Airborne)
27G Aircraft Brake System Equipment
27H Miscellaneous Aircraft Equipment
27J Aircraft Control Handles with Gun, Camera, R.P. and Brake Operating Mechanisms
27K Teleflex Aircraft Remote Control Equipment
27KA Exactor Aircraft Remote Control Equipment
27KB Aircraft Controls – Roller Chains
27KD Pressurised Cabin Equipment – Normalair
27M Aircraft Hydraulic and Undercarriage Equipment – Lockheed
27N Airborne Fire Fighting Equipment
27R B.L.G. Oleo Leg Equipment
27S Standard Ball and Roller Bearings other than M.T.
27T Controllable Gills
27U Airborne Heaters
27UA Aircraft Cabin Cooling Equipment
27V Aircraft Controls – Teddington
27VA Aircraft Controls – Dunlop
27VC Aircraft Controls – Palmers
27W Aircraft Hydraulic and Undercarriage Equipment, Standard Design
27WW Aircraft Windscreen Wiper Equipment
27Z Turner Duplex Hand Pumps for Aircraft Hydraulic Systems
27ZA Exactor Self Sealing Couplings
28D Bolts A.G.S.
28E Clips A.G.S.
28F Couplings A.G.S.
28FP Aircraft Fastner and Quick Release Pins
28G Eyebolts A.G.S.
28H Ferrules A.G.S.
28J Filler Caps and Fuel Filters A.G.S.
28K Fork Joints A.G.S.
28L Locknuts, Lockwashers A.G.S.
28M Nuts A.G.S.
28N A.G.S. Miscellaneous A to O
28P Pins A.G.S.
28Q Rivets A.G.S.
28R A.G.S. Miscellaneous P to R
28S Screws A.G.S. Miscellaneous A to O
28T Studs A.G.S.
28U Trunnions and Turnbuckles A.G.S.
28V Unions A.G.S.
28W Washers A.G.S.
28X Wire A.G.S.
28Y A.G.S. Miscellaneous S to Z
29A Bolts and Nuts, General Hardware
29B Screws, General Hardware
29C Eyelets, Roves, Screw Cups, Washers, General Hardware
29E Pins, Woodruff Keys, General Hardware
29F Rivets, General Hardware
4A Workshop Equipment
4C Airfield Equipment
4F Air Compressors and Servicing Trolleys
4G Aircraft Servicing and Ground handling Equipment
4K General Ground Equipment (including Refuelling Equipment)
4N Sparking Plug Testing and Servicing Equipment
4FZ Air Compressor Spares
71B Plants (Mobile, Transportable and Static) and Plant Accessories