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Recently acquired this SA Korean War pair. The UN Korea is the standard english language version. Both the medals are edge named in impressed block letters P5269 V M F PREVOST. My question would be what is the meaning the letter P preceeding the man's service number ?


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The book I have found most useful is:

"Flying Cheetahs" Korea 1950-1953 by Winston Brent. Freeworld Publications. 2001. (African Aviation Series No 8).

It has a roll of the medals awarded and a great deal more, including many photographs.

P5269 Prevost has the initials "W M P" in this book. He was an Air Sergeant (i.e. ground crew), who served in Korea from 26/5/1952 to 21/7/1953. He was also entitled to the Korean Korea Medal. Like many of the men who served late in the war, he was probably not a World War II veteran. His service papers are available for copying in the military archives in Pretoria.



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