I have a newspaper article referring to my great-grandfather's brother Edward John Dowding being an RAF navigator during the second world war, although I understand "navigator" isn't an official RAF rank.
Searching the National Archives' WW2 RAF records for "Dowding" (none of them have a first or middle name transcribed) returns 3 results for a Flying Officer, 2 for a Pilot Officer and 1 for a Flight Sergeant.
I figured out the 3 flying officers are the same person but had some trouble deciphering it with the print quality being poor along with the image being watermarked - I believe it either reads "H J Dowding" or "E J Dowding" but had trouble figuring out which it was (although if it is E, it is most likely the person I'm looking for).
The only way of identification for the pilot officers and flight sergeant was a signature that I wasn't able to decipher (other than the "Dowding" part), so it could be possible all these records are for the same person. Any assistance anyone may be able to give in figuring this out would be appreciated, thanks.