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Royal Observer Corps. A civil defence organisation manned by volunteers who kept lookout for enemy aircraft over Britain. For D-Day some ROC personnel volunteered to sail onboard merchant ships as Seaborne Observers to identify aircraft and to prevent anti-aircraft gunners from firing at friendly aircraft.