welcome back Tony
Thanks for your reply, Peter. You are right about the procedures. All mail was censored on base before despatch and regulations prevented any evidence of point of origin. I do have mail from army training camps that went through the normal mail services; perhaps this was permitted since the trainees were not active military personnel. My aunt joined the WAAF in 1939 and was stationed at Silloth, which was a training station. The envelopes I have seen addressed to RAF Silloth were from actve service personnel who had left the camp. The first I saw was from Gibraltar, which I sold ten years ago when I disposed of my Cumbrian collection. When I showed it to a well-known collector of military airmail, he said it was the first he had ever seen and didn't know that there was such a place as RAF Silloth.
I recently acquired an envelope sent to RAF Silloth from a Polish seaman on ORP WILK (a submarine) in 1944. The ship can be identified now from a reference number in the postmark, although not identifiable at the time of posting. This envelope bears one of the stamps specially issued for use by the Polish Forces in GB on only four days of each year. Normally the Polish seamen just used Royal Navy posts and GB stamps. I guess it also shows that not all trainees at Silloth ended up in the RAF.
Hope you find this of interest, Paul
welcome back Tony
Thanks "Mister" A - regards to Neil too!
Hi my names Paul Pratley and I currently work at and run the Upper Rissington Business Park in Gloucestershire - this is the former Technical Site and parts of the Domestic site at the former RAF Little Rissington.
Welcome to the forum and i hope you find it beneficial.
Hi Paul, I thought I recognised the name, you very kindly helped me and Richard (REF) in our quest to find premises for the ARG archive. Welcome to AiX.
Will see him tomorrow we and the grandson off to the Scottish National model show in Perth. Have you seen the MAN brush fire trucks at Sennelager >>??
My name is Margaret Donaldson. I'm new to online info exchange so not sure how best to use it. I've joined because your site kept coming up when I was searching for explanations of acronyms and abbreviations on my Dad's service record.
Thanks to your message board I now know that 7 ITW in Nov 1943 was at Newquay and that 10 S of TT (Airframes & Armament) in Jan 1947 was at RAF Kirkham. But in between there are still a lot of queries.
My Dad was a Flight Sgt Navigator and I'm fairly sure he did some of his training in Durban, South Africa. Does that fit with 48 AS (July 44) and/or 47 AS (Nov 44)?
After that he went to the Middle East - that fits with HQ RAF ME in Feb 1945 , 1 (ME) ARC and probably Agir EM. Does anybody know where HQ RAF ME, 1 (ME) ARC or Agir EM were?
In early May 1945 Dad spent a week in 3. RAF Hospital. Was that in Palestine? Dad said he lost his crew because of that asthma attack!.
Later Dad was as 107MU (July 1945) which I think was on the Great Bitter Lakes in Egypt.
Any confirmations or additional info gratefully received.
Hi Margaret, Welcome to AiX.
HQ RAF MIddle East was at the Seniramas Hotel, Cairo from 1943 to an unknown date. It was then known as Middle East Air Command.
Kasfareet was an airfield on the Great Bitter Lake HERE.
An Aircraft Storage Unit (107MU) and Equipment Supply Depot until 1955
Nothing on Agir, but there was the Middle East Night Training School at Aqir Palestine (11/1945 - 7/1946). A large number of units were based here. Aqir became Ekron and is now Tel Nof. It's about ten miles SSE of Tel Aviv.
Last edited by Carnaby; 27-04-2012 at 18:07. Reason: More info
You may have more luck with identifying individual units and their bases by posting on the RAF Commands Forum , see here ;
I'm a member of both and they complement each other very well .
Good luck !
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