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    Default Returning from the IT Wilderness , , ,

    Hello again all

    Happliy returning after being off the radar for far too long due to a "terminally ill 6 yr old laptop" and a lack of funds to purchase a new one - until recently!

    My main interest is Bomber Command airfields, No 4 Gp and No 78 Sqn in particular

    I own a house in the middle of Bomber County, but also work in South East Oxfordshire on the above named Sqn - which until both 10 Sqn (Voyager) and 51 Sqn (Rivit Joint) officially reform is the only current ex Bomber Command Sqn still operational that flew the Halifax during WWII

    Without wishing to blow my own trumpet, in the three years that I've been "here" I have;

    Organised a 4 day long reunion for 78 Sqn old boys & families at Breighton two years ago (attended by AIX) This also involved a flypast of all our former WWII bases and a flying (landing on) visit to YAM Elvington. Was part of the team behind the collection of a Halifax propeller unit (LV905 EY-W) from the RNLAF at Vleigbasis Woensdrecht and which now forms part of the 78 Sqn memorial (see Oxfordshire memorials) Organised a flypast of all our former WWI bases last year on our 95th Anniversary (1/11/11) including a return to the actual country house where we formed (Stede Court, nr Harrietsham, Kent) and designed a special 95th anniversary colour scheme for one of our "current charges" Finally, I will hopefully proudly be escorting the No 78 Sqn Standard at the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial on 28th June alongside the 10 or 12 (see above!) other ex Bomber Command Sqns that are still going strong

    Just very glad to be back!

    Kind Rgds

    Tony H
    "South East Oxfordshire" or Sleaford on alternate w/e's!

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    Default Re: Returning from the IT Wilderness , , ,

    Welcome back Tony. Glad to hear the IT poroblem has now gone away. Thanks for the trumpet blowing updates

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    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

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    Default Re: Returning from the IT Wilderness , , ,

    welcome back Tony

    Ted Angus.

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    Default Re: Returning from the IT Wilderness , , ,

    Thanks "Mister" A - regards to Neil too!

    Tony H

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    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.

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    Hi Paul,

    Welcome to the forum and i hope you find it beneficial.

    Regards,

    HawkEye001

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    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.

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    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 >>??
    TED

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    Default RAF Service Record, Help

    Hi,
    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.

    Thanks, Margaret

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