RAF Casualty Packs 1939-45 – Catalog

In 2012 the MoD undertook a consultation into the views of interested parties in releasing RAF Casualty Packs from the period 1939 to 1945 to public access at The National Archives. Please note the extent is limited to FB or Battle losses, FA or Accident Losses are excluded from the current consultation.

The 1500 or so Casualty Packs have been organised in sets of 300 records each by Paul McMillan which can be accessed via the following links.

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AIR 81 – RAF Casualty Packs 1939-45 : Part 1

by Paul McMillan

In 2012 the MoD undertook a consultation into the views of interested parties in releasing RAF Casualty Packs from the period 1939 to 1945 to public access at The National Archives. Please note the extent is limited to FB or Battle losses, FA or Accident Losses are excluded from the current consultation. The Outcome of the consultation has now been published.

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload…alty_Packs.pdf

War Establishment of a Hurricane Squadron

Ever wondered what was the Unit establishment of a Hurricane Squadron? How many pilots, Sgt Pilots, airmen, mechanics, warrant offices, fitters, armourers etc was it authorised? or how many Dhobis, Cooks, Sweepers and Mess Waiters it had on strength (only in the far east!).  Or how many Motorcycles, trucks, vans and other vehicles it was authorized?

Angels Ten!

book cover 001Richard B. Gilman, ex WW2 Spitfire Pilot had published his memoirs “ANGELS TEN!”.
Richard was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1922. During World War II he spent six years in the Royal Air Force. While he insists his service, compared with so many others, was quite unspectacular, he did manage to crash four times including a mid-air collision while returning from an operation off the coast of Nazi-held France.On November 24th, 1941, Richard Gilman crashed his disabled Spitfire V-B at high speed into a mud bank near Shoreham Emergency Airport in Sussex, England. He was only 19 years old.

The accident led to several operations, over a year of hospitalization and many more of recovery…

Disbandment of 607 Squadron, Mingaladon, Burma (August 1945)

No. 607 Squadron (“County of Durham”) was an Auxillary Squadron, raised in 1930. It saw service in the Battle of France, and in the Battle of Britain, before moving overseas to India to fight on the Burma Front.  One of the few units to fly the Spitfires over Burma, it took part in the Imphal Siege in 1944 and was finally disbanded after the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

2827 Sgt Alex Calvert and AVM Bouchier2829 Bouchier with PilotsPhoto 2826 - Bouchier's Farewell speech