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Air Historical Branch

Air Historical Branch
Author: Chris_Pointon
Time Stamp:
15:28:20 09 August 2001
Post:
The Air Historical Branch has now moved from its Scotland Yard address probably because it came under investigation.

The new address is now:

A.H.B (RAF)

Room 61

Building 266

RAF Bentley Priory

Stanmore

Middlesex

HA7 3HH

Because of its new location three of the staff have left and that includes Les Morrison who had been of great assistance to me personally and many RAF Researchers over the years. Should he read this we thank him for all his help and wish him well.

Chris



RE: Air Historical Branch
Author: RodM
Time Stamp:
18:42:42 09 August 2001
Post:
Dear Chris,

do you know the reason why it came under investigation? Will this mean a tightening on the already stringent rules from the dark ages concerning the release of information? (sorry, I say this because government policy in Britain concerning the availability of wartime documents has to be the worst out of such countries as U.K., the U.S.A. and the Commonwealth).

RodM


RE: Air Historical Branch
Author: Chris_Pointon
Time Stamp:
20:38:49 09 August 2001
Post:
Sorry Rod but this was just a joke and you should not read anything into it and the Service offered from their new HQ will be of the same high standard as it has always been. However I do endorse your views that the secrecy that we adopt in the UK re RAF personnel etc is unnecessary in many cases.

I would like to know how much money RAF Innsworth make from charging relatives %A325.00 for 2 copies of documents and am hoping that my MP will take this up. The reason they only let relatives have copies is to stop the rest of us finding out and they are particularly concerned about people writing books etc on people who may still be alive. However this does not seem to worry the Canadians or Australians.

Chris


RE: Air Historical Branch
Author: RodM
Time Stamp:
21:02:29 09 August 2001
Post:
Dear Chris,

I can understand the privacy issues for people still living but it is a bit excessive for those who are deceased.

In N.Z., the New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Archives take a very sensible approach in that the information is available for deceased military personnel but they will not give out financial or medical information.

I think that the R.A.F. P.M.A. policy is two-fold to stop the department being overwelmed with requests - strict next-of-kin only and a hefty fee on top of that. Only the people who really want the details will apply.

My main concern with the document policy in the U.K. concerns certain types of wartime documents which possibly exist but where this existence is denied. I refer to P.o.W. records and the M.R.E.S. reports.

I am working with a British family whose father was a P.o.W. in German hands (he died in 1984)and who desperately want to find out about his captivity.

We have gone to great lengths to get information but sadly the powers-that-be deny that they have P.o.W. information or hold the 'casualty questionnaires' that he would have filled out upon repatriation.

This is all the more damning when the information is available in Australia or New Zealand (when airmen of those countries were involved).

Families cannot wait until 2025 or later for this information to e made public...

Rod


RE: Air Historical Branch
Author: Linzee (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:17:34 10 August 2001
Post:
Rod,

The family of the airman in question could try writing to:

The War Pensions Agency

Norcross

Blackpool

FY5 3WP

for copies of the POW records.

Linzee


RE: Air Historical Branch
Author: RodM
Time Stamp:
01:14:28 11 August 2001
Post:
Thanks Linzee,

in this case the Kriegsgefangenen Kartei, used by this agency possibly did not survive the war. The agency refers to the records as are still held in Germany but this collection is far from complete, especially for those captured in the last year of the war.

Rod


RE: Air Historical Branch
Author: Peter Garwood (Guest)
Time Stamp:
10:45:06 11 August 2001
Post:
Sad to hear Les Morrison has left. He was very helpful to me when I began looking for 980 sqdn. Four researchers told me it never existed, Innsworth thought that it had been mispelled on the servicemans Ministry record and paybook five times and must have been 908 not 980!

Les eventually sorted it out for me. Forever gratefull as I wa just about to give up!

Peter Garwood