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19:21:35 12 August 2001
How do I find out information on where an
individual was stationed in 1940.
Also what kind of base was Burtonwood in 1940? It was located near Warrington, England.
I'm trying to learn more about my Scotish father
William Ferguson who I think was stationed there in
20:50:44 12 August 2001
someone else will probably supply specific details but there is also snippits of information on the Internet. Try using a search engine and searching the term "RAF Burtonwood".
One site with details and photos is:
21:30:11 12 August 2001
If you get any other ideas feel free to e mail me
Thanks , Joan
19:08:34 13 August 2001
From July 1940 RAF Burtonwood was an assembly facility for P-39, Brewster and Glenn Martin (Maryland) types shipped over from the USA.
Also on site was a Civilian Repair Organisation.
Hope this helps.
11:58:38 15 August 2001
If your father enlisted in the RAF, you should be able to get his service record from the RAF Personnel Management Agency. Bear in mind, the RAF Service Record (Form 543) will likely be the only record left. It is a terse, doublesided, foolscap form, often filled in longhand using then-current RAF acronyms for Unit, Location, Mustering and the like. If you have his service no, quote it, otherwise use the fullest details you can (date of birth, next of kin, service dates eg). Someone else here may be able to offer more advice re PMA.
Quoting from the RAF site:
The Personnel Management Agency at HQ RAF Personnel and Training Command, RAF Innsworth, holds the personal files of officers and airmen dating from the inter-war years. [...] PMA is not a public record repository, and can only release records of service to the RAF officer or airman concerned, or to next-of-kin. Anyone else must obtain written permission from the person about whom they are enquiring before approaching PMA. A fee of %A325 is levied for each record researched.
Enquiries about officers' records of service:
PMA (CS)2a (2)a (RAF), Building 248, HQ RAF Personnel & Training Command, RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, GL3 1EZ
Enquiries about airmen's records of service:
PMA (CS) 2a (2)b (RAF), Building 248, HQ RAF Personnel & Training Command, RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, GL3 1EZ
For records of decorations and citations:
AMP Sec 1c, Room F93, Building 255, HQ RAF Personnel & Training Command, RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, GL3 1EZ
RE: Burtonwood Post Script
12:34:31 15 August 2001
Using the UKPRO Catalogue (aka ProCat) http://catalogue.pro.gov.uk/
Useful but picky, this gives titles only, of official files. For you, there are no ProCat entries for Burtonwood for 1939-1942 but:
1. Searching on "Burtonwood" only, ProCat shows 4 files all 43 or 44, all suggesting that from 1943 Burtonwood Repair Depot was in the process of being transferred to the USAAF.
2. Searching on "RAF Burtonwood", ProCat shows entries dated from 1955 onwards, one of which shows the USAAF still there perhaps as late as 1965:
AIR 2/12987 ROYAL AIR FORCE: STATIONS (Code B, 67/36): RAF Burtonwood: USAF dependants' houses, electricity supply 1955-1965
Nor does it appear as a location in RAF Squadrons/Jefford (ie whatever RAF units were there, it did not also house an operational Sqdn station).
Dat's all from me.