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    Default Advance G.O.C. Control ?

    Hello,

    I'm looking for the meaning of the acronym, and the job they were doing ?

    The sentence in No. 121 Wing ORB is " Advance G.O.C. Control was set up five miles away" [from the airfield].

    I couldn't find an entry in RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912, presumably as they didn't have no aircraft on strength.

    Was this more a radar guided control for machines "en route", and not an airfield control (in the control tower or a small van by the runway ?), because of that 5 miles distance from the airfield ?

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    Joss

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    Hi Joss

    GOC usually means General Officer Commanding, the Army equivalent to an Air Officer Commanding in the RAF, so perhaps the Army Divisional Commander (with which 121 Wing was working set up his advanced HQ five miles from the airfield.

    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    That'd make sense, as I couldn't really work up the idea of an aviation trafic control (as we know it now).

    The rest of the sentence was "and W/C YULE came over to see us." Which I thought was not related to the G.O.C. control.

    I'm reading the entry about Robert Duncan YULE in Errol Martyn's "For your tomorrow volume 3" and I see that he was posted to 83 Group Control Centre for operational planning & Control Duties on 9th March 1944, and started a course in January 1945 at the R.A.F. Staff College.

    I'm still wondering whether there's a connection between the G.O.C. control and W/C R.D. YULE, as if he were a liaison officer with the army (in September 1944, when No. 121 Wing arrived at B50 Vitry-en-Artois, between Arras and Douai), that would explain it all.

    Thanks Malcolm for your splendid help.

    Joss
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    Hi Joss

    I suspect Yule was indeed an Air Liaison Officer between the Group/Wing and the Army HQ.

    Malcolm

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    Hello Joss

    Here is what I have found

    G.O.C seems to stands for "Ground Operationa Center"
    It seems it started in Palestine in the 1930 years and was a kind of army support.
    Army units needs help and call GCO who sends aircraft.

    Best regards
    René

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    Joss

    According to a document from Directorate of Public Relations (RAF) and dated March 1968 GOC was either:

    General Officer Commanding

    or

    Group Operations Centre

    or

    Ground Operations Centre

    I would suggest one of the latter two.

    Andy Saunders

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    Hello,

    Thanks to you both, "Ground Operations Centre" would fit the bill.

    Regards

    Joss

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