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    Can anyone expand on / interpret the following (which is an extract from FT&SU by Ray Sturtivant)

    No 3 PRC ........................ 25.6.41 Charborough Hall, Southcliffe Road, Bournemouth (dett Hastings 16.1.42 to 8.42).

    What I am trying to establish is whether it was based at Bournemouth AND Hastings during Jan-Aug 1942 or did it move from Bournemouth to Hastings during this period.

    Any help would be appreciated

    Regards

    Pete

    UPDATE: Just found this on TNA site which I think answers my question .... but does anyone know where it may have been based?

    3 Personnel Reception Centre. Based at Bournemouth (UK) in July 1941. Detachments also located at Hastings (UK) and RCAF (Royal Canadian Airforce) Innsworth (UK). Unit disbanded at Bournemouth (UK) in February 1946.
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    Dear Pete
    I have been looking at some aircrew who were trained in Canada and left 3PRC Bournemouth to go to their OTU on 27th July 1941. I would suggest that as you have worked out, Bournemouth in the main centre for 3 PRC and that Hastings is an annexe. I am currently reading 'Up and Under' by Gwyn Martin. He says that in 1940 he was sent to 11 ITW at Hastings but in May and June of 1940 the ITW was moved to to Torquay due to the risk during the Battle of Britain. I would guess that Hastings being a similar sea side resort to Bournemouth had the facilities to be an extension of 3PRC and that this was put into place when there was less of a risk to aircrew in 1941.
    Hope this helps
    James

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    James

    Thanks for the response; one of the aircrew that I am researching came over from Canada when the PRC was based at Bournemouth, with the detachment at Hastings, so I was trying to see if there was any way of determining whether he was at Bournemouth or Hastings (or both).

    I think this may be a little ambitious though so I will record it as Bournemouth and/or Hastings.

    Regards and thanks again for your interest

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    Dear Pete
    It is a long shot, but if you are able to see the ORB for when he was posted on to his OTU it may possibly list his name, rank, number and where he was coming from, and on what date. If this info is in the ORB (which can be a bit hit and miss) it may list Bournemouth at the PRC, but there is a chance it may list Hastings.
    It may be worth contacting the local history section in Hastings library to see if they have anything on the PRC being there. You never know they may even turn up a photograph or a list of addresses that were used by the PRC.

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    James

    I think the chances of finding him recorded on the ORB are very slim as he was ground crew (a Fitter II who later trained as a Flight Engineer), who went from PRC to 422 Squadron in July 1942.

    As soon as I get the chance, I will do a bit more digging around regarding the Hasting connection to see if I can find anything.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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