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    Default HCU's providing new crews to 5 Group

    I know that in 1944-1945 No. 51 Base (1654, 1660 and 1661 HCU's) were the source of a high proportion of new crews for 5 Group squadrons, but would they have been the only source or would some crews have come from other HCU's, particularly in the period before April 1944 ?

    It's an aspect I've never really looked at previously and realise that I have a gap in my reading/knowledge.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Pete

    I can provide you with the development of training within 5 Group prior to the creation of 51 BASE if that is any use to you; however, I think you are asking if 5 Group crews came from say 41 BASE. Is my reading of your thread correct? (Do you want the history?)

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    Hi Pete T
    I've sorted my PM box, thanks for the nudge on that.

    I'm trying to discover if all 5 Group new crews (not those on 2nd tours etc) would have come through the 5 Group HCU's, so for example would I expect to find the vast majority of sprog crews joining 57 Squadron in the summer of 1944 appearing in the records of one of these three HCU's ?

    Incidentally I am struggling to find an Air29 for 1661 HCU after Jan 44, does anybody know if it survived ?
    Thanks.

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    Pete

    A very quick look through 35 Squadron ORB's for around that period show individual officers coming from HCU's other than the ones at 4 Group's "41 Base"; however, without doing a more detailed search it is not possible to establish if "complete crews" came in from anywhere other than 41 Base.

    I am sure that "as a rule" crews came through the "base" route, but as we know, there will be examples where they didn't.

    For completeness, I guess you will have to check "arrivals" in 57 Squadron ORB's.

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    Last edited by PeteT; 12th June 2013 at 12:53.
    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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