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    Default Simon Hughes My farther and his time in Rhodesia. 1941/42 Can anyone help.

    Simon Hughes
    Hi,
    I am new to this association and looking for information about my farther, He was in the RAAF in 1941 and
    was sent to Rhodesia for training. If anyone can help me with information about this i would appreciate it.

    He also became a friend on Ian Smith at the time. My farthers name is James Hughes. The other information
    I would be interested in is he was a member of the RAAF Rhodesian association in Australia, I am unable to
    find any information on this group.

    Regards,

    Simon

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    Default Simon Hughes My farther and his time in Rhodesia. 1941/42 Can anyone help.

    Simon,
    I do not have any RATG records from 1941/42
    From what I can see of Ian Smith's flying training on the Internet he may have been at No.26 EFTS Guinea Fowl and 22 SFTS Thornhill. I alos came across the mention of many Australians on his course.

    Hope that helps, Freshman
    Last edited by Freshman; 12th July 2013 at 13:03. Reason: typo

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    If your dad was RAAF then first step is get a copy of his service record from the Australian national archives. You have his service number don't you.
    Dennis Burke
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    Thread posting seems duplicated Simon, which of threads is primary?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?15043-Simon-Hughes-My-farther-and-his-time-in-Rhodesia.-1941-42-Can-anyone-help.
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    Default Simon Hughes / Re- James Hughes

    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    If your dad was RAAF then first step is get a copy of his service record from the Australian national archives. You have his service number don't you.
    His service number is 408208, I have recieved information from ANN
    but it is brief.

    Regards,

    Simon Hughes

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    Default Simon Hughes / Re- James Hughes

    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    Thread posting seems duplicated Simon, which of threads is primary?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?15043-Simon-Hughes-My-farther-and-his-time-in-Rhodesia.-1941-42-Can-anyone-help.
    It is the last one, I did sent two by mistake but the last one is ok.

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    Can you explain what is brief about his service record? How many pages is it?

    What units was he with including training units. What dates was he with those units. Where did he train, give us some details.

    And PLEASE, there is not need to use the quote function, you dont have to reply to each posting with our answers quoted, it just fills up the server with duplucate text. Cheers.
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    Default Simon Hughes / Re- James Hughes

    Hi Dennis,

    The only unit I can find is Squadron 231, the information at the War records in Canberra are 10 pages. most of them give details of movements to Dunsford and Clifton, He was also stationed near York but I don't have a airport name.

    He did fly Mustangs over to france for photo recognisance over France, he a did tell me that his squadron took
    photos over Normandy but had no idea why until D-Day when he watched all the aircraft fly over.

    His records do state that he did disembark in south Africa but from then on nothing more in his records.

    I do understand it is vert hard to obtain informatiom as there are so many of them.

    His Flying Officer number is 408208.

    Kind Regards,

    Simon Hughes

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    Simon,

    Here is a simplified summary of your Father's career up to time he arrived in the UK:

    Militia Service - 12/50th Bn. 1933-1936
    Enrolled in RAAF Reserve, Launceston, Tasmania - 10/8/40
    Enlisted RAAF No.6 Recruitment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania - 25/4/41
    No.1 Initial Training Wing, Somers, Victoria - 25/4/41 (No.14 Course)
    No.1 Embarkation Depot, Ascot Vale, Victoria - 21/6/41
    Embarked Sydney for Overseas service - 1/9/41 (No.10 & 11 Draft to S. Rhodesia)
    Disembarked South Africa -31/10/41
    Arrived Southern Rhodesia for Pilot's Course - 10/11/41
    Initial Training Wing, Hillside (Bulawayo) - 10/11/41
    No.26 Elementary Flying Training School, Guinea Fowl (Gwelo) - (Tiger Moths) - 4/12/41
    No.22 Service Flying Training School, Thornhill (Gwelo) - (Harvards) - 2/3/42
    Awarded Flying Badge - 5/5/42
    Discharged from Citizen Air Force (RAAF), granted a commission as Temporary Pilot Officer in CAF/RAAF - 1/8/42
    Left Rhodesia - 8/8/42
    Embarked Cape Town, South Africa - 25/8/42
    Disembarked UK - 18/9/42

    Your Father's service from here on in gets a bit complicated, and would require quite a bit of work to get it right - in fact, even the RAAF authorities post-war gave it a miss!

    Col.
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    Hi Simon,

    I answered your other question on the reference side of the board. It really pays to keep everything all together:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?8336-Rhodesian-Air-Training-Group&p=88796

    You'll find everybody here a very helpful lot but we do try an keep things organized.

    Regards,

    Dave

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