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    I have the following entry in the service record of an AC2 Groundcrew, dated 30 Dec. 44.

    RHQ(W) 216GRP

    Grateful for confirmation of unit and location

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    Hi Dave

    It is probably Rear HQ (W?) which at Heliopolis

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm.

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    Dave (Heritage Plus)
    I take it that this "entry" is actually a posting (or attachment) entry? If you can provide both the "posted from" and "posted to" entries we might be able to help more. Or is the 216 GRP (presume for 216 Group) the other unit concerned?
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    Hi Dave

    Thanks for your interest.

    RHQ(W) 216GRP is a single entry in the 'Unit To' column.

    Preceded by 144MU 28.1.44 and followed by 56 PTC 22.2.45.

    Dave
    Last edited by HERITAGE PLUS; 30th November 2013 at 11:11.

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    Dave,
    Thanks for that. I imagine the 216 Group part of the entry would provide a much more interesting clue as to where this fellow was actually employed, and perhaps what he was doing. Somebody shoud be able to provide the whereabouts of 216 Group HQ. I used to know a fine English fellow by the name of Tony Leach (now deceased) who was an engine man (Flight Mech, possibly also Fitter, later a Flight Engineer) who served for a long period with 205 Group. He only vaguely remembered the squadrons whose aircraft he worked on (and later he flew with) but he always remembered his Group - it was the rock of stability in a sea of uncertainty as far as he was concerned, and this was probably the same for many of the technical staff of the Desert Air Force - squadrons came and went, but the Group remained the same. I gather that this was often because if you were on "servicing" you were more likeky to be on the flight line and on squadron strength, but if you were "workshops" you were more likely to be on Group strength, as Workshops would work on all the aircraft on station regardless of squadron "ownership".
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    Thanks David

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    Further to my last message and David's response I would suggest that the entry refers to

    Rear HQ No 216 Group (Workshops) at Heliopolis, Advanced HQ was at Caserta.

    At this time 216 Group was actually under the control of Transport Command

    All the best

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    Thanks Malcolm.

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