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    I am posting my father's 1940-45 RAF Unit list; I would appreciate any help on deciphering abbreviations.
    My father was a Commercial Photographer before the war aged 33 years. Do you think it's a coincidence that he was posted to Photographic Reconnaissance?



    Any help appreciated in particular

    156 MU
    French Repair Unit
    F.T.L Unit

    and where was the 94th General Hospital?

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    Hi,

    few bits and pieces for you:

    156 Maintenance Unit
    French Tactical Liaison Unit

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    When I tried to access the photobucket album, Norton blocked it as a malicious site, but I have picked up a copy from the image gallery, so here is a start point for you:

    27/09/1940: Enlisted at 3 Recruits Centre, Padgate
    28/09/1940: Placed on Reserve (after assessments)
    07/11/1940: Recalled from Reserve and kitted out etc at 3 Recruits Centre
    14/11/1940: Posted to 2 Wing, 5 Recruits Centre, West Kirby, for basic training
    20/12/1940: Posted to 1 Wing, 12 School of Technical Training, Melksham to start his "trade training"

    Can you post a copy of the mustering section of the record so that we can establish his trade and put his postings into context.

    Regards

    Pete
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    Hello Pavel,
    Many thanks for your help.
    I'm getting an impression because of his Civilian Occupation before the War that his trade as an LAC might have been Photographic in Nature.
    He was with the 210 and 540 Squadrons and did some training at PRU and Station Benson.
    Exciting stuff, as my Dad died back in 1969 I never got to know much about him.
    I do appreciate your help.
    Many Thanks
    Ken
    aka Gillfoto

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    Hello Pete, Many thanks for your help here.
    I just posted a detail "IMG 7621" of my Dad's Mustering on the "Image Gallery" Page
    So I'm still trying to get info on 26/43 No 1 PDC Reason G3R and below h WAA 4.

    Well thanks again, really I am thrilled to know a lot more about his experience.
    It's weird coincidence but I trained as a Commercial Photographer out of High School (1976) and I never knew he was a Commercial Photographer before he joined up in 1940 aged 33 years.

    So many thanks and I really do appreciate your help.
    Sincerely
    Ken
    aka Gillfoto

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    Pavel,
    Just Wiki'd 156 MU
    No. 156 MU Blida, Algeria Includes detachment at Boufarik

    Thanks

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    His musterings show that his trade was instrument repairer, which ties in with trade training at 12 SOTT (where they trained electricians, instrument makers and armourers).

    1 Personnel Despatch Centre, West Kirby, was a holding centre for personnel due to be posted overseas.

    94th British General Hospital was in Algiers, which ties in with the unit locations suggested in your last post.

    I will have another look at the record tomorrow to see what else I can add which may help you

    Regards

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    - 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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    Wow, thanks.
    So maybe he worked on the cameras loading/unloading and getting them ship shape.
    I know he lost two fingers on his right hand.

    Interesting that he was assigned French Tactical Liaison Unit did they have their own Squadron or would he still been with the 540?

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    That is possible. No 540 Squadron, as you probably know, was a photo reconnaissance squadron.

    Regards

    Pete
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    - 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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    Hi

    I think that FTLU is French Technical Liaison Unit. According to "Flying Training and Support Units" by Sturtivant and Hamlin the French Repair Unit was formed at Blida on 25 June 1943. The FTLU was formed from the French Repair Unit at Blida along with the "Air Repair Section at Boufarik" (I assume that was part of 156MU) and the Camions Renault Aircraft Factory at Maison Blanche. On 16 June 1944 the FTLU was disbanded into three separate organisations Nos 1, 2 and 3 FTLU in different locations most likely when it became 100% French personnel?

    Steve

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