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    Default Malta Apr 1942-Apr 1944 Air HQ Lascaris wireless high speed telegraphy Kenneth Cook

    I am researching my father Kenneth Cook's wartime role as a wireless op/high speed telegraphist who served in RAF in Air HQ Lascaris, Valletta Apr 1942 - Apr 1944. I should like to find out more about how his section worked and who he worked with. He was billeted at the Vernon United Services Club. Bletchley Park experts confirm that traffic was relayed to/from Malta to them via UK stations under direction of Leighton Buzzard. Dad went onto also serve in SHAEF at Versailles, Reims and Frankfurt.

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    Legacyww2, Hi – welcome to the forum!
    Pse see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Stanbridge. This will give you an outline of the RAF H/F comms system. It was, basically, much the same during WW2. I worked with this system in the Mediterranean in the early 50’s.
    At that time hand-keyed, sent, morse had an upper limit of around 30-35 wpm (words per minute – where a ‘word’ was the equivalent of a group of 5 alphanumeric characters in the Latin script.). Above that speed the transmissions were usually made by the automatic tape-relay system.
    High speed morse can be manually received at much higher speeds (60 wpm (and upwards!!) have been achieved), but mostly in specialist competitions as opposed to day-to-day routine communications. I have actually seen/heard operators in a UK coastal radio station (in the late 40’s) receive marine morse messages at around 30/35 wpm on to a typewriter whilst (a) drinking coffee, (b) smoking a fag, and (c) answering questions from young idiots like me. There was also a book open on the desk – but whether this was just read in between messages or (as they would have you believe!!!) whilst actually receiving a message at the same time was not known!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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