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    Does anyone have the ORB for the Airborne Forces Tactical Development Unit? I'm trying to find Norman Frederick Butler, a friend's father. He helped with RCM for Market Garden but she doesn't know much more about him than that. However, he was at Tarrant Rushton in November 1943, when the A.F.T.D.U. formed:

    November 20th, 1943.
    Notification received that the establishment of the Airborne Forces Tactical Development Unit forming at this station is amended from WAR/SR/33 to LWE/SR/1033. This unit is responsible for investigating the tactical problems which are the responsibility of the RAF in airborne warfare. The provisional establishment for the A.F.T.D.U. is 10 officers, 94 other ranks, four W.A.A.F. and other ranks.
    Part 1 : Service contractors have virtually finished their contract for the aerodrome and are on the point of departure. The maintenance contractors are attending to other works services outstanding.
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    Richard

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    Richard, Hi,

    Airborne Forces Tactical Development Unit (Tarrant Rushden 1 Dec 1943 - 14 Jan 1944). [RAFWEB]

    The convoluted history of AFTDU is at http://www.paradata.org.uk/units/air...pment-unit-raf. It ended up as being JATE. In my time of association with the aerial delivery of stores/personnel you couldn't - legally - take even a tin of curry powder with you on a detachment, by air, unless it had been "JATEd"!!

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    Richard,

    His slip in TNA File AIR 78/26 reads “Norman Frederick BUTLER 1532595”. It is annotated “PD.” – immediately below, and after, the Service Number, and “MILITIA” in the top left-hand corner (there are those on this Forum who will tell you what they mean!). The Service Number (1532595) indicates that he Enlisted between Apr-Oct 1941 (location not known).
    There are two ‘Norman F Butler’ – in FREEBMD - who, probably, fit the age bracket:-

    Births Q2 1921
    Butler Norman F Simpson Walsall 6b 1492
    Butler Norman F Green Pancras 1b 224

    You will know which one is which. With that Service Number you can now apply for his Service Record. This will tell you where he went (and when) from Enlistment to Discharge. It will be full of unintelligible acronyms, etc. There are folk on this Forum who speak acronym fluently!!
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    Many thanks Peter, much appreciated. That gives us plenty more to go on! Once we've confirmed the correct Norman Butler, we'll apply for the service record.

    Cheers,

    Richard

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