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    Default Meteorological Flights 1414 and 1569

    Can anyone recommend a source of information on these two flights. I am particularly interested in how and where they operated and how many flight crew and ground crew they would have.

    I would also like to know whether they have maintained ORBs or some other daily record of their activities - other than the obvious weather reports they would generate.

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    1414 Met Flight: Formed December 1941 at Eastleigh, Nairobi with 3+1 Gladiators (detachments to Mogadishu 8/43 to 4/45; Port Reitz 194? - Sep 1943 and from May 1945; Myndishu by Sep 1943 to at least July 1945; Kisuma July 44 to ??? and Aug 45 to Nov 45; Mombasa May 46. Disbanded 31 May 1946. At various times during it's existence it flew Gladiators, Gauntlets, Hurricanes and Spitfires.

    1569 Met Flight: Formed 10 Mar 1944 at Eastleigh with Hurricanes; May 1944 to Plaisance, Mauritius - aircraft shipped in crates. Disbanded 20 July 1945.

    Source RAF Flying Training and Support Units.

    Both ORBs in Air 29/878.

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    Thank you Brian,

    That was quick and comprehensive! Unfortunately the need for the ORBs is now gone as I was trying to track an airman who was "at RAF Eastleigh, Nairobi with 1414 and 1569 Meteorological Flights in 1951" From what you have given me, that is clearly bad information that I had already received.

    I suppose he could have been there as part of the RAF Station staff since he was a specialist in radar. Ah, well - back to the drawing board!

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    Neville

    Without checking for the exact dates I think most overseas RAF Met Flights had disbanded by the end of 1945, and those in the UK by the end of 1946. There was a Civilian THUM Flight which operated out of Woodvale from 1951 to 1959, but no dedicated RAF units.

    Brian

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    Hello Brian,

    I am convinced that you are right and I was originally given bad information. I think the radar operator was at RAF Eastleigh around 1950-1952 but he must have worked for the RAF Station rather than the Met Flights, as I was lead to believe.

    He shouldn't be difficult to track as he was Polish and relatively few of them stayed in the RAF after the war. I believe his family still live in Kenya but I don't know where.

    Thanks again.
    Nevile

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