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    Hi all,

    The Special Erection Party was established at North Front, Gibraltar in July 1942. When was SEP disbanded, please?

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    Ahoj Mojmire,

    I am sorry but I did not find this unit in Sturtivant Ray, Hamlin John - RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912, Air-Britain Tonbridge.

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    Hi Mojmir
    Is there any indication as to what was Erected? it might have been something fairly short term as a task. As an example, at the pinnacle of the North end of the rock there was a flagpole with a small flat area which was used for raising and lowering the Union Flag each morning and evening as a reminder to Spain as to the ownership of Gibraltar. I have no idea when it was first established ,but setting it up and any building work would have taken a week or so and justified the creation of an Erection unit which disbanded immediately afterwards. 1942 could have seen a considerable amount of work prior to Operation Torch,much of it of short duration, and the airfield had itself only recently been expanded on the land that was once a Racecourse hard up against the Spanish Border. Tourist pictures of the Rock usually show the North end of what is a formation about 2 mls long and RAF North Front took it's name from it's position at the foot of the feature with a public road,the camp. and airfield filling the space up to the Spanish border.
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    Hallo Mojmir,

    I am no expert in this but I recall this tern being used concerning the assembly - or rather re-assembly - of aircraft. For example if aircraft were sent abroad it was often as cargo on merchant ships after being disassembled and crated. On arrival they had to be re-assembled or erected. This S.E.P. at Gibraltar would be logical for some aircraft types being sent to Malta or the Middle East, and later for Operation Torch.

    Hope this helps,

    Martin Gleeson.

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    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your help.

    It seems that my question concerns the Operation Husky. First time I stumbled upon S.E.P. in the ORB of No.257 Squadron: 28.8.43 , having recently returned from S.E.P. Gibraltar.

    I have tried the webside:
    http://www.allacronyms.com/SEP/Special_Erection_Party
    http://www.divetheworld.com/library/...reviations.pdf
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peop...a4115404.shtml
    "Then we moved onto North Africa."
    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205209153
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/394117...n/photostream/
    etc.

    Also the the forum:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...eutenant-41982
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...n-Saskatchewan

    But: When and where was SEP disbanded?

    Regards
    Mojmir

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