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    Hello all, Happy New Year!
    I've had a great response from RAF Air Historical Branch who were able to transcribe most of the elements of my Dads' Form 543.
    Now I'm going through it line by line.
    The very first entry is Southampton CRC and I wondered where that was located.
    I had assumed that Eastleigh (Southampton) Airport would be the location, but this from Wiki "The military site was transferred to Naval command in 1939 and renamed HMS Raven, and subsequently spent most of the war in a ground and air training role for the Royal Navy" and this is confirmed by RAFweb.org with 822A Sqn up to 1 Jul 1939 and Southampton University Air Sqn from 18 Oct 1946.
    I guess there's no reason for an RAF CRC to be located at an airport.
    Anyone any idea as to Southampton CRCs' physical location in 1943?

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    Jim

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    Jim

    Assuming Southampton CRC = Southampton Combined Recruiting Centre, then one leaflet I have shows an address of Lamb Memorial, Dorset Street.

    I am not sure if this is the correct address for 1943 but it may be a start point for you.

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    Pete
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    I may be wrong, but weren't Combined Recruiting Centres a post-war invention?
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    Combined Recruiting Centres were in existence during WW2

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    Thanks, good to know.
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    I was informed by Air Historical that CRC stood for Control and Reporting Centre . . .

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    Civil Defence appear to have had Report and Control Centres at the time (including one at Southampton) but I have not come across this on an airman's service record before. Having said that, I haven't seen the Combined Recruiting Centre appearing on a service record either as they normally start with a Recruits Centre ..... but research always throws up something new.

    Is it possible for you to post an image of the record in the image gallery or list the next few entries so that it can all be put into context?

    Alternatively, if you want to e-mail a copy to me I would be happy to help decipher

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    Thanks Pete, but actually Air Historical did a really good job on the whole form. "Southampton CRC" isn't hard to see, it's typed in twice in the first row in the Unit To, when my Dad first signed up, and then when he was sent back on Reserve: "Unit from: Southampton CRC.; Unit To: Res." again typed and very distinguishable. if you google "RAF Control and Reporting Centre 1943" a whole bunch of hits come up all across the country, just not one for "Southampton CRC".

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    Jim

    These appear to be post-war references ... but if you are happy with the information you have from the AHB then I will bow out gracefully

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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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    There are no Control and Reporting Centres listed in the 1943 Confidential Air Force Lists or SD161s but there is an RAF Section of Southampton Combined Recruiting Centre listed.

    He wouldn't have gone to a Control and Reporting Centre and then been sent to the Reserve.

    Unlike Pete I have many showing personnel going to a CRC (most commonly Euston) then on the Reserve before being sent to a Recruit Centre.

    I think this as a case of the AHB actually' getting it wrong'

    Malcolm

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