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    Default Was there an RAF Base in or near Torquay?

    Its me again - problem person. I would be interested to know if anyone knows if 228 squadron or any other ones operating Flying Boats was based in or near Torquay. Just something has croppped up in my search for information and there is something which says last known address in UK - Torquay.

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    Dyan, Hi,
    The nearest Flying Boat base to Torquay would probably have been at RAF Mountbatten (Plymouth) - about 30 miles apart (as the crow flies!).
    However, Torquay had a number of Service Units - Hospital, Recuperation Centre, Aircrew/Groundcrew Reception/Despatch centres, etc, etc.
    Those Who Know (and there are quite a lot!!!) will, no doubt, post in due course.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    PS You are not a Problem Person!!

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    Just to fill in, this query stems from an airman making a border crossing at Detroit dated in September 1941. His last noted address is simply Torquay. He came from the Birmingham area however and his wife was resident there.

    His destination is given as NAS Grossile (Gross Ile) Michegan, his reason for crossing the border being 'Air Crew training' (the scan is not great). Would his previous posting possibly be one of the ITW or ACRC or other such facility in Torquay if he was heading out for training at this stage of the war?

    There is no obvious rank or serial number written down.

    Some random links mentioning the base are below.

    Dennis

    http://www.epa.gov/med/grosseile_site/history.html

    http://www.nasgi.org/ww2.htm

    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=printer_format&om=228&forum=DCForum ID7
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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