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    Default Help understanding my Grandfathers RAF 434 form

    My Grandfather spent two spells in the RAF, 1925 - 37? and 1939 - ?. I attach a copy of the his earlier Form 434. I wonder if any one can through any light on its contents. It seems to end in 1928, and has no details about his service after that. I know that he was involved in bombing the Kurds and other mission in Iraq.

    Please see the record here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102912553915876287408

    Many thanks

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    T depot squadron
    cf/29 tsquadron sof77??? 3/2/26 CF11/26
    cf 132/37 SOFtt N.F.F 11/6/27 CF/35/27
    cf/43/28 N.F.F Training Camp Hendon 1 June 28
    cf/75/28 N.F.F Biggan Hill Iraq 21.10.28
    M.E. Alo Wing 20/10/28 CF 125/38

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    Hi

    cf/29 tsquadron sof77??? 3/2/26 CF11/26
    cf 132/37 SOFtt N.F.F 11/6/27 CF/35/27
    cf/43/28 N.F.F Training Camp Hendon 1 June 28
    cf/75/28 N.F.F Biggan Hill Iraq 21.10.28
    M.E. Alo Wing 20/10/28 CF 125/38

    I think these are the actual units: -

    T Depot Sqn this was at RAF Depot Uxbridge - basic training
    School of Technical Training (Men), Manston - trade training
    Night Flying Flight, Biggin Hill
    Armoured Car Wing, Iraq

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm,

    That might help explain this photo I have from him.
    Do we know if they had planes as well as armored cars?

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    Hi

    No they only operated Armoured Cars but of course the officers on the unit were pilots and they often worked in conjunction with flying squadrons.

    Malcolm

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    Hi

    Many thanks for the reply, that has confused me a bit as he worked on planes later on. And appears to have started of from the form 434 as a carpenter. I cant make out the special training he had, but I wonder if that was to do with the armoured cars?

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    The Armoured car units were manned by any personnel, regardless of trade and these units needed various trades including carpenters so it's not a surprise that he could find himself working with them. He would probably have undertaken additional training to be able to operate 'in the wild' with the cars, if needed.

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    Malcolm is absolutely right. At one stage (in the mid-50's) one of the 2nd Navigators on the RAF El Adem Desert Rescue Column was a Met Assistant! Mainly on account of the fact that he could work out which way was North (by day, and cloudless night), and that he could get the chart/map the right way up!!! And once out in "the bundoo" everybody learnt a great deal of everybody else's speciality!!
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Yes that's really interesting, thanks.

    Do you know of a way I can see the rest of his records, this one appears to stop in 1928 and he remained in the RAF until 1937. At the top of the form is says Form 543 opened, would this be where the rest is recorded?

    Thanks

    Stuart

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    Hi Stuart

    Yes the normal form is F543 but you'd have to apply for it from RAF Disclosures at Cranwell

    Malcolm

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