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    Default Decoding the Unit name 6400 Servicing Echelon

    Hi from Ottawa Canada !

    I am tracing an airman who served with 6400 Servicing Echelon RCAF

    I believe that's the support unit for 400 Squadron RCAF which flew Mosquito and Spitfire from summer 1944 to the end of the war.

    Can anyone shed any light?

    Thanks to all in advance

    Floyd Low

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    I don't know the reasoning behind it, probably just bureaucracy, but 8304 Service Echelon was the support unit for 304 Squadron. I have always traced ground crew members of 8304 SE through the normal channels for 304 Squadron.

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    The book "RAF FT&SU SINCE 1912" confirms that No. 6400 (RCAF) Servicing Echelon was "formed 22.03.1944 at ODIHAM to service No. 400 (RCAF) Squadron spitfires". It goes on to list where it was based until it was disbanded (with the squadron) on 07/08/1945.

    If you need the list, let me know and I will type it up

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    In 1 Group, the move to centralised maintenance was undertaken in November 1943. All maintenance personnel other than daily servicing personnel were withdrawn from squadron establishments and redeployed in Servicing Echelons and Station or Base Major Servicing Units. The instruction says 'The Servicing Echelons will be affiliated to the Squadrons and will be numbered by prefixing to the Squadron numbers the figures 9 or 90 as appropriate, in order to make a four figure number.'

    9 and 90 were used across 1 Group. I guess 6 and 60 were the numbers for whichever Group included Odiham in its stations.

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    Servicing Echelon numbers have cropped up several times on the forum, see http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...and-base-units post number 2 from Malcolm for a rundown of prefixes.

    Pete

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    Hi Pete

    If you have spare time it would be much appreciated

    Floyd Low

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    Floyd

    I am away from home at the moment so not able to access the information; can you PM me in a couple of days time to remind me and I will add it to my to do list

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    Floyd

    Can you PM me or e-mail me [by clicking on my name in the top left hand corner of this post] so that I can forward the details

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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - 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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    Will do Pete

    Thanks much

    Floyd

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