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    Default Was my father hospitalised? LAC Roy Blackburne 810183, 610 Battle of Britain

    Going through his service record it states; under Unit from and to, Adm BMH, 14/3/44 does this then read admitted to British Military Hospital or is an abbreviation of something else. The reading on his service record prior to that was 322 MU which I take was the 322 Maintenance Unit in India. He spent a lot of time in India during WW2. I do know he went to Burma but what abbreviation will that be under on his service record as Burma is not mentioned but he did get the Burma Star and told us he had gone there. Many thanks in advance.

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    I would suggest that you are correct in your assumption that BMH stands for British Military Hospital, as for going to Burma there may well be no mention of this, as, if he went as part of a formed unit it won't be recorded on his service records. You would need to look at the particular unit record books or war diaries to track the units movements.

    Hope that makes sense

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    As Daz has said, the country would not be mentioned by name, only the unit. Unit records are held at the National Archives, Kew in the UK and there are several ways of accessing them.
    Two things may help us unravel the entries: after he was admited, he would have been discharged, so what are the next entries after 'ADM'? Also is the 610 BoB refernce in the thread title tied in to the query?

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    Hemsworth, 322MU is Cawnpore /Chakeri.. currently Kanpur in india

    If you give me the dates from your doc, i might do a look up from my 322 MU material.

    Added Later : Duh.. saw the date for BMH.. I can look it up..

    Added Even Later: Not much in the ORB. Mostly officer centric.. once in a while we find DROs that lists airmen name and numbers.. not much of that here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce dennis View Post
    As Daz has said, the country would not be mentioned by name, only the unit. Unit records are held at the National Archives, Kew in the UK and there are several ways of accessing them.
    Two things may help us unravel the entries: after he was admited, he would have been discharged, so what are the next entries after 'ADM'? Also is the 610 BoB refernce in the thread title tied in to the query?

    Bruce
    Thank you to all those who replied to my query. My father was in the 610 (County of Chester) squadron during the Battle of Britain prior to going to India. I don't think the 610 went to India. On my father's service records it just states,' add BMH 14/3/44 the following details are, 'Calcutta m/e 24/3/44 followed by 322 MU and IOCTU. I'd really like to know what unit he was with when he went to Burma, he served time at Ranchi S.L.A.I.S. All very confusing for a layman such as myself. I have tried to access the 'Orbs' on line but they come up blocked, I am unable to visit as I live in Australia.
    Kind regards
    Sandra Hemsworth nee Blackburne

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    Can you post a copy of the service record.

    Looks like he served with 322 maintenance unit Cawnpore, which repaired/overhauled Liberators, Hurricanes, Vengeances, Dakotas and what not. and then the Specialised Low Attack Instructors School (India) (SLAIS) formed at Ranchi

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce dennis View Post
    As Daz has said, the country would not be mentioned by name, only the unit. Unit records are held at the National Archives, Kew in the UK and there are several ways of accessing them. Two things may help us unravel the entries: after he was admited, he would have been discharged, so what are the next entries after 'ADM'? Also is the 610 BoB refernce in the thread title tied in to the query?Bruce
    How do I attach a copy of his service record, there appears to be no symbol?? Thank you for your interest, Sandra

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    Sent you a PM with the details a couple of days ago.

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    My father attended S.L.A.I.S at Ranchi, Specialised Low Attack Instructors School, (what was taught here), he was ground crew so what would his role had been? Sorry but still trying to work out where I attach his service record??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemsworth View Post
    My father attended S.L.A.I.S at Ranchi, Specialised Low Attack Instructors School, (what was taught here), he was ground crew so what would his role had been? Sorry but still trying to work out where I attach his service record??

    In November 1943 the Specialised Low Attack Instructors School (India) (SLAIS) formed at Ranchi to train units and their commanders in fighter-bombing techniques. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...9765#post89765 . Aircrew were posted there to learn these techniques. most ac were Hurricanes and Beaufighters ..

    Feel free to email the image to admin(at)rafcommands.com I will take care of it.

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