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    Hi everyone, and thank you for allowing me to post here. Please make sure you let me know if I do not obey the posting rules please.
    My brother John and I have started to research our father's RAF service records which were obtained from the MOD in England. Our family immigrated to Australian in 1952 (John was only 4, and I wasn't born until 1963) and our Father did not say much at all about his time with the RAF during the war.
    I will attempt to list exactly below what his service record says, and hopefully answers will be forthcoming. Some we have already worked out, however some seem to be curiously cryptic..........and I thank you in advance....
    Dad was already a Sheet Metal Worker when he joined the RAF, and when he left he was also a Coppersmith as well as a Sheet Metal Worker.

    His postings were, and I am trying to write these exactly as they are in his record.....

    3RC Padgate 27/09/40
    2Wg 5RC 3/10/40 (43/40)
    2Wg 8SoTT H 1/11/40 (54/40)
    Stn Mildenhall HH 30/05/41 (88/41)
    16/44 Feltwell (a) 13/02/44
    32. Base 19/02/44 (19/44)
    64/44 Feltwell x 15/03/44
    77/44 Methwold x 01/08/44
    22/45 32. Base x 01/03/45
    320/45 Mildenhall F 01/11/45
    17/45 1PDC ?G3M? 12/12/45
    123/46 32Mu ?NorM? 25/01/46
    120/46 102PDC ARelease 21/05/46

    My brother John also was told 2 curious stories that may or may not have been true.
    The first story is that Dad was 'posted' overseas to Tehran in Iran between 1/11/45 - 12/12/45.
    Is that possible given what his records actually state about him?
    The second story concerns Dresden and somehow Dad was an 'official observer' to the firestorm that engulfed the city.
    Once again, is this possible given what his records actually state about him?

    His Service Records are now posted here

    http://www.rafcommands.com/galleries/albums/1804


    Thanks again
    Peter from Australia
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    Peter from OZ, Hi - and welcome to the forum!

    Best I can do below. The experts will correct any mistakes!!!

    3RC Padgate – 3 Recruit Centre (Induction, Kit, Jabs, and several Haircuts!)
    2Wg 5RC - 2 Wing 5 Recruit Centre (Square Bashing, Trade Aptitude Tests)
    2Wg 8SoTT H – 2 Wing 8 School of Technical Training (Weeton, nr Blackpool, a/c mechanics/riggers)
    Stn Mildenhall HH
    Feltwell (a)
    32. Base - Mildenhall
    Feltwell x
    Methwold x
    32. Base x
    Mildenhall F
    1PDC G3M – 1 Personnel Despatch Centre Uxbridge (G3M?)
    32Mu ? – 32 Maintenance Unit, St Athan (nr Cardiff)
    102PDC ARelease – 102 Personnel Dispersal Centre (Cardington (nr Bedford)).

    HTH

    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 26th March 2017 at 10:15. Reason: QSD
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    Thanks Peter, that is a great start....hopefully more will be uncovered eventually

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    Hi Peter

    To add to what Pete has given you.

    32 Base was a group of Bomber Command stations commanded by an Air Commodore - see http://www.rafweb.org/Organsation/Bases.htm, its HQ being at Mildenhall. One of its sub-stations was Methwold but Feltwell was under 31 Base (depending on the dates).

    HH means HQ Holding so he was on a holding posting at Mildenhall then was attached to Feltwell pending a posting to 32 Base.

    G3M is a reference in a document originally placed in his records but since destroyed.

    Malcolm

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    Are you able to provide the information from the "Mustering" section (assuming you have the complete service record) as this should help us to understand his trade at various points in his service

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - 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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    I have been able to upload his records and they are located at
    http://www.rafcommands.com/galleries/albums/1804
    I do not know yet how to link this gallery to my profile and thread Pete

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    Hello,

    Totally unrelated to your Father's service career, but the following might be of interest:

    "New Australia" - Southampton to Sydney.
    Arrived Fremantle 23/11/1952 (Sydney 30/11/1952)

    Pass.No.
    528 HANKIN, Mr Thomas C. - 3rd Class.
    529 HANKIN, Mrs Josephine. - do.
    530 HANKIN, Master John A. - do.
    531 HANKIN, Master Thomas. J - do.

    Address: Commonwealth Department of Immigration - 8 Elizabeth St. Melbourne.

    If you are not happy with this information being posted, just say so, and it will be deleted.

    Col.

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    Thanks for posting the service record

    The record shows that he was ground crew throughout his service, initially as a sheet metal worker and then as ...... I am unable to read the second line in the Mustering Section (perhaps you could advise on its content).

    I can't comment on the Tehran element in your post but I am wondering if he went on a Cooks Tour after the war, whereby ground crew were flown over Europe to see the impact of the bombing campaign (This may account for the comment "witnessed Dresden") ..... just a thought

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - 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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    It's fine Col, I already have all that from my family tree at Ancestry Dot Com
    That is my Dad, Mum, and two eldest brothers.....
    Thanks mate
    Peter from Oz

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    Thanks Malcolm.
    I have now been able to upload his records and they are located at the link below

    http://www.rafcommands.com/galleries/albums/1804

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