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    Default RAF Station Yatesbury and No. 2 SS Commanding Officers in October 1940

    Hi all,

    I am having difficulties to establish who was the Commanding officer of RAF Station Yatesbury and No. 2 Signals School based there at the end of October 1940.
    I have checked the ORBs but no luck - no names mentioned in any circumstances. Any other sources where I can search?

    During my research in the past I got following names but I am still unable to establish they functions:
    W/Cdr Woolley
    W/Cdr Cocks - probably Adrian Harry Williams James COCKS (16149)
    S/Ldr W. R Heywood - might be only an instructor?

    Any help or advice would be much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,

    There is a 13090 S/Ldr William Robert Heywood throughout 1940-45 in the LG, but in Technical Duties. Don't know if that's your man or not.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    My father was at Yatesbury a year prior to your enquiry. His logbook is signed by a "S/LDR Oic" I cannot make out his signature, perhaps you will have more luck by viewing the signature here, https://wallyswar.wordpress.com/wire...ator-training/

    Good luck. D.
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    David, thank you very much for your help - thanks to your post I have revealed my terrible mistake - I am not interested in October 1941 but October 1941!

    Your signature is very familiar to me as I have seen it in other Log Books. "S/LDR Oic" is not name but function - "S/LDR Officer in charge".
    so is means he was a Commanding Officer of Air Operating Section within No. 2 Electrical and Wireless School - it was name of No. 2 Signals School predecessor.

    Signature is above and I read is as "C. Stephenson" and I believe it was 24193 W/Cdr Clifton Stephenson. I will be glad if anybody would be able to confirm it.

    Anyway names of the Station & School COs are still uknown.

    Pavel

    P.S. Dave many thanks for S/Ldr W. R Heywood possibly ID, it looks like a very probable candidate to me.
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    Additional info:

    according to the ORB AIR 28/966 the CO of No. 2 SS at the WWII outbreak has been G/Cpt H. I. Hanmer, DFC. Later it is mentioned he has overhanded the command on 23. 7. 1940 but there is not mentioned to whom and if it was just temporarily while he has been posted to "Adastral House as President of an Aviation Board for selection of candidates". He has retired at own request on 21. 9. 1941.

    Anyone can confirm that he left Yatesbury on 23. 7. 1940 and for good and has been replaced by someone else?

    The only "trace" about the actual CO in September 1940 is his signature which is unreadable to me. Any ideas what might be his name?


    Any help much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
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