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    Has anyone done any research on the RAF movements from the UK (eg embarkation date / ship(s) etc)) during Operation Torch?

    I am particularly interested in the movements of personnel of No. 110 Repair and Salvage Unit

    Any help / pointers etc would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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    Hello Pete,
    From " Flying Training and Support Units since 1912"
    Page 221
    Column 1
    "Formed c.9.10.42 in UK for Operation Torch; 22-23.11.42 are Algiers for single-engined aircraft; 5.12.42 Philippeville; 6.12.42 to nr Ghardimaou ; 16.3.43 Duvivier; 4.43 Montesquieu; 14.4.43 Le Were; 8.5.43 Kaala Djerda; 16.5.43 Serif; to at least 31.7.43; by 30.9.43 LA Sebala; 14.11.43 embarked for Naples; 11.43 Montecorvino; 30.12.43 Grottaglie ( set Foggia Main); 9.7.44 Foggia ( set still Grottaglie until 24.7.44)(10.12.44 det to Falconara); 26.7.45 Bari( set remained Foggia to 9.1.46; disbanded 25.2.46."
    So hope this is of some use to you
    Alex

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    Alex

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I do have the information regarding the later movements of the unit [same source as you] but I am trying to see if I can track down when it left the UK and on what ship (or ships, if the unit was large enough).

    Any information on this aspect of its movements would be much appreciated

    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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    Hi

    I always find it saves everybody's time if people make clear where they have looked already.

    Have you looked for the ORB on Discovery? That seems to suggest that the ORB AIR29/805 begins when the unit was in North Africa but sometimes there is an introductory paragraph that gives the background from formation. From my experience most of the units that were sent on ships for Torch left from the Clyde you might find records in the ORB for one of the RAF Staging Posts in the Clyde docks - they are listed in FTSU.

    Steve

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    Steve

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I did my best to make it clear in my original post that I was looking for information on "RAF movements from the UK (eg embarkation date / ship(s) etc) ... but as you know, it is not always easy to get the message across in written word.

    There were a number of convoys that left the UK on Operation Torch and I was wondering if anyone had done any research on these in relation to RAF movements.

    I can't always justify purchasing the ORBs when it is a one off query from a relative of someone who served with a particular unit, which is why I find the knowledge available on the forum invaluable

    Anyway, I will keep plugging away to see if anything comes to light, so that I can inform the family

    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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