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    Hi,

    I am searching for the name of the ship and number of the convoy with which a few RCAF flyers came to England in 1941. I have been told that this information can be found in the BT files in Kew. I actually cannot find the reference to these files. Can anybody tell me the reference or the correct keyword for this?

    Thanks.

    Cheers.

    Marcel

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    Marcel

    Do you know the date of embarkation and the port?

    Regards

    Pete
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    Hi Pete,

    these are the ones I am interested in:

    - Ford, George Edward, leaving Halifax Canada on 15.9.1941, arriving in England 3 PRC on 29.9.1941
    - McIlveen, Archibald Edwin, leaving Halifax on 3.11.1941, arriving in England 3 PRC on 14.11.1941
    - Hannaby, John, leaving Halifax on 3.11.1941, arriving England 3 PRC on 14.11.1941

    Thanks.

    Best.

    Marcel

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    Marcel

    As a start point, you should be able to get the convoy numbers from http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/port/ind...ome.php~armain. If you enter "Halifax" as the port, along with the embarkation dates (use plus / minus 5 days) you should get the convoys and the ships that departed on that date. It will not tell you which ship each airman was on though .... but it is a start

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    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 Pete,

    ok, I will do this first step, thanks.

    Marcel

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    Hello,

    R79656 WO2 George Edward FORD RCAF - Possibly:

    Convoy HX.150

    http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/hx/index...oy=150!~hxmain

    R85918 F/Sgt John HANNABY RCAF & R85920 F/Sgt Archibald Edwin McILVEEN RCAF - Possibly:

    Convoy HX.158

    http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/hx/index...oy=158!~hxmain

    Basically:

    The Allied Convoy System 1939-1945 Its Organization, Defence and Operation.
    Hague,Arnold.
    St.Catherines:Vanwell Publishing,2000.
    p.127

    then ... convoyweb.org.uk

    No idea which vessels, if any, they were on!

    Col.
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    Hi Col,

    thanks for that information, very nice. Where did you get this information from? If you have copies of these entries, would it be possible to send me the images?

    And another question: Are there any further records about the passages of these convoys?

    Best

    Marcel

    Thanks.

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    Marcel,

    What you see, is what you get! I have no further information on the contents of the posting. Others might be able to help with the Board of Trade files - manifests, passenger lists etc. The following might help, but I doubt it - http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/extras/i...src.php~exmain

    Col.
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    Col,

    ok, thanks for your help. So I am one step further. I actually overlooked your information about the source, sorry.

    Best wishes.

    Marcel
    Last edited by Marcel L.; 9th July 2017 at 14:15.

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    The series BT 26/1195 covers the 1941 records, see example below. The National Archives website states that these are available for download from Ancestry.

    Reference: BT 26/1195/182
    Description:
    Manchester: Taborfjell (Fjell Line) travelling from Montreal to Manchester.
    Embarking at Montreal.
    Official Number: not listed.
    List of passengers disembarking at Manchester.
    Date: 1941 Dec 8
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
    Access conditions: Open Immediately

    Sean

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