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    Default Travel UK to New Delhi 1944

    I would appreciate advice as to how to interpret two apparently similar service record entries for a Flying Officer in the Met Branch:

    a. He arrives at 5 PDC (ie Padgate) with effect from 21.9.1944.
    b. The next unit entry is HQ ACSEA with effect from 27.9.1944 (Authority DGP/5 PDC/4208/44)
    c. The following entry is also HQ ACSEA but with effect from 25.10.1944 (Authority DGP/05/50735/45)

    I suspect b. reflects the the date on which he starts his journey HQ ACSEA (New Delhi), whilst c. is his date of arrival.

    If that's correct I'm left wondering as to the mode of travel - a month seems too short by sea via the Suez Canal, but on the other hand it seems too long by air.

    Brian

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    Brian

    As a start point:

    I have just had a very quick look at convoyweb and this suggests that ships, like the Athlone Castle, left Clyde on 01/10/1944 and arrived Bombay 25/10/1944, so the sea journey is an option.

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    Thank you, Pete; very helpful. I'd looked at the website but missed that (lack of experience on my part). What prompted you to pick on the Athlone Castle - I see there were three other troopships in company for the whole trip.

    Brian

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    Brian

    It just happened to be top of the list and I recognised the name from previous research I have done on troopships used on the WS convoys.

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    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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