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    Default Some More Service Record Decoding If YouWould Be So Kind

    Hello All,

    A colleague has a WW2 WAAF Service Record. This WAAF was (a) in Met, (b) an OR, and then (c) a Commissioned Forecaster – everything in one SR, brilliant!!! I have been asked to help with the acronym decoding.

    1 Where was the WAAF Depot in Gloucester?
    2 Where was 3 WAAF Depot in Morcambe?
    3 AMU is usually Air Ministry Unit in Service Records? Which AMU would have been in Hallam St, Marylebone, W1, in Dec 1941 (prob Medics?)?
    4 Was 304 FTU (Ferry Training Unit?) based at RAF Denton (parented by Sywell) in Apr 1943?
    5 Where was the WAAF OCTU at Windermere?
    6 And is the “PDC” (Oct 1945) likely to have been 105 PDC(WAAF) at Wythal, Birmingham?

    Mni TIAs for any help!

    Rgds

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    Hello Peter,
    "Was 304 FTU (Ferry Training Unit?) based at RAF Denton (parented by Sywell) in Apr 1943?" = no.
    No. 6 EFTS as part of 50 Group (Reading) was the only unit shown as being at Denton at that time.

    304 FTU was in 17 Group at Port Ellen (a station in 15 Group) flying Beaufighters in April '43. Just to confuse things, in the TNA files is a document titled '304 Ferry Training Unit, based at Fort Ellen and Melton Mowbray' from Feb 1943 but Melton Mowbray does not appear in the register for April '43. Note 'FORT ELLEN' instead of PORT ELLEN, I have reported the error.

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    Peter

    re query 1. Probably RAF Innsworth, see https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk...raf-innsworth/

    DaveW

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    Dave/Bruce, Hi,
    Mni tks yr responses - much appreciated! The lady who contacted me has her Mother's Service Record (SR) - which she is investigating, and is new to this sort of thing. As you know, decoding some bits of an SR can be straightforward - but some are more difficult!! She has had the way to do things explained. She now knows what an ORB is, etc. I suspect that we may have another 'enthusiast' in the making. Libraries, Local History Socs, etc, around the UK can expect requests for info!
    Tks again.
    Peter Davies
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    Peter,

    WAAF met training started in an annex of the London School of Economics (Houghton Street) in September 1941. Because of the difficulty in finding suitable accommodation it moved several times during its existence:

    a. 1 Jan 1942 to the Land Registry building in Lincoln's Inn Fields
    b. Mid-May 1942 to Russell Square House, Bloomsbury
    c. Mid-September 1942 to the upper floor of Drages' furniture shop at 73-77 Oxford St
    d. and finally, in late August 1943 to Kilburn

    (For those not familiar with the addresses all were in London.)

    Are you sure she was posted to Hallam St in December 1941? AMU postings on met personnel records were always for met training, but Hallam St does not appear in the above summary.

    The same accommodation was used for both WAAF assistant and forecaster training.

    (Source: A history of meteorological training by R J Ogden Meteorological Office training of assistant staff: 1939-1951, which appeared on page 200 in a 1986 edition of the Meteorological Magazine.

    Edit. Re Hallam St: Would not medicals have been conducted at whichever depot she signed on?

    Brian
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    Brian,
    Mni tks for that.
    "Hallam St" was a classic case of a 'red herring' which was introduced by my contact, and passed on by me in good faith!! Not the first time it's happened!!
    Rgds
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