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    Default What is No.54 R and R P ?

    Whilst transcribing material I came up with this - unit as given in document, but what is it ?'

    LAST, Hubert Wallace, Flight Sergeant (536706, Royal Air Force) - Headquarters, No.212 Group, attached to No.54 R and R P - British Empire Medal - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 June 1945. Public Record Office Air 2/9056, courtesy of Steve Brew, has citation.

    "Flight Sergeant Last has been the senior Bomb Disposal Non-Commissioned Officer in the Middle East theatre of war for nearly four years. He has performed most valuable service in his experimental work of stripping new enemy fuzes and bombs, including the 1,000-kg and 1,800-kg rocket bombs. He was the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of clearing Martuba and Derna airfields of enemy bomb and shell dumps; this involved over 1,000 tons of bombs, including 2,000 armed anti-personnel bombs which had caused previous casualties. The work on Derna airfield was completed under difficult conditions as it was necessary to avoid any interference to flying. This airman undertook the more dangerous tasks himself and for most of the time was in charge without the help of a bomb disposal officer. Throughout a long period Flight Sergeant Last has displayed outstanding courage and leadership."

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    Default Rearm & Refuel

    hello Hugh

    Not sure, but I've read R & R for Rearm & Refuel, about Emergency Landing Strips in Normandy in the days after D-Day. Not sure about the P (Post ?)

    Joss

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    Default No. 54 R&RP

    G'day Hugh

    No. 54 Refuelling and Re-Arming Party was located at Derna, Libya and was administered by Air Headquarters Eastern Mediterranean.

    Cheers...Chris

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