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    Hi All,

    Iím currently in the UL and will be visiting Bournemouth today, does anyone know where the depot was located where RAAF personnel were sent on arrival in the UK?

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hope you have a nice time John! The "depot" was probably one of the big hotels on the seafront do you have any more detail on the depot?
    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for your good wishes, no sorry mate the file I have with me only lists RAAF Bímouth.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    I haven't had a chance to read this, but it may have details:

    http://www.edg.jp137.com/edgww2.pdf

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    Not sure if this helps, but after his repatriation from POW camp in 1945, my great uncle Bill Brew was sent to No. 11 RAAF Personnel Despatch and Receiving Centre, which occupied both the Grand and Metropole Hotels in Brighton, not Bournemouth.
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    A quick read through of the document I posted in previous post shows:

    "The Metropole Hotel at the Lansdowne, opened in August 1893, was a billet for Canadian, Australian and American airmen"
    "A club for the Canadians and Australians was opened at the White Hermitage Hotel (now the Hermitage), Exeter Road, and the Bournemouth Imperial and Allied Services Social Club was at the Melville Hotel, Upper Terrace Road"

    ..... there may be more as I read through


    [As Steve says, this should not be confused with the reception centre for RAAF POW, which was at the Metropole in Brighton]
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    John,
    A bit out of my comfort zone but here is what I found today.
    From "RAF Flying Training and Support Unit since 1912" (Sturtivant and Hamlin)
    No.11 (RAAF) Personnel Reception Centre Initially formed 1.10.42 at Bournemouth as "The RAAF PRC"; 10.12.42 became PRDC; 30.12.42 became numbered unit; 31.5.43 to Brighton; 23.5.44 to Padgate; 28.8.44 to Brighton, 21.1.46 to Charmy Down. Disbanded 31.3.46.

    The RNZAF and RCAF had similar depots at Bournemouth. On 23 May 1943 there was a daylight raid on Bournemouth in which many allied servicemen were killed and injured. The Metropole was one of several hotels badly damaged. I think this may have been the reason for the move to Brighton at the end of May 1943.

    The movement of RAAF personnel to Bournemouth must have however, have begun before October 1942.
    From "The World By Sextant" (Reid Johnson) the auto biography of a RAAF navigator. Describing his arrival in the UK in December 1941...
    From the wharf we boarded a train bound for Bournemouth on the south coast of England, not far from the Isle of Wight.
    In peacetime Bournemouth had been a popular holiday place with many hotels, private hotels and boarding houses for holidaymakers. This accommodation had been taken over by the armed forces and we were on our way to the part set aside for the RAAF.
    We stayed in a private hotel called the "Beacon Royal". I was in a room on the top floor overlooking the beach.


    The above is followed by his description of the town and its attractions. If you are interested, send me a PM and I will send you a scan of the page.
    Tony Broadhurst

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    Hi to All,

    Just arrived in Bournemouth so Iíll check out the hotels mentioned, many thanks to all the replyís at such short notice.

    Cheers,

    John.

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