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    Default Help to decipher entries on RAF service record in India, Burma, Java.

    I have recently received my late fatherís RAF service record. He was a wireless operator and served in India, Burma and Java. Some of the handwritten entries are difficult to decipher and I am hoping that someone may be able to clarify them for me.

    The record shows HQ (U) 221 Group from 31/03/43, renamed SE Asia 16/11/43.

    The subsequent entries are hard to read but may be 41 P 814 (or 811) or 41 P f14 (or f11) date 9/6/44 then may be
    41 I CW date 15/6/44 , then
    5756 Mobile Signals Unit 22/8/44

    Then H.E. (or may be M.E.) followed by 9PDC 95MU (or MW) 5/6/44.

    I am aware that Dad was stationed at Belvedere in Calcutta and was also at Imphal and Broadway. I understand he took part in supply drops behind enemy lines and was one of the people who pushed the supplies out of the planes which I believe were Dakotas.

    I am also seeking help from anyone who may be able to tell me what his duties would have entailed during this time. Any information would be greatly appreciated or advice of further reading.

    My late father was a wireless operator in the RAF (5756 Mobile Signals Unit) and after service in India and Burma, was stationed in Batavia in Java between 1945-1946.
    I believe that this was a Dutch colony at the time.
    Can anyone explain the role of the RAF at this time in Java and what work a wireless operator would have carried out.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    I have recently received my late fatherís RAF service record. He was a wireless operator and served in India, Burma and Java. Some of the handwritten entries are difficult to decipher and I am hoping that someone may be able to clarify them for me.

    The record shows HQ (U) 221 Group from 31/03/43, renamed SE Asia 16/11/43.

    The subsequent entries are hard to read but may be 41 P 814 (or 811) or 41 P f14 (or f11) date 9/6/44 then may be
    41 I CW date 15/6/44 , then
    5756 Mobile Signals Unit 22/8/44

    Then H.E. (or may be M.E.) followed by 9PDC 95MU (or MW) 5/6/44.

    I am aware that Dad was stationed at Belvedere in Calcutta and was also at Imphal and Broadway. I understand he took part in supply drops behind enemy lines and was one of the people who pushed the supplies out of the planes which I believe were Dakotas.

    I am also seeking help from anyone who may be able to tell me what his duties would have entailed during this time. Any information would be greatly appreciated or advice of further reading.

    I have recently received my late fatherís RAF service record. He was a wireless operator and served in India and Burma. I am aware he sailed to India in December 1942 and was part of 168 Wing stationed at Belvedere in Calcutta and then HQ (U) 221 Group throughout 1943.

    I am seeking help from anyone who may be able to tell me what his duties would have entailed during this time. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Simon
    Last edited by Jagan; 22nd November 2018 at 21:14. Reason: Merged multiple posts and threads as they deal with same individual

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon555 View Post
    168 Wing ...and 221 Group
    168 Wing Asansol, 6.II-25.V.43.
    VI.43 Calcutta, 221 Gp, 82 Sqn Vengeance, Salbani VI-XII.43.
    XII.43: 45 & 110 Sqn (Vengeance, Kumbhigram), 211 Sqn (Beaufighter X, Ranchi).
    1944: 221 Gp; 60 Sqn Hurricane, 81 Sqn Spitfire, 84 Sqn Vengeance.
    Chindit ops. support: Spitfires of 81 Sqn (Det) based at Broadway, III.44.
    IV.44: 82 Sqn, Mosquito VI, Kumbhirgram; 261 Sqn (FJ), Thunderbolt, Kutmbhigram, X.44.
    Disbanded (renamed 908 Wing) 1.X.44.

    908 Wing, 221 Gp. (aka Mosquito Wing). Renamed 1.X.44 from 168 Wing. OC Gp Capt E.A. Whiteley 1.X.44.
    XII.44: 45 (OB) & 82 (UX) Sqn, Mosquito VI, Kumbhirgram.V.45 Joari, near Cox's Bazaar, India (still with 45 & 82 Sqns).
    VI-VIII.45 Meitkila, 221 Gp.
    Hmawbi, Burma, 17.VIII-11.IX.45.
    Tan Son Nhut, Saigon, French Indochina (Vietnam) 19.IX-30.IX.45. Disbanded 30.IX.45.
    At this date consisted of:
    273 Sqn, Spitfire VIII; 684 Sqn, Mosquito (det). Non-flying units: 1307 Wing, RAF Regt., 2963 AA Sqn, 2967 Field Sqn, 98 MFCU, 3209 Servicing Commando (det), 99 Embarcation Unit, Mobile Signals Units: 5803, 5804, 5820, 5847, 55647, 55656; 346 Wing Mobile Photographic Section, 7273 Seving Echelon, 2 Field Hygiene Section, 2 Stagging Post, 717 Meteorological Forecast Section.

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    Hi Zoran
    Thanks for the information.
    Regards
    Simon

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