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    Default 31 Base, 3 Group / 218 Squadron / P/O Vernon Humphrey RAAF

    Hi all

    According to his service records, P/O Vernon Humphrey RAAF was posted to 31 Base, 3 Group on 10/03/1944 before being posted to 218 Squadron on 09/05/1944. From what I can work out he would have undertaken heavy conversion training at 31 Base on Stirlngs but there is no detail of what HCU he did this at. Is there a way of finding this?

    Unfortunately his logbook has been misplaced and I'm writing up his service history. I've done a fair bit of research already but more questions to come as I write this up!

    Regards, Andrew

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    Hello,

    No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit.

    STRADISHALL:

    A number of Stirling conversion flights had been attached to squadrons, for example, 218 Squadron Conversion Flight to convert that squadron to the Stirling, but the decision had taken in mid-1942 to combine such flights into formal conversion units. As part of this plan, No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit formed at Stradishall in the first week of October 1942 by merging the conversion flights of 7, 101. 149 and 218 squadrons, along with No.1427 Flight, with an establishment of thirty-two Stirlings although, as with all HCUs, other types were also held on strength. It is worth noting that, although merged with the HCU, 1427 Flight retained its own identity until disbanded the following year.

    As part of the reorganization of Bomber Command that took effect in Spring 1943, Stradishall became the base station for No.31 Base, its two sub-stations being Chedburgh and Wratting Common, all remaining part of No.3 Group, Bomber Command. This arrangement took effect on 26 April 1943 and was unusual in that the two sub-stations housed operational units. However, this situation was changed in December, when the latter were replaced by HCUs to bring No.31 Base into line with the other such training formations.

    Units:

    218 CF - 2 Oct 1942 - 7 Oct 1942 - Stirling.
    1657 HCU - 5 Oct 1942 - 14 May 1944
    --------------5 Oct 1944 - 15 Dec 1944.

    See:
    The Military Airfields of Britain - East Anglia - Norfolk and Suffolk
    Delve,Ken
    Marlborough:Crowood,2013
    pp.209-13

    Col.
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    Andrew,

    No.1657 CU RAF Stradishall, No.31 Base.

    PM sent.

    Kind regards

    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
    No.623 squadron Research

    ~~IN TIME ~~

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    Hi Steve and Col

    Thanks for the info and taking the time to reply.

    Regards, Andrew

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