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    Default Couple of questions about a photo of an R.C.A.F. Corporal

    Hello everyone

    A little challenge for you this festive period.

    I've inherited the family photo collection after my mother died earlier this year, and amongst the various photos I found one I think is of James Napier Haswell, my mother's cousin, b. Sunderland in 1912. He in an R.C.A.F. Corporal's uniform (his family emigrated there before WW1), and there's a Halifax Mk.II in the background. So, first up, where was this taken? There are some low hills in the right-hand background, so is it Middleton St. George, or possbily Croft?

    Linky to photo: https://flic.kr/p/2cntWcR

    Secondly, I'm none too familiar with finding out about R.C.A.F. service numbers or records - is there an equivalent to Air 78 for R.C.A.F. personnel?

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    Simon

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    Is that a torpedo, or mine, in the frame trolley behind his head? Might narrow it down?
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    Isn't it an oxygen (or other gas?) tank on a trolley?

    Simon

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    Hello,

    Looks like an oxygen/gas cylinder to me. Note the number on the trailer in the background, could be 425 (Squadron), at Tholthorpe.

    Col.

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    Good spot Col - I'd not noticed that!

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    Simon

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    Default Re: Couple of questions about a photo of an R.C.A.F. Corporal

    Hello again

    So, with very many thanks indeed to Dave Stockholm, I've got his R.C.A.F. records.

    His Service Number was R.142033 and he was a Corporal in the Service Police, employed on city and station patrols. He was overseas in the U.K. for two years, and was in charge of a detachment for two months.

    His records state that he was 'a steady, reliable N.C.O. of good ability. Test score indicates superior ability to learn. Pleasant, mature type of good appearance.'

    He embarked for the UK on April 4th 1944 from Halifax, N.S., arriving in the UK on April 11th.

    While in the UK, his attachments were as follows, as far as I can make out:

    12th April 1944 - 3 P.R.C.
    20th April 1944 - O/S H.Q.
    20th April 1944 to 25th August 1944 - Police H.Q. Burnham [Buckinghamshire?]
    25th August 1944 to 20th September 1944 - Leeds, 13 Area
    20th September 1944 to 4th October 1944 - Police School Weston
    4th October 1944 - Leeds, 13 Area
    19th February 1946 - R.A.F. Police H.Q.
    20th February 1946 - Topcliffe
    11th March 1946 - repatriated to Canada

    So, is the photo taken at Topcliffe, post-war?

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    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: Couple of questions about a photo of an R.C.A.F. Corporal

    Simon,

    My own interpretation of the image is that it is unlikely to be Topcliffe as the deciduous trees in the background appear to be in full leaf., which would rule out the Feb-Mar 1946 time-frame.

    Brian

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