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    Researching RAF and SOE and have come across this re storage of containers...

    "Elephant shelters at 27 A.S.D. Shefford were used when stocks were heavy in 1944"

    My questions what were Elephant shelters, I'm sure they were other that the name implies and what was 27 A.S.D.?

    Can anyone throw some light on this?
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    Bob

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    Bob, Hi,
    Hope this is not muddying the waters?

    SOE suggests UK involvement?

    Elephant shelters today are defined as "Portable, collapsible shelters to protect the work area when welding large work pieces out of doors." (Wiki).

    ASD suggests ‘Air Stores Depot’? Sturtivant (FT&SU1912+) doesn’t have any (at least, I can’t find any!).

    Air Stores Depot suggests USAAF?

    Shefford could be Great Shefford (i.e. Welford), or Shefford (i.e. Chicksands) – both US involvement?

    HTH
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    Hello

    This page: https://www.smashwords.com/extreader...auxiliary-unit

    has the following: "Elephant Shelter: Factory produced semi-circular shelter of heavy gauge corrugated steel, delivered in sections and bolted together in-situ."

    See also photo on this page: https://www.coleshillhouse.com/broad...nit-patrol.php

    and the description: "The OB is an early type Elephant shelter with corrugated iron end walls. It is unusual in being L shaped, with an additional side chamber towards the end furthest from the entrance. The ventilation pipes are formed from corrugated iron sheet curled into tubes."

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    Simon

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    Thank you Simon and Peter just the info I needed.

    I am sure that the Shefford mentioned as it is jut down the road from RAF Tempsford and the passage comes from a file re Air Liaison and the RAF.
    Cheers
    Bob

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    Bob,
    That will be the RAF/USAAF Chicksands Shefford then?
    HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    Bob,
    That will be the RAF/USAAF Chicksands Shefford then?
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Honest answer - I don't know. The file only mentions Air Liaison, RAF, SOE and Shefford. I have seen no mention of RAF Chicksands nor USAAF but still have many pages to go.

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    Just found this on an earlier page....

    At Gaynes Hall reasonable stocks could be held, until the beginning of 1943, when owing to the increased packing commitments additional storage space had to be found.
    This difficulty was overcome by storing ammunition and explosive with C.O.O. 27 A.S.D R.A.O.C. Shefford and collecting when required.
    Don't know what C.O.O. stands for and assume that 27 A.S.D Shefford and 27 A.S.D. R.A.O.C. Shefford are one and the same.
    Does that clarify or muddy things?

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    Hello,

    Might be of interest:

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/i...ect/1506000110

    Col.
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    Hello Bob

    The "Quonset 40 x 100 ft Arched Rib Warehouse version was developed for use at "advance bases" (supply).

    Referred to as "Elephant Huts".

    Used 20 tons of steel and required 650 cubic feet of shipping space in cargo holds.

    11,800 produced during World War II.

    Source: Nissen and Quonset Huts by J. David Rogers, Ph.D., P.E.

    Regards

    Finn Buch
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    C.O.O = Chief Ordinance Officer

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