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    Default Squadron Leader Stephen Hardy OC 264 Squadron

    If anyone can help, I am looking for a publishable photograph of Squadron Leader Stephen Hardy, who was the first commanding officer of 264 Squadron. If not, any leads as to where to obtain one would be gratefully received.

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    Andy,
    Malcolm’s excellent RAFWEB says Stephen Haistwell Hardy (onetime OC 264 Sqn) was Commandant of the Officer’s Advanced Training School at Cranwell on 14 Feb 44. This must have been just before he went Long Term Sick. Cranwell might have a photo in their archives of the first course (or similar) at the new school? If they have I don’t know how you extract it – but somebody might?
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    Hi Steve

    If you don't find one before, I'll make enquires during my next visit to Cranwell in September.

    Malcolm

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    Hi Andy,

    You need to contact the heritage centre at Cranwell.

    https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisat...ll/contact-us/

    crn-college-hq-heritageenquiries@mod.gov.uk

    I recently contacted them about getting a copy of a document. Whilst they were prepared to copy it I was told all third party names would be removed to comply with GDPR. Amazing a new regulation to protect an individual's data today can be used redact a 70+ year old document. Certainly doesn't make research any easier.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
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    Andys (et al)
    I don’t think that this sort of thing was what was intended by the GDPR legislation? I am growing deeply suspicious that a number of organisations (no names, no pack-drill) are using the GDPR legislation as an excuse to avoid answering legitimate requests. Then, when folk don’t make as many requests, the organisation(s) can say that ‘nobody is using the system’ and shut it down – thus saving staff. People are expensive!
    The way round this is to use Freedom Of Information (FOI) legislation, but that is time consuming, expensive, and there are a number of loopholes that the organisations can use to delay – or not answer.
    HTH (but I know it won’t!)
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    Peter, Andy and Malcolm,

    Thank you for your input and the suggestions. I will make a direct enquiry to see what I can come up with . And Malcolm, thank you for the kind offer, but I have a publishers deadline to meet which rules out September. But I do appreciate your most kind offer.

    Regards

    Andy

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    Hi Peter,

    Just to clarify the person I was in contact with at Cranwell was as exasperated with the situation as myself but they said it was "RAF Disclosures" that interpreted GDPR in such a way and mandated what should be redacted. As you say surely not how the legislation was intended to be used.

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    Andy Fletcher
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