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    I note that a large number of 35 Squadron personnel were posted in from (or out to) RAF Bottesford in early / mid 1945 .... does anyone know if there was a particular reason for postings to this station?

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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,
    Willis & Holliss note (c. 1 Dec 44) that Bottesford had 50 heavy bomber hardstandings. It had 9xT2, and 1xB1 hangars. There were 2481 pers there (2060 male, 421 female). But the ‘Accommodation’ is given as ‘Temporary’. Now this could range from Tents, to Nissen/Seco Huts (some WW2 Nissen/Seco huts were still in use on operational airfields until quite recently!). Messes/Kitchens might have been temporary 'breeze-block' (or similar) construction?
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    Was it planned for 35 Sqn to join Tiger Force? At the end of the War Bottesford was home to 1668 HCU and it seems there was a big emphasis on fighter affiliation training...?

    Steve

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    Hi Pete

    From 5 Group ORBs it would seem that a lot of movements took place to and from units during this period whilst sorting out the composition of Tiger Force units.

    Personnel were posted out as being unfit for service in the Far East, too close to the end of their tour, earmarked for repatriation and lacking in experience/ability and were replaced by personnel from elsewhere.

    Happy New Year

    Malcolm

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    Steve,
    Don't know. The numbers (personnel, a/c, eqpt, etc) are difficult enough! But the WHY is always the trickiest of the lot!! Suppose a 'middle-level' officer at Group had a 'bright idea'. It was processed through the various 'rumour-mills' until the AOC (or similar) quashed it. Still goes on as far as I know?
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    The question regarding 35 Squadron's involvement in Tiger Force is interesting, as the official history of the squadron suggests it was .... but there is no evidence that I can find to support this.

    My research notes show the following: https://35squadron.wordpress.com/201...1/tiger-force/
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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