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    Default RAF units with Advanced Air Striking Force

    Hi,

    In order to enlighten the units of AASF during 39/40 I am not able to identify these units.

    Who knows what they did :


    26 coy AMPC CRE North at Champigny
    29 AMPC at Epoye
    2 MCRE at Rilly la Montagne
    5 ASP at Vernezay
    RASC headquaters at Epernay

    Thanks in advance

    Bertrand

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    Hello,

    No.5 ASP = No.5 Air Stores Park, at VERZENAY, not VERNEZAY.

    4.39 planned to become part of the First Echelon, Advanced Air Striking Force; Formed 26..8.39 at ST.ATHAN; 16.9.39 embarked Southampton; 18.9.39 PUISAUX in Advanced Air Striking Force supplying No.75 Wing; 23.11.39 VERZENAY; 16.5.40 MERY-SUR-SEINE; 31.5.40 CHENNEGY;3.6.40 LA CHAPELLE EN CHERRIE, nr Vendome; 5.6.40 MESLAY; 14.6.40 LA COLLONNE; 16.6.40 embarked SS "Vienna" at Brest; 17.6.40 arr Plymouth, then to LOCKING; 6.44 [sic] HALTON; Disbanded 30.6.40.

    Air Stores Parks were formed to handle aircraft equipment and stores for front-line squadrons, often on a mobile basis. They sometimes operated near or alongside Repair and Storage Units. The numbering system also included Equipment Parks.

    See: FT&SU since 1912/Sturtivant/Air-Britain/2007.p.56.

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    Default Re: RAF units with Advanced Air Striking Force

    Hi Bertrand

    The other units are Army units

    26 and 29 Companies Royal Military Police Corps (RMPC not AMPC),

    RASC is Royal Army Service Corps

    CRE is Commander, Royal Engineers but can't find anything matching 2 M CRE. There were three CREs - North, East and South so could 2M be one of these?

    Source - SD161 (May 1940)

    Malcolm

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    With regard to Malcolm's comment above, Royal Military Police Corps is not correct. We did not gain the Royal prefix until 1946 and the abbreviation RMPC has never been used officially.

    AMPC is actually Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. In old money, these were Labour Battalions / Companies.

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    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    Hi Bertrand/Jonny

    My apologies and thanks Jonny for the correction. On re-checking SD161, the printing is very faint and I mistakenly read it as RMPC (which I thought was strange at the time) but can now see that it was AMPC.

    Malcolm

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    Default Re: RAF units with Advanced Air Striking Force

    Hi,

    Many thanks for your replies. Very helpful.

    I understand why I did not know as they are not frankly RAF....

    Of course it is VERZENAY and VERNEZAY (cross finger). We can add to this village the N4 Air Stores Park and N1 and 2 S. & T section (Servicing & T ?) on 07/03/1940.

    For Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps (AMPC) and/or Works labour then Commander Royal Engineers (CRE) they belong to which Army ?

    Bertrand

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    Default Re: RAF units with Advanced Air Striking Force

    Hi Bertrand

    They were British Army units but attached to HQ AASF

    Malcolm

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