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    Default RAF Station Duxford in June 1941

    Hi all, I am interested in following information about RAF Station Duxford in June 1941:

    1. who was the station CO? Malcom has on his website "Wg Cdr A B Woodhall" for this period but without any particular dates.
    2. which two squadrons were based there? i know one was our 310 Sq but I am not able to identify the second one.

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    Pavel
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    Default Re: RAF Station Duxford in June 1941

    Hi Pavel
    According to RAF Unit Histories,although I note there is a question mark about the 'To' date...
    https://www.unithistories.com/office...icers_W01.html


    03.1940 to 04.1941?
    Commanding Officer, RAF Duxford [08.1940 reported as radar controller, Duxford Sector (Kent), No. 12 Group, Fighter Command, RAF]

    Then 28.04.1941 to 01.1942
    Commanding Officer, RAF Tangmere

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    Many thanks so Woodhall is not my man.
    Any other candidates pls?

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    Default Re: RAF Station Duxford in June 1941

    Have you checked Woodhall's book?
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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    Default Re: RAF Station Duxford in June 1941

    Hello,

    Commanding Officers of RAF Duxford.

    Wing Commander Alfred Basil WOODHALL OBE - 21 March 1940 - 27 March 1941
    Group Captain Gordon Herbert VASSE - 28 March 1941 - 30 June 1941*
    Group Captain Arthur William Baynes McDONALD AFC - 1 July 1941 - 11 February 1942**

    See:
    RAF Duxford A History in Photographs From 1917 to the present.
    Smith,Richard C
    London:Grub Street,2006.
    p.9

    *
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Herbert_Vasse
    https://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Vasse.htm

    **
    https://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/McDonald_AWB.htm

    The following units were in situ at Duxford during June, 1941:

    Air Fighting Development Unit - 16 December 1940 - 25 March 1943
    Air Gun Mounting Establishment - 30 December 1940 - 23 November 1941
    56 Squadron - 26 June 1941 - 30 March 1942
    310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron - 10 July 1940 - 26 June 1941
    787 Squadron FAA (att. AFDU) - 18 June 1941 - 25 March 1943

    Col.
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    Default Re: RAF Station Duxford in June 1941

    Franek, thank you for pinting out! I had no knowledge he has written a book!
    Colin - thank you very much for your complex answer!

    So G/Cpt Vasse is my man.

    The reason why I was asking about the squadrons is that I have seen a letter by Duxford CO dated 10.6.1941 where he stated "both Squadrons at this station" but only 310 Sq fit into this date...

    Anyway thank you both once more

    Pavel
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