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    Default Castel Benito in 1946

    Hi,

    Still doing research on Father In Law Reginald Maynard, an airgunner with 70 Sqn in 1945-6.
    I know that he was with 70 Sqn at Shallufa when the squadron disbanded on 31 March 1946. He was actually transferred to 22PTC Almaza (probably) on 30 March and then to Castel Benito where he remained from June 1946 till returning to UK in Feb 1947. Can anyone shed any light on flying ops and units at Castel Benito in that time? I can only find a reference to a detachment of 283 Sqn Vickers Warwicks at that time but I think many units passed through.

    He never mentioned flying in a Warwick.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Castel Benito in 1946

    Hi

    If he was posted to RAF Castel Benito as opposed to No 283 Sqn, he probably wasn't flying. Many aircrew were employed on ground duties after the end of hostilities as normal airmen, although they would continue to live in the Sergeant's Mess, but during the day they would wear an armband over their rank insignia, and act as AC1s or 2s.

    Malcolm

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    Default Re: Castel Benito in 1946

    Thanks. I suspected that may have been the case.

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