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    Hi All

    Has anyone got the records for No 5 (Middle East) Aircraft Repair Unit which was based at RAF Fayid between 30th Aug 1942 and 11th May 1943? I am looking for W1169 which may have arrived there between 09-11-42 and departed by 06-03-43.

    She was based at RAF Fayid with RAAF 462 squadron so I think she would have gone there for an overhaul during this period.

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    Default Re: No 5 (Middle East) Aircraft Repair Unit

    All that is shown in AB's W1000 - Z9999 is -
    SOC 1.3.44.
    So what was its service between '42 and '44 ?

    OK, so a quick search of 462's ORB shows her in service with the Squadron in September 42, still as "S".

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8405836
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    She was RAF 76 brand new then RAAF 462 when it formed in the Middle East, she is the first aircraft in their ORB. She carried out 2 tours totalling 50 ops before being scrapped Sept/Oct 43, 1-3-44 is when RAAF 462 disbanded (later to reform at Driffield) Nov 42 she disappears for several months and looking for proof she was off having major overhaul at a MU, which is almost certainly what was happening. She was christened S for sugar by RAF 76 in June 42 and kept it all her life.
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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 24th September 2021 at 18:37.

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    Wow, that is a great page Col, are there more ?

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    76 Sqn ORB, 10th July 1942 still as "S". Carried 3 passengers.

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8453978
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    Default Re: No 5 (Middle East) Aircraft Repair Unit

    Alex,

    Are there more, you ask: yep, a great many.
    I hope Col won't mind me adding to his reply.

    The 466 & 462 Sqn site
    I just opened the W1169 S page link in my browser, and finding no Home button, simply trimmed the displayed address until I got here:
    http://466and462squadrons.com
    As you can see, very detailed pages of Aircraft and aircrew losses and sorties, for both Squadrons, with a good many aircrew photos: simply click on the Halifax images to open them.
    A considerable achievement, still maintained, the owner gives a contact email but no name I could spot


    The 462 Squadron site

    https://462squadron.com/index.htm
    Again, a very considerable achievement by EM Hibberd and his [sic: her] many contributors, quite frequently updated...
    It's a shame he's been so rattled by misuse of his site's text and images that in recent updates he made the decision to take down all images, as he explains in the updates for 6 June and 6 May here:
    https://462squadron.com/pages/latest_news.html

    This sort of repeated abuse/misuse of a careful website is the bane of authors/owners, I fear. It can be quite dispiriting to deal with. The reaction of offenders often follows a common path: feigned ignorance, indignation, patronising bluster, insult and delay...until the case is ultimately resolved by one or more of the several means available to patient, determined authors.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 25th September 2021 at 00:51.
    Toujours propos

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    Default Re: No 5 (Middle East) Aircraft Repair Unit

    Don,

    EM Hibberd is a Ms. A very knowledgeable researcher indeed.

    Regards,

    Dave
    Last edited by alieneyes; 25th September 2021 at 17:28. Reason: misspelled surname

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    Hello,

    Rob (Welshbob), has already been given a lot of help in his quest. A glance at the following will indicate how much information has been imparted:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...t-Code-letters

    and ...

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...pictures/page2

    Here is a summary of the life, and career, of Rob's uncle, 572611 John Hewson THOMAS (56656) RAF:

    http://466and462squadrons.com/CrewOps/ThomasJH.html

    Col.
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    Hi

    These are both great sites, I know them both and the site owners. I have supplied both of them lots of info and photos over the years. Alas the info I am seeking this time is rare and probably doesn't exist but as the saying goes, if you don't ask you don't get lol



    http://466and462squadrons.com is a great website and I know the owner well.

    https://462squadron.com/index.htm is also a great site and I have supplied her some of the photos she is referring to. She was instrumental in me making contact with one of W1169s crew families who is today a great friend.

    I agree it is a bane of authors/owners and one reason I do not create a site myself for my findings on my uncles life.

    I agree, she is great and very helpful.
    Last edited by Jagan; 25th September 2021 at 17:38.

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