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    Hello all I hope someone maybe able to confirm something for me. I am looking into airmen born in Hull who joined up prior to and during WW2. I am presently adding information for those from 1939 and 1940, with the help from a service number document I got from this forum I am trying to decide if they enlisted in Hull. I have 2 addresses for enrolling centres in the town, one was an RAFVR recruitment centre till 1939, this then became a combined centre. Would I be correct in assuming that if a service number says for instance a Jan 1937 RAFVR pilot entrant that my airman is likely to have enlisted at the Hull centre for reservists. Would the only way to confirm this be with the airmanís service record?
    Thanks for any advice you can offer,
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    The Town Centre Scheme was in place in Hull in 1937, so this could have been his entry route. Ground training was centred around Newlands House, Beverley Road, with flying training at Brough Aerodrome.

    Is this one of the addresses that you have?

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    Hello Pete, thank you for the reply, yes that is the address I have found for RAFVR recruitment, I have also got information regards Brough and Grimsby as being ERFTS airfield prior to 1939. I have around 13 airman who all had same joining year service numbers from Hull so I was thinking that this was the starting route prior to call up for them. I also have 7 who it seems enlisted direct with RAF but Iím guessing possibly not in Hull as I canít find a recruitment office unless this other did the role.
    That is my next bit of research into where these 7 may have gone etc during their training. Thank you again for reply all information greatly received.
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    The other address I have is the Post Office Buildings, Jameson Street (which was the Combined Recruiting Centre). Do the service numbers fall within this range: 740000 to 759999 (759361) Jan 1937 RAFVR Pilots?

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    - 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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    Hello Pete, yes all of them are within that range of service number, I also found the combined office in Hull, it was in that location for a good number of years that I can remember, itís now located in a new block not to far away. I am hoping to visit the Hull history centre to see if I can get any further info.
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    Terry

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    Not sure if I can add much more ,,, assuming we are going down the correct entry route, I do have some articles on the Town Centre Scheme if they are of use

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    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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    Hello Pete, I do think we are on same route, the articles would be of great interest and use. I am just looking at those who appear to have joined direct, what I have noticed is their service numbers are in a block for civilian entrants in 1925, 1st airman 518807 Brown joined in 1935 and the second 548517 Greig joined in 1938. Obviously the block lasted till it was filled which judging by my 2nd airman that was longer than 13 years. Is there anyway of knowing the process ie did certain areas get a dedicated block from the main block of numbers, with no computers I am assuming that might be the case.
    Thank you for the help and patience, sorry for all the questions, once one is done the rest should be similar I guess.
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    Terry

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    Can you click on my user name and send me an e-mail so that I can send the articles to you

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    PeteT
    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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