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    Dear All,
    A colleague of mine has a copy of his late father in law's RAF service record. He would like to find out where his service took him on his travels, all he knows is that he served in Italy and N.Africa. My colleague thinks his father in law was a fitter of some kind, possibly on armanents. Postings and dates on the record are:

    2 RC, 7.4.42 (Reception Centre??)
    11 RC, 9.4.42
    10 SOTT, 3.12.42
    5 PDC, 30.6.43
    L.WAA7, 18.7.43
    1 BBD, 28.7.43
    156 MU, 9.10.43
    30 MFH, 12.10.44
    HE,
    9 PDC,
    24 MU, 24.7.46
    100 PDC, 15.10.46 (Release)

    Do any experts out there know what the abbreviations mean, and where the locations were.

    Thanks in advance,

    Robert

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    Hi Robert,

    at least some:

    2 Reception Centre
    11 Reception Centre
    10 School of Technical Training
    5 Personnel Despatch Centre
    156 Maintenance Unit - Blida, N. Africa
    9 Personnel Despatch Centre - Blckpool or Heaton Park, UK
    24 Maintenance Unit - Stoke Heath - around RAF Ternhill, UK
    100 Personnel Dispersal Centre - RAF Uxbridge, UK

    Hope this helps

    Pavel
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    Pavel,
    Many thanks for your speedy reply.

    Robert

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    hello,

    MFH should stand for Military Field Hospital, unless there's another meaning.

    HE for Home Establishment, explained in another recent thread on a similar subject.

    Was the airman wounded, or ill, at one time ?

    Joss

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    Robert,

    L.WAA7, 18.7.43 - possibly NWAAF (Northwest African Air Force) headquartered in Algeria at the time

    1 BBD, 28.7.43 - possibly 1BPD (No.1 Base Personnel Depot) at Fort de L'Eau, Algeria, though not officially formed there until 1 Aug 43.

    Errol

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    Hi Robert

    A few more

    I would suggest that 2RC is 2 Recruits Centre, Cardington and then No. 11 Recruits Centre, Skegness.

    No. 10 School of Technical Training provided courses for Flight Mechanics and Flight Riggers and was based at Kirkham

    No. 5 PDC was at Heaton Park which seems to have been the main centre for airmen proceeding overseas

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    Many thanks to Joss, Errol and Eddie.

    Joss, there are 2 entries for 30 MFH, one has ADM in front, the other has DIS in front, so you are correct, it looks like a hospital admission.

    Errol, entry on closer look could be l.WAA7, (lower case L), but 7 is continental 7. I suppose person entering could have written F back to front, as 7 in date is not continental, so it looks like WAAF is correct. As for No1 BBD, this is definately BBD, but has (A.R.P.) written after it. Any clues? I suppose the person writing the entry may have got carried away and written 2 B's.

    Best wishes,
    Robert.

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    Robert,

    Given the North African linking of NWAAF, BSD and the MU, I'd go with these interpretations of the record you have, which in itself may have been (incorrectly?) copied from another. Postings cards, sheets or records were frequently copied multiple times by hand, sometimes typed, from one to another, resulting in frequent transcription errors and contradictory data.

    Errol

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    Errol,
    Thanks for your comments. I think you're spot on. We'll go with what we have then.

    All the best,
    Robert

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    Pavel,
    In your reply to my question you stated that 156MU was located at Blida, N.Africa. Do you know if they had a detachment in Italy. I ask because my colleauge has his late father in law's service release book. It states he was awarded the Italy Star, with no mention of the Africa Star which you would expect if he served in N.Africa. He also has photographs that were taken in Italy. Any thoughts on this? Does anyone else have any thoughts. Also, does anyone know where 30 Military Field Hospital was located?
    Thanks in advance,
    Robert.

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