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    I've found a reference to no 10 British General Hospital in Karachi (which would fit with Mauripur) http://emeritus.ucalgary.ca/files/emeritus/rayl.pdf but can't ever recall my father saying he was ill, but then again he never spoke much about his time in the RAF, hence my current detective work. He was at 10 BGH for 5 months though according to the service record.

    I'll ask my mother to see if she has any old photo's I've got a couple (one with his colleague Bob Wilson and the other he's on his own). My fathers name was Stanley Stoddard and he left India (travelled by sea back to England) in April 1946 so may well have known Holmes. I'll let you know if I find any.

    Aessa could be something South Asia.

    Thanks again to you both.

    John

    Dates and results of detective work so far below:-

    2nd May 1944 2. RC (RAF Cardington)
    5th Aug 1944 AM (unit) - (Met training Kilburn)
    30th Sept 1944 Stn Tain
    22nd Dec 1944 I.P.P.C or could be I.P.D.C
    2nd Jan 1945 Aessa
    1st Feb 1945 SHQ Mauripur
    10th Nov 1945 10 British General Hospital?
    15th April 1946 Uk Home Establishment?
    April 1946 102 (PDC release) - (released from service via RAF Cardington)

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    John,

    Further thoughts looking at the dates and Googling:

    22 Dec 44 - Suggest that is 1 PDC (1 Personnel Despatch Centre) located at West Kirby (see http://www.raf-lichfield.co.uk/GroundUnits.htm)

    2 Jan 45 - Suggest Air Command Southeast Asia (ACSEA)

    I suggest the first date is the one on which he arrived at 1 PDC to wait for transport to India, and the second is the date his ship sailed for India and ACSEA. I don't know how long the journey would have taken, but the month to reach Mauripur seems about right.

    See also http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/burma-india/46373-please-decipher-hieroglyphics-my-fathers-ww2-record.html contributed by Ross of this forum.

    Brian

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    With a bit of imagination Aessa could be Acsea as you suggest (the handwriting was poor on the service record).

    I think I now have a very likely and comprehensive list of my fathers various posting right from initial training to demob and I really appreciate all you help. Mauripur sounds like it would have been a very busy airbase in 1945 with over a 100 flights per day.

    http://www.rafmauripur.org.uk/historical%20notes%201a.htm

    I just need to work out why he may have been in hospital in Karachi for a few months, although I suppose it wouldn't have been uncommon for servicemen to be ill in India.

    Thanks again

    John

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