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    A simple question (I hope) - what Command would 1674 HCU have come under? I know it was training crews for Coastal Command operations, but does that necessarily mean it came under the CC umbrella.

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    Hi Brian

    No. 17 Group at Aldergrove

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    So simple - thank you Eddie.

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    Brian,
    Are you building up a story of 1674, or just a one off?
    I ask, as I would like to know more of their exploits as one of our village casualties was with them when he crashed, i.e. Sgt R. L. Dixon, 23 Oct '44.
    I've got the station history from rafweb.org/Stations but not much else, along with my earlier post of 30 Apr 07 to which you contributed.
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    For my part it is just a one-off Stewart, but I do have a brief history of 1674 HCU researched and written by David Elliott, a metman whose father apparently flew with the unit (I suspect that means he converted with the unit). References to accidents are very brief and the way they are written makes me think they are the basic details extracted from the ORB.

    For October 1944 he writes

    "The 23rd saw Halifax JB963, captained by instructor F/L D Evans crash into the ground near Dundesert Bridge whilst on approach to Aldergrove during a flying exercise, killing all on board. The other crew members were F/O Gillis RCAF, F/S J H Saunders and Sgt R L Dixon."

    I have a photograph of a memorial to the crew, courtesy of Fletch, and that states the accident occurred during an 'emergency' approach.

    I can scan the article if you wish - it's 5 pages of A4 - and email it. Since Gillis was RCAF you might get a copy of the COI from the Canadians.

    Brian
    Last edited by Lyffe; 11th October 2008 at 05:58. Reason: Typo

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    Hi,

    You can get more info on 1674HCU in the book 'Ours To Hold' published by Old Forge Publishing.

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    Thanks Tom - from the description on the Internet your book looks a must for metmen, I'll put it on my Christmas wish list.

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    Thanks Tom. The book is on order.

    Brian, I have the ORB extract for the day and maps of the area supplied very kindly by the local Crumlin library. I would appreciate the photo of the memorial which I don't think his surviving brother is aware of. Who/how did it get there? His brother and I place an RBL cross on Dixon's grave each Armistice Sunday. Would appreciate the scanned article to bigDOTmakkATvirginDOTnet (usual corrections).
    What's the best way of finding which squadron he was on detachment from whilst at 1674?
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    Last edited by Stewart McLoughlin; 18th October 2008 at 00:33.

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    Hi Stewart

    If he was in training at the HCU then he would not belong to a Squadron. He would have been posted to a Squadron upon completion of his training.

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    Right!
    I was thinking of it the other way around in that he was already at a squadron and was going on a specialisation course after service elsewhere. Different perspective now and different avenue to follow.
    If this was his first course then, after initial induction, where would he have earned his sergeant's stripes, on appointment to the course or elsewhere?
    Many thanks Eddie.
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    Last edited by Stewart McLoughlin; 15th October 2008 at 12:13.

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