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    Hello again,

    Could someone possible tell me where 2742 Reg would have been based during March 1945?

    I have one casualty by the name of F/S Archie Winston Arundel who was killed on 5/3/45 and is buried in Choloy War Cemetery.

    Just wondering under which circumstance he lost his life. I have a few other RAF Regiment deaths to sort out so I thought I would start with this gentlemen first.

    Kindest Regards.

    Steve.

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    Hi Steve
    The date is difficult to tie down but 2742 Sqn was an Armoured Car Unit operating with 2nd TAF in Europe from Nov '44. In Jan 45 it was based at Evere an Airfield in the NE Suburbs of Brussels, and from there moved into Germany to be based at Remagen and then Bonn but I don't have the Dates. The RAF Regiment was for Airfield Defence so an Armoured Car Unit would most likely have patrolled the perimeter and environs of whatever Airfield they were on.Moving up with 2nd TAF they could have been close to the front line and vulnerable to Air Raid , Ground Troops or Artillery
    Choloy Cemetery was used by CWGC as a collection place for isolated graves and small numbers of graves around NE France and ,presumably Belgium.
    The brief Sqn details come from http://www.rafweb.org/Regiment2.htm, which you might find useful if you have further RAF Regt people to investigate
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    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 14th October 2008 at 17:17.

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    Hello Dick,

    Thanks for your response and as a result for now I will put his loss as Northern France-Belgium area. So if more informaton is found then I can amend my records to the correct entry.

    Were there a lot of Armoured Car units involved with the RAF Regiment at the time of 1944/45 or were they mainly anti-aircraft and rifle Regiments?

    Appreciated, Cheers.

    Regards.

    Steve.

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    Hi Steve
    I don't how the RAF Regt. operated but they seem to have been largely Anti-Aircraft. This may have been mainly in Europe,because they were also present in the Middle East and Burma and they were given Infantry training. Armoured Cars would have been useful in the Desert and would have made them mobile almost anywhere. A Google search may throw up more leads
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    Hi Guys

    My Dad was RAFR in 2804 Squadron originally and then 2777. There were three types of Squadron after 1943; Anti-aircraft, Rifle and Armoured Car. The Rifle Squadrons were basically infantry unit. Armoured Car squadrons operated as mobile airfield defence, recce and escort duties. In my Dad's case these included escorting scientists to actual or suspected V1 or V2 sites

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    Hi
    Just to let you know that there is a RAF Regiment Museum based at RAF Honington. They have an archive which may have the 2742 Squadron's F540. It might be worth contacting them by post.

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