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    Default Hawkinge RAF Regt Sqn

    Does anyone know if there was a RAF Regt Sqn at Hawkinge in the latter stages of WW2? If so (and rafweb has no indication) does anyone know it's number and movement history.
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    Peter,

    If no-one has the answer you might find a clue in

    AIR 16/444 Order of Battle - RAF Regiment (1943-1945)
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    AIR55/245 RAF regiment - Weekly operational summaries (1945)

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    hello,

    There's a Battle of Britain museum at Hawkinge, why not contact and ask them ?

    Joss

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    The following were based there. All from rafweb:

    2707 Squadron

    Formed as No 707 Squadron at Ballykelly on 19 December 1941, having been unnumbered from the previous April. On 1 February 1942 all RAF Regiment Squadrons had 2000 added to their numbers. The squadron converted to the Light Anti Aircraft role in May 1943 and later moved to Hawkinge (Gravesend) and West Mailing (Lympne) during 1944 as well as taking part in anti-Diver operations. The squadron disbanded in October 1945.

    2709 Squadron

    Formed as No 709 Squadron at Henlow on 19 December 1941, having been unnumbered from the previous April. On 1 February 1942 all RAF Regiment Squadrons had 2000 added to their numbers. Moving to Biggin Hill in 1942, it converted to the Light Anti Aircraft role in May 1943 and moved again, to Tangmere in 1944, during which period took part in anti-Diver operations. It also served at Detling and Hawkinge. The squadron disbanded at Folkingham in October 1945.

    2733 Squadron

    Formed as No 733 Squadron at Benson on 19 December 1941, having been unnumbered from the previous April. On 1 February 1942 all RAF Regiment Squadrons had 2000 added to their numbers. Moving to Manston in 1943, it converted to the Light Anti Aircraft role in May. During the anti-Diver operations of 1944 it was based at Hawkinge. The squadron disbanded in April 1945.

    2799 Squadron

    Formed as No 799 Squadron at Grangemouth on 19 December 1941, having been unnumbered from the previous April. On 1 February 1942 all RAF Regiment Squadrons had 2000 added to their numbers. It moved to the RAF Depot in 1942 and converted to the Light Anti Aircraft role in May 1943, disbanding in October 1945. During the anti-Diver operations of 1944 it was based at Hawkinge.

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    Hi Peter
    A quick trawl through the RAF Regt Sqns on rafweb shows that several served at Hawkinge,but very few firm dates. The main reason was Anti Diver defence in 1944. Sample Nos are 2707,2709,2733 and 2799 all of which have Hawkinge in the narrative.
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    Hi All,
    Mni tks yr replies. I think I've nailed him but I still need his Svc No. But we'll attack that problem from the other end. Tks again.
    Peter
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