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    I'd be grateful if someone who has a copy of Sturtivant & Hamlin's "RAF Flying Training and Support Units" could advise as to the type of aircraft allocated to the RAF Communications Squadron/Flight (I think at Berck) in France in April 1918 (if there's an earlier reference to February 1918 that would be even better).

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    Brian

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    Hi Brian,

    the above mentioned book stated:

    (No1) Communication Squadron formed 23.7. 18 from No. 2 (Hendon) AAP Communications Flight as the Communication Squadron at Hendon with 4 DH4 A flight and 1 1/2 Strutter, 2 504K, 2 BE2c, 1 Scout D 1 DH9 and 1 DH9 B flight.

    Also few serials mentioned but I do not know from which period.

    Hope this helps a little

    Pavel

    P.S. Also I have no idea how looks like "1 1/2 Strutter" :-)
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    Many thanks Pavel - for a 1 1/2 Strutter go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sopwith_1%C2%BD_Strutter.

    Mmm - I was hoping for a reference to France and a RAF unit forming out of a RFC Communications Flight, but it looks as though I will have to think again.

    Thanks for taking the time to look.

    Brian

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    Just had a thought Pavel, is there any reference to a GHQ Communications Squadron?

    Brian

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    hello,

    May I join in the game ?

    Using the index name at the end of the above mentioned book, here are some possibilities for Berck-sur-Mer (quite local for me...)
    page 37 : doesn't correspond
    page 190 : Meteorological flight (meteor flight) : existed by 14 december 1918 under HQ 8th Brigade at Berck-sur-Mer ; 1 april 19 to 91st Wing ; 30 May 19 in transit, 5 june 19 Bickendorf ; 10 june 19 Berck-sur-Mer ; disbanded 3 september 19.
    aircraft : FK8 (E8834), DH9 (H4219) F2b (F4442) SE5a (F9125)
    page 227 : Headquarters RAF communications Squadron/flight. Formed 1 April 18 as Headquarters (later General Headquarters) RAF communications Squadron at Berck-sur-Mer by redesignating the Headquarters RFC communications Squadron 'advanced bases at Avesnes-le-Sec) ; November 18 relegated to Flight status ; 11 november 18 St André-au-Boix ; 12 november 18 Lechelle to Estourmel ; 19 december 18 Aulnoy ; 3 february 19 Berck-sur-Mer ; 14 may 19 Bickendorf ; disbanded 12 september 19.
    aircraft RE8 (C4583), Camel (F6198) F2b (E2403)
    page 229 : Headquarters Royal Flying Corps communication Flight / Squadron formed 17 august 17 as the Headquarters Royal Flying Corps communication Flight ; elevated to Squadron status by the time it became RAF communication Squadron at Berck-sur-Mer 1 April 18.
    aircraft : RE8, BE2, FK8.

    It think it should answers your query.

    Joss

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    Hi Brian, Joss was quicker this time, hope he answered all.

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    Many thanks gentlemen - page 229 is the one I was really after.

    Joss,

    If you are local would you like to see a photo of E8834 taking off from Berck - also and aerial photo of the airfield taken early Feb 1919? I think that particular aircraft was with Meteor at the start (5 Feb 1918 from my own researches), and remained with the unit until 26 May 1919

    Brian

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    hello Brian,

    Yes I'd be interested, even if my research period is WW2.

    You have my contact details in my profile (I'm not on aol anymore).

    cheers

    Joss

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