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    RAF Faldingworth has a memorial dedicated to members of the Polish Air Force. Part of the commemoration reads "1667 HCU RAF 1943".

    Forgive my ignorance but what does HCU stand for?

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    Heavy Conversion Unit, a training unit used to convert crew onto the larger four engined bomber types after training on Ansons and the like.

    this must be the memorial you refer to?
    http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/faldingworth/faldingworthmemorial01.htm

    And a potted history of the unit:
    http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/1667hcu/1667hcu.htm
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonym View Post
    RAF Faldingworth has a memorial dedicated to members of the Polish Air Force. Part of the commemoration reads "1667 HCU RAF 1943".

    Forgive my ignorance but what does HCU stand for?

    Tony
    Hi Tony

    it means "Heavy Conversion Unit" whereby the crews train on the bomber type (Lancaster/Halifax/Stirling) which they would take into action - in this case A Halifax HCU.

    see
    http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/hrp/hrp_detail&media_id=1294 and also http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/72/a2974872.shtml

    hope it helps

    cheers

    Allan
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    Dennis / Allan

    Thanks chaps - Simple really isn't it

    Tony

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