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    I am hoping that someone can assist in deciphering an airmnan's record of service. I have made a guess after each abbreviation):

    RD Halton - 28/4/19 (Recruit Depot RAF Halton?)
    Depot H.C. - 16/8/19 (Depot Halton Camp?)
    S of TT H.C. - 27/1/23 (School of Technical Training Halton Camp?)
    2 Section - 4/2/26 (?)
    "T" Sqn - 28/2/26 (?)
    T Depot - 10/4/26 (?)
    S of P.T.(a) - 2/10/29 (School of Parachute Trg or Physical Training?)

    Any help given would be most gratefully received!

    Thanks in advance

    Jonny
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    Jonny, Hi,
    You can probably delete "School of Parachute Training" from 'S of P T'. A "PTS" (Parachute Training School") was invented/established in Dec 1941 at the same time as a "GTS" (Glider Training School). It's always been known (at least to me) since then as PTS.
    I'd bet a significant amount of your money on Physical Training being the answer!!
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    Do the transfers include locations? The School of Physical Training was at Uxbridge at this time

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    Peter, Amrit,

    Unfortunately I am working off a photocopy of my chap's original Service Record and it does not include locations. I have taken a look at Malcolm's excellent RAF Web site and School of Parachute Training (S of P.T.) resided at Halton between Aug/Sep - Nov 1920. I presume it moved somewhere else after that.

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    Jonny,
    We may be looking at two slightly different aproaches to parachuting!
    In WW1 where the aircrew were given parachutes I suspect that not all of 'em actually knew how to use 'em! - thus a Training School?!! I..e "how to get out of this burning piece of stick/string"!!!
    In WW2 the lot that pitched up at Ringway (and Tatton Park), etc, were the forerunners of the Parachute Regt (D-Day, Arnhem, Rhine, etc). Whilst I understand the publications of many Experts, I have the original carbon copies of the 38 Grp (Met Office) WW2 After Action Report. Like most ground-breaking exploits they made it up as they went along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Hi Jonny

    The School of PT at Halton in 1919/20 was the School of Physical Training not Parachute Training.

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    Malcolm,

    Thank you for the clarification. As a small aside, your site only lists the School of Parachute Trg for that time frame.

    Would you have any idea about "T Depot" or "T Sqn"?

    Rgds

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    Hi Jonny

    My mistake, it was the School of Parachute Training which formed at Halton in 1920 which was probably taken over by the Parachute Training Section at Northolt in 1921, renamed Parachute Training School in 1925, moving to Henlow in 1926. However, the parachuting carried out was from platforms on the wings of Vimys.

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