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    I am researching the service of LAC Bent Knudsen (AUS133186) following the digitization of hos service record. He en lists on 20 April 1943. He is mustered as guard.
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/profiles.php?id=222

    From 1 June to 5 July 1943 he follows No 16 Special Guards Course. On 23 August 1943, he is assigned to Security Guards Unit. He holds this posting until 6 December 1944. My understanding is that this propably means means he was involved in the gound protection of RAAF installations.

    A Danish source states that he served as a rear gunner in the Pacific and briefly in a Japanese PoW camp. I cannot get this to correspond with either rank (have never seen a LAC gunner) or the units he has been posted to. Am I missing something?
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/units.php?person=222

    On 11 February 1946, he is posted to CCU (A), but only 14 days later he is posted to No. 2 Personal Depot, RAAF Bradfield Park, NSW, from where he is discharged on 28 February 1946. I am not sure about the CCU abbr. - it might be Central Control Unit, but could anyone help?

    Thanks in advance

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    His entry in the Nominal Roll states he was never a POW

    http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/veteran.asp?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=972070

    Name KNUDSEN, BENT
    Service Royal Australian Air Force
    Service Number 133186
    Date of Birth 8 Feb 1924
    Place of Birth COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
    Date of Enlistment 20 Apr 1943
    Locality on Enlistment LIVERPOOL
    Place of Enlistment SYDNEY, NSW
    Next of Kin KNUDSEN, THOR
    Date of Discharge 8 Mar 1946
    Rank Leading Aircraftman
    Posting at Discharge 5 OPERATIONAL TRAINING UNIT
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
    Prisoner of War No

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    Thanks Amrit, had forgotten the PoW information from the Nominall Roll.

    Regards

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    Hello Mikkel,

    You ask about CCU(A).

    Knudsen was posted to 5 OTU (a Beaufighter OTU, based at Williamtown, NSW), on 7-1-45. He would have served there as a guard. On 12-2-1946, a memorandum from the Department of Air notified 5 OTU would be renamed to a Crew Conversion Unit (Attack). Little else changed apart from the title. Knudsen moved on to 2 PD, and demob.

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    Thanks Col, that not only explains the abbreviation, but also puts the assignment into the right perspective.

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    Mikkel,

    You also ask about the Security Guards Unit. Read this:

    http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/raaf/raafsecurityguardunit.htm

    Should answer a lot of your questions

    To save you a long search, I must tell you I have never found an ORB for the SGU at the NAA. I believe the SGU records may have been incorporated into the ORB of No.1 Airfield Defence Squadron/No.2 Airfield Defence Squadron. (AWM64 20/1) - undigitised

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/ItemDetail.asp?M=0&B=638315

    Col.



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