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    Default Abbreviation: A.M.W.T., Dunstable, Beds. ?

    Researching the Danish - or at least born in London by Danish parents - RAF ground staff LAC John G R Elbo (1213104, RAFVR) I have come across the abbreviation A.M.W.T.

    He is listed in a letter in December 1942 with the address/posting "A.M.W.T, Dunstable, Beds." From another source I know that he was chiefly engaged in intelligence work using his linguistic abilities, cf. http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/profiles.php?id=23

    Would anyone know this abbreviation?

    "A.M." = Air Ministry ?
    "W.T." = Wireless Telephony / Wireless Training ??

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    Mikkel,
    You are probably talking about Air Ministry Wireless Telegraphy station Dunstable. In which case it is almost certainly concerned with Meteorology! Lyffe (on this Forum) will be after you in a flash because he is writing a history of such happenings.
    HTH
    Peter Davies

    PS Very early in my Met career I did a few months at the Central Forecast Office (CFO) Dunstable. We were in the very same Seco hut buildings that were used by the WW2 Forecasters! They swayed about in a high wind!!!
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    Not me Peter - I've other things on my plate!

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    Peter
    Thank you also on board. Well I ment "telegraphy" and not "telephony" in my first message, so I guess I came close.

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    Mikkel,
    Just a small point, but W/T is ALWAYS Wireless Telegraphy; the only TELEPHONY you may come across in abbreviated form is R/T = Radio Telephony (reception or transmission of human speech). Wireless Telegraphy (W/T) is reception or transmission of Morse code (or any other type of code for that matter), and the name itself comes from the earlier technology of the original electric telegraph, which sent Morse along wires, across continents and around the world. The wireless version transmitted the signals through "the ether", thus the "wireless" prefix.
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    David
    Thank you for clarifying.

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    Mikkel
    Is this a relative? If so then you might want to get his service records. Costs 30 but I gather a photocopy (not a transcription) is worth it....
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    Dee
    No he is not a relative, so I guess this will be out of the question for some years to come.

    I am not a relative to any of "my" Danish airmen, but in the cases where I locate next of kin I try to convince them that it may be worth while to ask for a photocopy.

    In many cases they have no information on the war service of their relative.

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    Just a small point. Dunstable was a W/T receive station. It received a number of meteorological observations and forecasts from a number of sources (both during, and after, WW2). For a short (formative!) period I worked there in the same WW2 Seco huts. You could "feel" the WW2 'ghosts' on a night-shift!! There was also a Dunstable transmit station which broadcast various meteorological informations. The transmitters were located at Stanbridge near Leighton Buzzard.
    HTH
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