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    Hi,
    Quick one, where was #11 Base, July 44 please.
    Tia......Alan.

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    Hi Alan,

    according to Sturtivant Ray, Hamlin John RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912 by Air-Britain, pg. 77

    No. 11 Base
    formed 1.7.43 in Lindholme, redesignated No. 71 Base 5.11.44.

    So I suppose still in Lindholme.
    Also another airfields + units which were controlled by the base mentioned if you are interested.

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    Pavel,
    Thanks for that, at this moment i'm only interested in 11 Base, as it's where a crew i'm interested in, was posted from, to 300sqdn.
    Regards.......Alan.

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    Hi Alan,

    no problem. But form my own experience I know that the Base was not so important as it was only a transit station for crews. More interesting will be one of its units - I suppose HCU - where they passed the last part of their training.

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    Hi Alan and Pavel

    A Base consisted (usually) of three stations, one Base HQ and two satellites, each commanded by a Gp Capt with an Air Commodore as the Base Commander. Each station was usually home to a single squadron so a Base was responsible for possibly three squadrons.

    The first number indicated the Group and the second the Base number within the Group and the first Base (11, 31, 41, 51, 61) in each group housed the HCUs, which was split between the two or three stations in the Base so someone at No 11 Base was not necessarily at Lindholme

    11 Base consisted of Lindholme (HQ), Blyton, Faldingworth and Sandtoft

    Malcolm

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    Hello Alan,
    Here is what I have found on www.rafweb.org.
    That concerns the units of 11 Base commanded by 1 Bomber Group in June 1944:

    Unit - Location/Address
    No 11 Base - Swinderby
    Station HQ - RAF Swinderby
    No 1656 (Heavy) Conversion Unit - RAF Lindholme
    No 1 Group Servicing Section RAF - Lindholme
    RAF Station Blyton
    No 1662 (Heavy) Conversion Unit - RAF Blyton
    RAF Station Sandtoft
    No 1667 (Heavy) Conversion Unit - RAF Blyton

    So it can be assumed that 11 Base was a kind of synonyme for one of the HCUs located in Blyton or Lindholme.

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    Just to correct Grexx

    No 11 Base was never at Swinderby that was No 51 Base.

    No 11 Base HQ - Lindholme (1656 HCU + 1 LFS) 1/7/43 - 5/11/44

    Base Satellites: -

    Blyton (1662 HCU) 1/7/43 - 5/11/44
    Faldingworth (1667 HCU) 1/7/43 - 16/12/43
    Sandtoft (1667 HCU) 10/12/43 - 5/11/44

    Transferred to No 7 Group, 5/11/44 and redesignated No 71 Base

    Malcolm (rafweb.org)

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