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    Default No 8403 AD Wing - Group attachment?

    Researching a Danish RCAF serviceman (ground) who was attached to No 8403 Air Disarmament Wing responsible for the disarmament of Luftwaffe in Denmark.

    Could someone tell me, if this unit was attached to No. 84 or No. 83 Group?

    It is not mentioned in Sturvivant's RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912.

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    Mikkel Plannthin
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    Hi Mikkel

    No 100% ceratin but I suggest the 84 in 8403 refers to 84 Group

    Malcolm

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    Thanks Malcolm
    Had the same thought, but also thought that it might be too obvious :-)

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    Hi Mikkel

    The June 1945 Confidential Air Force List does not list 8403 ADW but nearly all seem to be under the control of 84 Group as 83 Group had been disbanded by then. There were two under 2 Group numbered 2001 and 2002 which also fits the theory

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm
    83 Group disbanded on 21.4.1946 (according to Sturtivant), not in 1945, so that fact would not in itself proof the theory.

    By 1946, I believe, it is true that it was absorbed into No. 84 Group, but not before that date.

    I still find it a beautiful theory though, that 8403 would indicate 84 Wing. Corresponds with the fact that my man was posted to 84 Group HQ, then posted to No. 9 PDC and then to No. 8403 AD W.

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    Hi Mikkel

    On rechecking the CAFL, the staffing for 83 Group is still shown in June 1945 but no units are shown being allocated to it on the appropriate pages, the ADWs were: -

    No 2 Group - No 2001 and 2003 (not 2002 as I stated previously)
    No 84 Group - Nos 8301, 8302, 8401 and 8501

    Malcolm

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