359 battery, 109th LAA 1942-47
Posted 07 January 2012 - 04:19 PM
Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:00 PM
There are war diaries for the 109 LAA at the National Archives at Kew.
I believe these to be the references:
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WO 166/7695, 109 Regt. (1942 Jan.- Dec.)
WO 166/11729, 109 Regt. (1943 Jan.-Dec.)
WO 171/1128, 109 Regt. (1944 Jan.- Dec.)
WO 171/4954, 109 Regt. (1945 Jan.- Dec.)
WO 171/9122, 109 L.A.A. Regt. (1946 Jan.- Mar.)
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:03 PM
The unit did have war diaries for those years and they can be viewed at the National Archives at Kew. I know these are the reference numbers:-
1942 - WO166/7695 (UK)
1943 - WO166/11729 (UK)
1944 - WO171/1128 (North West Europe)
1945 - WO171/4954 (North West Europe)
1946 - WO171/9122 (North West Europe) Jan to March (Disbanded Mar 1946)
There is also a war diary for 359 LAA Battery covering Jun to August 1944 in North West Europe. WO171/1185.
You mention the period up to 1947. Only your Father's service record would confirm where else he served after the unit disbanded.
Hope that helps.
Regards - Rob
Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:26 AM
The war dairies will give exact locations but can help post May 45 for general locations in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein the 109th (Royal Sussex Regiment) Anti Aircraft Regiment RA (TA) were part of 106th Anti Aircraft Brigade command 2nd Army transferred to 8th Corps in May 45 to Neuengamme south east of Hamburg the brigade then moved to Ratzeburg south of Lübeck later in May then back to Hamburg Jun 45 until Oct 45 when authority was given for disbandment…source 8th Corps District war diaries…clearly the regiment and brigade was reprieved and disbanded in Mar 46 but the regiment could have moved elsewhere as not on the list of units for the brigade in Mar 46 when 6th Guards Brigade moved from the Rheinland to take over the area responsibility in Hamburg...hope this helps
Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:59 AM
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