Hi Shell, It's curious you should mention the 4th Airborne Division which was created as a deception formation in March of 1943. What's even more curious is the real 4th Brigade was assigned to it for a short time until being taken on by the 1st Airborne in June of 1943. See this Wikipedia page: British deception formations in World War II Also check out this page at ParaData to see if it applies: HQ 4th Parachute Brigade As an aside my Mother also maintains she attempted a crossing of the the English Channel by swimming but was was defeated by jellyfish stings. I have yet to find any documentation recording the event. Regards ... Chuck Hi Chuck - will check out the links you suggested. Looking at the records I am assuming that it is 4 Division as on form B200b it is noted as "to H Q 4 Airborne Div" and on the service and casualty form it says "Posted to H.Q. 4 Airborne Div" The more I hear, the more I think I will never get to the bottom of what really happened! I questioned for a moment, first because I find these forms quite confusing and secondly, I thought that 11 battalion was in the 4th Brigade. In these matters I am trying quite hard not to be 'a bear of little brain'! I hope to scan his records soon and put them in an album on my profile. Thanks for your help.