Help understanding my Grand Father's RAF service record

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  1. Kristian Holford

    Kristian Holford New Member

    Hi all,

    I've been trying to understand what exactly my grand father was doing during the Second World War. He spent some time in the Far East with the RAF but I have no real details. From what I'm aware he was some form of airfield defense guard, however, I was hoping this service record would clarify what he was doing and where. Unfortunately I really can't work out what most of this means, is anyone able to clarify or explain all the abbreviations?

    I thought I'd enlist the help of the experts as I really am lost :sleep:

    Thanks

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  2. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Hi Kristian

    GCI = Ground Control Interept (a Radar Station)
    PDC = Personnel Despatch Centre
    AHQ = Air Headquarters
    RC = Recruiting Centre

    15 Group was part of Coastal Command
    RAFCommands :: Old Forum Archive
    Groups 10-19_U

    Aldergrove is near Belfast, Northern Ireland
    North Coates is in Lincolnshire
    Milltown is in Morayshire, Scotland
    One could be either "Station Iceland" or "Station Ireland"
    MSU will more than likely be Mobile Signals Unit

    Joined up as a [Admin] Clerk
    Retrained to Fighter Plotter in 1944 (my old job in RAF) and promoted to Leading Aircraftsman.

    Lots of useful stuff here about ww2 Air Defence Systems.
    index

    If I spot any more I'll add them in bold.

    Hope this helps

    Gus
     
  3. Kristian Holford

    Kristian Holford New Member

    Fantastic! Such useful information already Gus, I couldn't be more grateful :)

    Next to clerk it says S.D? I believe that means special duties, do you know what kind of duties that would mean?
     
  4. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    SD could be Special Duties but no idea on context. There are many RAF buffs on this forum so they should have the answers.

    Gus
     
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    RAF service records are not my area but -

    Clerk SD - shows the date he joined [14.10.41] I wouldn't think he would have been assigned Special Duties on his first day ??

    I read it as Station Iceland

    TD
     
  6. RAFCommands

    RAFCommands Senior Member

    Two basic types of Clerk in the RAF

    Clerk/SD
    Clerk Special Duties - authorised to handle confidential information and files - clearance levels above this depended on location

    Clerk/GD
    Clerk General Duties - authorised for all non classified infomation and files.

    Usually signals related bods were SD.

    This is mirrored in the Officer Branch SD were it was usually Codes/Cyphers and Adjutant retreads tasking.

    Ross
     
  7. Kristian Holford

    Kristian Holford New Member

    Thanks for all the information chaps, it's awesome to finally get some kind of picture as to where he was and what he was doing.

    I really want to find out who he was with in the Far East and by the looks of things that might have been just in 1945. I've also tried googling 154 Wing HQ but can't find any information on the matter.
     
  8. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Hi

    Whilst the Army kept "War Diaries (WDs)", the RAF kept "Operations Record Books (ORBs)".

    Every operational flying squadron's ORBs is available online through The National Archives (TNA).

    Unfortunately most RAF Stations, wings, groups and commands and RAF Regiment ORBs are not yet available online.

    You can still Search for them using the TNA Discovery search engine and see what comes up. Its a bit hit and miss I am afraid so you might have to try a few times.

    Here are the two ORBs for 154 Wing ORB. AIR 26/221 and AIR 26/222.

    Appendices | The National Archives

    Operations record book | The National Archives

    If you want to see these you will either have to visit Kew yourslf or ask one of the many chaps on the forum who will copy them for you at a significantly better cost than TNA.

    Some light reading on history of RAF in WW2.


    Hope this helps

    Gus
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2018
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    These at TNA might be part of the paper trail

    Subseries within AIR 26 - No. 154 (GENERAL RECONNAISSANCE) WING

    Operations record book | The National Archives
    Reference: AIR 26/221
    Description:
    Operations record book
    Date: 1944 May- Sept
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: IIM/C 154/1

    Appendices | The National Archives
    Reference: AIR 26/222
    Description:
    Appendices
    Date: 1944 May- Sept
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: IIM/C 154/1A

    TD
     
  10. Kristian Holford

    Kristian Holford New Member

    Thanks guys, it's amazing to be part of such a great community full of knowledge. You guys have been incredibly helpful ;)
     

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