RAF Units in India

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by ranville, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. ranville

    ranville Senior Member

    I wonder if anyone can help----A relative of mine died recently and all i know about his WW2 service is that he was in the RAF[ground crew] based in India 1941-1945.I've tried looking on th'net but had no joy.Can anyone tell me what squadrons were based in India during this period?
    Thanks
     
  2. nicks

    nicks Very Senior Member Patron

  3. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Just looked on the net and only thing I came across was on Wiki it looks like you want the Raf Third Tactical Air force regards, Jason
     
  4. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    A bit like what Nicks said in his post really:lol:
     
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  5. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

  6. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    This may confuse you further however there we 60 Aussie lads buried in India and their listed "Posting at Death" shows these squadrons etc.

    "Some" are RAAF squadrons but mostly RAF.

    11sq
    22 Ferry Control
    27sq
    28sq
    30sq
    31sq
    34sq
    43sq
    45sq
    60sq
    62sq
    70sq
    79sq
    82sq
    96sq
    98sq
    99sq
    110sq
    135sq
    146sq
    155sq
    1572 Gunnery High
    159sq
    194sq
    215sq
    227 Group
    3 RFU Poona
    3 Tactical
    308 M Unit 21 Ferry Control
    353sq
    355sq
    357sq
    358sq
    615sq
    SAC Station Poona
    HQ UACSEA

    This will either help or hinder.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  7. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

  8. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    Hi Ranville - trying to help, but a few more details from you might help. What is your relative's full name? Date of birth, where born etc. Someone might get lucky in one of the available unit histories.

    Do you know if he served for the entire period of 1941-45 in the far east or if he spent some time during the war period over there (not the whole time)??

    cheers


    Dave
     
  9. ranville

    ranville Senior Member

    Hi Ranville - trying to help, but a few more details from you might help. What is your relative's full name? Date of birth, where born etc. Someone might get lucky in one of the available unit histories.

    Do you know if he served for the entire period of 1941-45 in the far east or if he spent some time during the war period over there (not the whole time)??----

    cheers


    Dave
    Thanks Dave and EVERYONE who has replied---Certainly given me stuff to work on. His name was ernest francis mullings---born in London in 1920 and i'm pretty sure he was in the far east for the duration of the war.[though it could have been 42-45]
    Thanks again everyone!
     
  10. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    Thanks Ranville - I hope that something turns up.

    This doesn't help you, but here is an example of the sort of random stuff that turns up in Australian files -

    Burma. 1945-03-22. After visiting Mandalay, the Supreme Allied Commander Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, visited a forward RAF airstrip to congratulate pilots and ground crews on the capture of Mandalay. Here he is shaking hands and chatting to an RAF fitter, Aircraftman V. O'Connor of Manchester.
     

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  11. mahross

    mahross Senior Member

    Try and get hold of a copy of Henry Probert's The Forgotten Air Force: The Royal Air Force in the War Against Japan 1941-1945. It contains details of units assigned to the region.

    Ross
     
  12. ranville

    ranville Senior Member

    Thanks Ranville - I hope that something turns up.

    This doesn't help you, but here is an example of the sort of random stuff that turns up in Australian files -

    Burma. 1945-03-22. After visiting Mandalay, the Supreme Allied Commander Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, visited a forward RAF airstrip to congratulate pilots and ground crews on the capture of Mandalay. Here he is shaking hands and chatting to an RAF fitter, Aircraftman V. O'Connor of Manchester.
    Cheers again dave----I shall keep eye open.
     
  13. ranville

    ranville Senior Member

    Try and get hold of a copy of Henry Probert's The Forgotten Air Force: The Royal Air Force in the War Against Japan 1941-1945. It contains details of units assigned to the region.

    Ross
    I certainly will.And many Thanks
     
  14. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Most of the RAAF deaths were from mid year 1942. Have added the dates and burial places.

    34sq 13/07/1942 DELHI WAR CEMETERY
    308 MU RAF 13/07/1942 DELHI WAR CEMETERY
    45sq 29/08/1942 DELHI WAR CEMETERY
    45sq 11/10/1942 DELHI WAR CEMETERY
    82sq RAF 27/10/1942 MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI
    88sq RAF 21/11/1942 MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI
    79 sq (INDIA) 3/12/1942 CALCUTTA (BHOWANIPORE) CEMETERY
    155sq 1/01/1943 RANCHI WAR CEMETERY
    99sq 4/01/1943 RANCHI WAR CEMETERY
    135sq 7/01/1943 CALCUTTA (BHOWANIPORE) CEMETERY
    34sq (INDIA) 15/03/1943 GAUHATI WAR CEMETERY
    194sq 15/04/1943 DELHI WAR CEMETERY
    110sq 21/04/1943 RANCHI WAR CEMETERY
    11sq RAF 5/08/1943 RANCHI WAR CEMETERY
    227 Group (RAF) 15/08/1943 KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY
    SAC STN POONA 1/09/1943 KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY
    11sq 13/09/1943 MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI


    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  15. izzy

    izzy Senior Member

    A casualty on the local War memorial served in 671 Squadron R.A.F he is buried in Delhi.
     
  16. Shredie

    Shredie Member

    Don't forget 656 AOP Sqdn, more operational hours than any other world wide and still flying Apaches in Afganistan. 656 went to India about 1943.
    656 Squadron Association
     
  17. ranville

    ranville Senior Member

    Following on from my original post i have found a group photo with my relative in it.It's headed ---FITTING BAY, MACHINE SHOP---322 M.U. S.E.A.A.F 1945
    This cardboard photo is marked --Azure Studio,Lucknow Cent.
    Can anyone suggest what he might be doing there?
    Thanks
     
  18. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

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  19. ranville

    ranville Senior Member

    Struth Ranville - try this site....

    He must have been at RAF Cawnpore

    RAF India 1944-46 Photo Gallery by ashley69 at pbase.com


    photos of 322MU at Lucknow etc

    You're a genius!----He's not in in the pics but it has given me a clearer idea what he was doing.---I only dug up the photo by chance by clearing an old box of photos that has been in the garage for ages.----I also found an old theatre programme[dated xmas 1945]--'Christmas Review' at the Chakeri theatre----printed by 'The star press' Cawnpore.!
    The S.E.A.A.F bit, is that they were attached to the Australian air Forces?
    Anyway, many,many, Thanks
     
  20. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    Hardly a genius, just brilliantly clever (and modest too)

    There are some good points of contact below the photos for ex-members and their families.

    Or try this for more background info -


    322 MAINTENANCE UNIT
    AND
    THE DEMOLITION OF SEAC LIBERATORS
    By
    J.E.H. FAIL


    322 Maintenance Unit and the demolition of SEAC Liberators

    An aircraft he probably worked on is in the RAF museum in Cosford


    and another in the USA - Consolidated B-24J Liberator, N7866, Pima Air and Space Museum



    and try here - BBC - WW2 People's War - India - There and Back the Hard Way



    basically just use Google and "RAF" 322 Maintenance
     

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