Unit help, Rex Baldwin, RAF

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  1. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    I found this for my grandfather on a ancestry site, and wondered what the units were, "T" Depot etc I can't seem to find anything on them, I know from 1929 - 1950 he was living in Arlesey Bedfordshire so some point he was at RAF Henlow. Hope someone can help?

    Best regards

    Liam
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  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    I see you’ve followed my advice on GWF and posted here.

    You might attract more interest if you include his name and RAF in your title.

    Steve

    EDIT TO ADD

    OP POSTED THIS TEXT AND IMAGE ON GWF OVER THE WEEKEND

    “Hi could someone tell me what these raf units are, in the 1920s I'm trying to map where my Great Grandfather was at this particular time. Many thanks.

    He was living in Bedfordshire from 1929 to 1950, so he was at some point at RAF Henlow, in 1943, he was AC2 at RCAF Penhold, Alberta, Canada in 1943.

    Many thanks

    Liam

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  3. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    How do i edit the post?
     
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    1939 England and Wales Register
    Name: Rex Baldwin
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Birth Date: 27 Oct 1906
    Residence Year: 1939
    Address: 23 Arlesey
    Residence Place: Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England
    Occupation: Batman R A F Henlow
    Schedule Number: 31
    Sub Schedule Number: 1
    Enumeration District: DQGQ
    Registration district: 175-1
    Inferred Spouse: Gladys M Baldwin
    Household Members:
    Name
    Rex Baldwin
    Gladys M Baldwin

    TD

    Rex Baldwin
    1906–1977
    BIRTH 27 OCT 1906 • Witham, Essex, United Kingdom
    DEATH 9 NOV 1977 • Preston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
     
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  5. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Thanks for PM.

    Click on edit button at the bottom right of your post then click on “more options” and when your post opens in edit mode you should be able to edit the topic title.

    If I’m wide of the mark someone else will help - perhaps a kind hearted moderator will intervene.

    Steve
     
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  6. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Seems you only get a certain length of time to edit. Should I copy what you wrote and start a new thread and delete this one?
     
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    New members sometimes do not have the facility to edit, it may take 5 or so posts before they can, so suggest you contact Admin - dont delete this thread.

    Do you have his full service records , what I have seen seems 'light' on detail considering the time he spent in the RAF

    Link - Request records of deceased service personnel

    TD
     
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  8. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Hi TD, I currently only have 2 pages which I've obtained from FMP, I haven't yet ordered his full service records, should I do that first?

    Liam
     
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Yes

    TD
     
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  10. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    I shall do that then.
     
  11. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Richard,

    There was an RAF topic on the forum last week when a member posted 2 pages he’d obtained from RAF which covered a relatives non flying service 1940/46. The RAF experts said that was all RAF maintained on a non flying man’s discharge so it might be best for Liam to wait for the advice of an RAF expert.

    My own thought is that the pre 1939 enlistment RAF material on FMP is all that there will be even for a non flying man who served into WW2 period - but I’m no expert.

    We’ve been spoiled by seeing multi page Army service files which can be like novels in length and detail compared to very brief RAF & Navy “service papers” posted on the forum.

    Regards

    Steve

    EDIT TO ADD - HERE IS THE TOPIC FROM LAST WEEK

    http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/lack-of-info-on-raf-servicemans-record.74856/unread
     
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  12. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    "T" Depot was at Uxbridge as was "M" Depot. TE Lawrence was there at the same time.

    "FAD" could be Forward Ammunition Depot.

    Regards,

    Dave
     
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  13. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    I don't know if its of much use, but the following thesis has a lot about RAF logistics for some of that period:

    "Royal Air Force Logistics During the Second World War: Transformation, Sustainment and Flexibility"

    Submitted by Trevor Stone

    https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/77031398.pdf

    But on Page 217 he says the following, which if correct, means that the FAD entry dated 1926 might be something different or was the term used then resurrected in 42?

    "Consequently, the Air Ministry introduced what was known as the Forward Ammunition Depot Scheme in late 1941/early 1942. As part of this, all the existing AAPs became Forward Ammunition Depots (FAD)"
     
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  14. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's an 'F' - see how the writer writes F in column to left and two columns to right of the entry. Looks more like an 'H'.

    Tim
     
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  15. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    I read that as H. A. D. = Home Aircraft Depot

    I could be wrong though.

    Liam
     
  16. Notabilis

    Notabilis Member

    Thanks everyone
     

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