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Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by chris_steel, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. chris_steel

    chris_steel Junior Member

    Hello and thanks for hosting this site

    I am pretty much a newbie to all of this so i welcome any advice in my search. My interest is in the RAF and RCAF to find service records of my Grandfather, and of course which im sure you have all heard a million times, I dont have his service number. If you think you can help, that would be super! I do have much info on him which may help narrow it down

    Hope to hear from some of you

  2. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    Hi Chris,
    Welcome aboard. I am sure you will receive a lot of help here.
    Why don't you give us your grandfather's name and any other relevant info you might have re dates, places etc. Do you have any photos of him in uniform?
    Kind regards,
  3. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    Welcome Chris and I hope we can help. Enjoy.
  4. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Welcome Chris
    Give us any scrap of information you have and we will see if we can solve your dilema
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum Chris, was he an officer or Other Rank ?
    Just wondered as if Commisioned he should be easier to find.
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Chris and welcome to the forum.

    If your grandfather was RAF then it explains in the link below how you can obtain his records.

    RAF - Contacts

  7. nicks

    nicks Very Senior Member

    Hello Chris and welcome to the forum.


  8. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum

  9. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Hi Chris,

    Welcome to the forum, good luck with your research.
    It will be worth calling the number below for advice. RAF Disclosures can be very helpful over the phone and they will point you in the right direction.


    Enquiries related to RAF personel service records from family members and other authorized persons

    RAF Disclosures Section
    Room 221b
    Trenchard Hall
    RAF Cranwell
    NG34 8HB

    01400 261201
    Ext 6711
    Ext 8161/8159 (Officers)
    Ext 8163/8168/8170 (Other ranks)

    Obtaining service records for those who served in the Royal Air Force during world war 2 is more or less straightforward, but will only divulge service information to the person to whom it refers or, if he or she has died to his or her immediate next of kin. Anyone else must obtain permission from the person about whom they are enquiring or from his or her next of kin, before any information will be given to them. In some cases the PMA make a charge of £30.00 for any information they provide. Except to the person to which it refers, or the widow or widower of that person.
  10. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    Hello and welcome to the forum.

  11. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Hi, Chris! In the absence of further details - no doubt you're still abed given the time difference if you're in Canada, is this him?
    Initials: C F D
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Warrant Officer Class II
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 512 Sqdn.
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 25/12/1943
    Service No: R/60519
    Additional information: Son of William John and Florence Margaret Steel, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 180.

    I hope however, that he did survive!!

    I believe there is a closer address for Canadian RCAF records than given here, no doubt a quick Google will soon reveal it, if other Pals here don't come up with it first!!

    As already said, give us what details you do know and let us see what else we can find. We do need at least a Name though!!
  12. chris_steel

    chris_steel Junior Member

    Hello Everyone and thanks so much for all the posts! Very kind of you all to help me on this. My Grand fathers name was Robert Steel born Oct 4 1922 in Cardiff wales son of Arthur Drummond Steel (He also served in the war as RMAC ambulance driver) and lily may. I do know he was sent over to canada near Goderich, Ont to teach and repair airplanes during the war. ~1943. He was sent back to Cardiff ~1944. He survived the war.

    I hope this helps your kind gestures

  13. militarycross

    militarycross Very Senior Member

    Hello Chris and welcome to the Forum. Sounds like he was in the same base and possible job as Uncle Jim. Hope you are successful in the search for details.

  14. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Hello Chris and welcome to the forum - hope you find our spot helpful in your search.
  15. spidge


    Welcome Chris,

    Good luck with the research.


  16. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    I'm glad he survibed!
    Goderich was the base for No. 12 Elementary Flight Training School, operating Finch elementary trainers. That's the first stage of learning to fly, classroom instruction and then learning to fly with an instructor to take you through what to do.
    There were frequent mishaps, so no doubt he had a lot of repairs!!

    Have you any memorabilia, photos or memories you can share?
    Was he ground crew or training as aircrew?

    This site might be of interest detailing progression through the training Schools: Service Timeline of James J. MacIsaac
  17. chris_steel

    chris_steel Junior Member

    Hi Kevin, Thanks for replying!

    Wow you really now your stuff. Finch rings a bell to me but really i would be guessing. Grandfather would have been part of the ground crew. I only have 1 photo of him in his outfit but cant see any symbols on his coat. Would you still like to see?



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