Y Service

Discussion in 'General' started by Gage, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Can anybody give me some info on the Y service, please.
    I know that WAAFs were used to listen in on conversations by Luftwaffe pilots but I don't know much else. Thanks. :nospeakhearsee:
     
  2. morse1001

    morse1001 Very Senior Member

    Can anybody give me some info on the Y service, please.
    I know that WAAFs were used to listen in on conversations by Luftwaffe pilots but I don't know much else. Thanks. :nospeakhearsee:


    The expression "Y Service" stems from the signal intelligence servce of the Royal Navy but soon covered all forms of signals intel.


    Their brief covered all sections of the wave band searching for enemy transmissions.

    The WAAFs that you mentioned were used to copy transmissions from German stations and then spoof the germans. While others were used to listen to the enigma encryted messages etc.

    Since that the Y service was top secret then now I have told you that, I'll have to kill you!!!
     
  3. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

  4. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Thanks Morse, insightful as ever, thanks mate. I won't tell anybody, honest!!!!!

    Thanks Kyt for that as well.

    Did the guys who flew with 100 Sqd special duties come under the Y Services umbrella?
     
  5. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    I think you mean No. 100 (Bomber Support) Group as 100 Squadron was a "standard" bomber squadron who used Lancasters.

    100 Group was used in electronic warefare, especially to counter German radar, and as such it wouldn't have been part of the Y service, which was responsible for radio interception (just listening in to radio traffic).

    see: No. 100 Group RAF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  6. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    I think you mean No. 100 (Bomber Support) Group as 100 Squadron was a "standard" bomber squadron who used Lancasters.

    100 Group was used in electronic warefare, especially to counter German radar, and as such it wouldn't have been part of the Y service, which was responsible for radio interception (just listening in to radio traffic).

    see: No. 100 Group RAF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Thanks mate, I knew it was 100 something. I should have dug a little deeper.
     

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