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by Pat Atkins
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Which 3 Group HCU for Special Duties crew 1944?
Replies: 2
Views: 1438

Re: Which 3 Group HCU for Special Duties crew 1944?

Hi Alan, apologies for the late response. He and his crew were originally with 624 Sqdn at Blida, North Africa; when the squadron was disbanded the summer of 1944 they were transferred to 148 Sqdn at Brindisi, Italy, where they converted to Halifaxes and carried out the vast majority of their operat...
by Pat Atkins
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: Which 3 Group HCU for Special Duties crew 1944?
Replies: 2
Views: 1438

Which 3 Group HCU for Special Duties crew 1944?

After 12 OTU my uncle (1331986 F/Sgt Don Atkins) and his crew progressed to a 3 Group HCU at RAF Stradishall in May 1944, where they converted to Stirlings. This info comes from his RAF movements record, but I would like if possible to identify the specific HCU. I believe the options are 1651 HCU at...
by Pat Atkins
Thu May 28, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Looking for Info - Gunner, Short Stirling
Replies: 4
Views: 1869

Re: Looking for Info - Gunner, Short Stirling

The best way forward is undoubtedly to apply to the RAF for your father's service records. Once you have them, you'll be able to flesh out his war service. In the absence of further hard-and-fast information, perhaps worth considering that as well as a conventional bomber role Stirlings were used as...
by Pat Atkins
Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: 624 (SD) Sqdn Stirling crew, August 1944
Replies: 4
Views: 2570

Re: 624 (SD) Sqdn Stirling crew, August 1944

That is interesting, thanks - that OSS connection with 624 is fascinating, and I'll look out for the book (does it have a title yet?). Once the US-led invasion of the South of France was undertaken 624 was wound down and its personnel transferred to other SD squadrons - I wonder if the Americans con...
by Pat Atkins
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: 624 (SD) Sqdn Stirling crew, August 1944
Replies: 4
Views: 2570

Re: 624 (SD) Sqdn Stirling crew, August 1944

It's a great picture of a 148 Halifax at Brindisi, thanks. If it's from the same period as my uncle's service with the squadron, then in the background on the left might possibly be a Halifax V, LL249 FS-Z which he and his crew flew on several ops (I can't make out if it's an "E" or a "Z" on the fus...
by Pat Atkins
Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: 624 (SD) Sqdn Stirling crew, August 1944
Replies: 4
Views: 2570

624 (SD) Sqdn Stirling crew, August 1944

Hello, I'm new here and just wanted to introduce myself. My interest derives from the beginning of the RAF career of my late uncle Don Atkins, from Brighton. He joined 624 (Special Duties) Squadron at Blida, N. Africa in August 1944 as a 21-year-old Stirling pilot, along with his crew (and perhaps h...