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http://www.acseac.co.uk/pages/squadron.php?pageNum_Squadron=23

 

It looks like they had Celone after the Germans lost it.

No 223 squadron R.A.F. It lists Celone as its airbase on

Oct 26 1943.Then it moved to Biferno on March 14,1944,then Pescara on June 26 1944 and finally Oulton on Aug 23 1944.

Then renumbered 30 squadron South African Air Force on Aug 12 1944.

 

 

It was perhaps a base transfer of 223 squadron RAF to the 463rdB.G. USAAF in the month of March 1944.

 

 

 


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Actually, Jon, I mis-spoke when I said it was a South African RAF Group.  It was 205 Group, 31 & 34 Sqdn.  South African Air Force.  They flew RAF B-24s and they also had some RAF personnel seconded to their squadrons.

 

Although I don't know exactly when the SAAF Group arrived there, but I could find out easily as I'm in contact with some relatives of the men who served with that group.  I know they were still there in March of 1945 as one of the relatives has been searching for info on her uncle who was lost on the night of 2/3 March and no evidence has been found of their aircraft.

 

Another relative I have corresponded with lost her father on 10 Dec 44 on another mission dropping supplies to partisans. 

 

Several of the veterans have spoken of the SAAF men so I know they were there at the same time as the 463rd.  I'm fairly certain they were still there when the war in Europe ended.

 

There was an RAF unit (104) apparently at Foggia Main field.

 

Sorry if there was confusion caused by my mis-statement.


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Hello Joel I talked to my mother today at her house.

She told me a story about the South African RAF members that were stationed there at the same time my father served.

Thanks for the info about the later South African RAF group.

 

I see some links.

 

 http://www.worldwar2exraf.co.uk/Squadron%20Pages/Squadron%20Search%20Pages/Squadron%20search%20page%201-100.htm

 

and

 

http://www.saafmuseum.co.za/memories.htm

 

Thomas Robert Millar was at the Celone base in August 1944

 

and

 

http://www.saairforce.co.za/forum/


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