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2 R.A.F. Salisbury ... hunh?

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Archer

It's twenty to midnight here, and my brain is revolving ever more slowly. Would a forum boffin please tell me what "No. 2 R.A.F. Salisbury" was?

 

The serviceman in question was a Corporal Mechanic, ex Leading Mechanic (Carpenter) R.N.A.S.

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quemerford

Looks like it should be 'No.2 ACS Salisbury' - which may be a post-war redesignation of what in WW1 was simply, ACS Old Sarum - Air Construction Service. Movement auth seems to indicate this but I'm not sure if the Old Sarum unit was redesignated in this way. Southern Training Brigade was headquartered in Salisbury if I recall, but again during the war. Post-war it may have been renamed.

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Archer

:thumbsup:

 

Thank you quemerford!

 

That is extremely helpful. He was, after all, a carpenter.

 

Cheers!

William

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mickdavis

ACS Old Sarum would be the Artillery Co-operation Squadron which moved in from Netheravon on 1.9.1918, moved to Tilshead during October and returned in November, remaining until August 1919 when it moved to Stonehenge. None of the RAF units at Old Sarum had a 2 in the title - there was the 23rd and 216th US Aero Squadrons.

 

There were at least 7 buildings in Salisbury itself that housed RAF administrative units. Entries from my file on such sites seem to go haywire when pasted into forum sites such as this - sorry.

 

 

SALISBURY

Chafyn GroveSchool, Salisbury, Wiltshire

HQ building RFC/RAF 4.1918 – 1919.

2 Area HQ

1.4.1918

from

formed to control 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 Groups

8.5.1918

to

re-designated SW Area HQ

11 (Equipment) Group HQ

1.4.1918

 

formed

17.5.1918

 

disbanded

SW Area HQ

8.5.1918

 

formed ex 2 Area HQ

6.8.1919

 

Delapre,

Manor Road, Salisbury

SW Area

               

 

SALISBURY

Delapre,

Manor Road, Salisbury
, Wiltshire

HQ building RAF

SW Area HQ

6.8.1919

from

Chafyn GroveSchool, Salisbury

20.9.1919

to

re-designated 7 Group 20.9.1919

7 Group HQ

1919

 

Rokeby,

Waine-a-Long Road, Salisbury

16.8.1919

 

disbanded into SW Area HQ

7 Group HQ

20.9.1919

 

re-formed ex SW Area HQ

4.12.1919

 

Andover aerodrome

SW Area   :   Southern Area

               

 

SALISBURY

Radnor House, Salisbury, Wiltshire

HQ building RFC/RAF 1916

Southern Group Command HQ

1916

from

formed

?

to

probably to St Martin’s Clergy House, Salisbury

Southern Group Command 1916

               

 

SALISBURY

St Martin’s Clergy House, Salisbury, Wiltshire

HQ building RFC/RAF 1.1917 – 7.1917.

Southern Group Command HQ

1.1.1917

from

formed

7.7.1917

to

Rokeby,

Waine-a-Long Road, Salisbury
, Wiltshire

Southern Group Command 1917

               

 

SALISBURY

Rokeby,

Waine-a-Long Road, Salisbury
, Wiltshire

HQ building RFC/RAF 8.1917 – 1919.

Southern Group Command HQ

7.7.1917

from

St Martin’s Clergy House, Salisbury

5.8.1917

to

re-designated Southern Training Brigade HQ

Southern Training Brigade HQ

5.8.1917

 

formed ex Southern Group Command HQ

1.4.1918

 

re-designated 7 Group HQ

7 Group HQ

1.4.1918

 

formed

1919

 

Delapre,

Manor Road, Salisbury

SW Area 1918

               

 

SALISBURY

2A

Winchester Street, Salisbury
, Wiltshire

HQ building RFC/RAF 8.1917 – 1918.

33rd Wing HQ

30.8.1917

from

formed

1918

to

Lake Down (Druid’s Lodge)

Southern Group Command 1917

               

 

SALISBURY

61 New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

HQ building RFC 1.1917 – 1917.

Artillery Co-operation Squadron HQ

13.1.1917

from

formed

1917

to

Netheravon aerodrome

Southern Group Command 1917

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quemerford

Duh! Thanks Mick: I have numerous 'ACS' references and didn't twig the Old Sarum connotation .

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MikeW

WW1 Hangers still   at Old Sarum, and I believe are "listed". However, the airfield and site has recently been sold for development so best get there quick before something gets "accidentally" demolished if you want to see them!

 

Mike

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Archer

Wow! Fantastic. Thanks indeed Mike. Fascinating stuff

 

:cheers:

William

 

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