RAF Cardington Camp

RAF Servicemen & Recruits 1940 -1941

Shown below Flight M on November 9th 1941 with Robert Clinkaberry "3rd right middle row with specs." Ginger Burgess is first right top row, Bill Woods first left bottom row, and a guy named Seaman is 3rd left middle row. Find more recollections from Robert in the 1939-1945 Eye Witness section. Do you recognise anyone?

Bob Clinkaberry Nov 9th 1941
1942 image_copy

Although "RAF Cardington" was written on the back of this postcard above no other details were recorded. Luckily we have the date when the photograph was taken back in 1941. I am assuming the number 421 was the hut number where this particular group of young men were billetted. Please take a close look at these men - if you recognise anyone please make contact.

Leonard Taylor 1941 final jpeg

The photo above sent in by Geoff Taylor shows his father Leonard Taylor (front row fourth from left) at Cardington in February 1941. In Geoff's own words:

"As well as looking through a number of his letters, photographs and other material that relates to my father’s wartime experience, I also obtained a copy of his Service Record from the RAF. By combining the material with Internet research I have put together a fairly comprehensive record of his RAF experience of which this note is a summary.
My father, Leonard Taylor, was born on 12th April 1921 and lived in Bromley, Kent. After leaving school he became a motor mechanic and he volunteered to join the RAF in December 1940 at the age of 19. He was demobilised in 1946 and died in 1986.
I do not recall Dad talking very much about his wartime experiences but I do know that he worked on the engines of Wellington bombers and spent time in India.
Upon enlisting, Dad’s title was AC2 and he became an AC1 in July 1941. From December 1942 he was a Leading Aircraftman (LAC) and he was promoted to acting Corporal in September 1945 (i.e. after the end of the war). He was designated as “FME” - Flight Mechanic Engines.
The following timeline summarises my father’s principal locations at various times during the war.**

Date Activity/location
30/12/40 Date of enlistment.
29/1/41 Beginning of training at Cardington, Lincolnshire. See photo dated 2nd February 1941.
26/7/41 To 5 STT (School of Technical Training). Locking (Weston-Super-Mare), Somerset.
26/9/41 To Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire. 458 Squadron.
Possibly February 42 To Breighton, Yorkshire. 460 Squadron.
20/5/42 To 30 Maintenance Unit, Sealand, Flintshire.
11/12/42 To Wickenby, Lincolnshire. 12 Squadron.12 squadron were at Wickenby from September 1942. They
converted from Wellingtons to Lancasters during the winter of 42/43.
5/8/43 To 5 Personnel Despatch Unit, Blackpool. Prior to despatch to India.
29/10/43 At 29 Personnel Reception Centre, India. According to a website, 29 PRC was in Sind. From further
investigation it seems likely that it is the RAF depot at Drigh Road, Karachi.
12/11/43 At 322 Maintenance Unit, India. From the web, 322 MU was based at Chakeri, Cawnpore. Now called
Kanpur.Dad probably remained at Cawnpore for the remainder of his service.
5/5/46 Possible release date. RAF records refer to “101 POC Class A release”. I am not sure what this means.
16/5/46 To C5B PDC. Is C5B Personnel Despatch Centre where he was released from?
1/8/46 Possible release date. RAF records refer to “Effective release date”. I am not sure what this means.
30/6/59 RAF records refer to “Discharged from Class 'G' reserve" This is long after the war. I presume from this that
Dad could have been recalled to the RAF in the event of another war.

Thank you so much Geoff for sharing this information about your father with us - if anyone recognises any of the young men here please get in touch.