Am looking for info on my grandad that was a sergeant in the RAF. He Served from 1941-1945. He Left Britain on a crowded troop ship from Liverpool i beleive. He Finally arrived at Ceylon as it was called then. I beleive he was an Air frame fitter on the Sunderlands. I know it is a long shot but if anybody does remember him please contact me at the email address attached. His name is Robert Wade...more commonly known as bob! He sadly passed away a few weeks ago and am trying to find out as much as i can on this part of his life and hoping to find a picture of him back then. Sqn details and service number not known at present...any other relevant info will be greatly appreciated, Thanks in advance, Ian
Regarding Robert Wade:-
There is a reunion of the Indian Ocean Flying Boat Association
26th to 28th March. Many of them served in Ceylon,at Kogalla or China Bay, and some in the Maldives. I will ask around to find out if anyone remembers this old comrade.
I asked the twenty odd members of the IOFBA who attended the re-union,but none of them could re-call Robert Wade.I have asked the Editor of the newsletter to put Ian's query in the next issue. This should reach between 180 and 200 members and so give us a better chance.
Thank you both Harry and John.
Was thinking non stop of the reunion...hope it all went well. I was apprehensive of approaching my nan for more info regarding my Grandads service in Ceylon as it has only been a couple of months since he passed away, :( but she has sorted through some old photos of them both from that period! :) (They married before he went to Ceylon)Unfortunately she cannot recall the squadron or specific names of places that he stayed in whilst in Ceylon...But hopefully something will turn up soon...Hope you dont mind if i keep you posted! Will try teletext...ta...Have placed grandads info on http://www.worldwar2exraf.co.uk/findanameWZ.html
and am also setting up a web page as well...
But it will have to be actioned by your Grandma and not yourself as she is the next-of-kin. This will definitely give you dates of postings and other very limited information. The fee for this is normally £25. If you type in RAF (MoD) Innsworth into Google search engine it will come up with all of the details
I have been given my grandads dog tags and other bits and pieces by my nan! Amongst the items was a wallet with "Saraswati" embossed on the outside and inside was a receipt from a photographic shop called "John & Co" and based in Nuwara Eliya??? it is dated 16.2.1945 and appears to be sent on to 21. R.S.U R.A.F Ceylon...any pointers please as to what R.S.U stands for and any other info...
Thanks in advance,
Thanks for the input...I was lazy when posting the last and a quick search did reveal who Saraswati was...So i just wanted you to know that i am actively looking for info and not just wasting anybodies time and that i really do appreciate the time that you have taken to reply etc...so a great big thank you to YOU! :)
I have had a reply on another message board that seemed to indicate that the R.S.U may have meant Recovery and salvage unit??? Nuwara Eliya with the tea plantations rang a lot of bells in my head as i remember grandad saying that they often went to the plantations for R&R where the climate is a lot cooler etc...also in the wallet was a small ticket sized certificate for winning the "mens mile" ,from speaking to my nan he was given a clock which is still on the mantle piece as the first place prize!
I have added a page to my site with a couple of photos on from his time in Ceylon please feel free to have a look!
I also served in the forces in the early nineties and am passionate about our history and the men that went off in all campaigns and those that never came back...it saddens me where in places like ypres they are contemplating building a motorway directly over the battle fields etc...Those sorts of places sholud be kept and maintained so that no-one should ever forget...I am going to get off of my soap box now!!! Thanks again John
Just trawling the net for info about the RSU...yes definitely Repair and Salvage Unit. My father served in 1.1.1.RSU in Africa and Italy during WW2...they were attached to another squadron (I've lost the number)Best wishes..kelvin