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Online MartinR

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Re: RAF Gillingham HQ 19Group Coastal Command
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2020, 02:35:46 PM »
The date on the report Grandarog found was 1946.  AFAIK there were no SLUs prior to the development of Ultra and the need to hide its origins.  Until needed there'd be no SCU or Typex and certainly no crytomat.  Your point about 1930-1938 is perfectly valid.

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Re: RAF Gillingham HQ 19Group Coastal Command
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2020, 02:34:46 PM »
Its a long shot, see if any members had a father, brother, or uncle, who worked for the post office,
at that time. We Chatham telegram boys, had access to many places, in Chatham. We never had
deliveries, in Gillingham, so telegram boys there, may have a telegram or two, for your bunker.

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Re: RAF Gillingham HQ 19Group Coastal Command
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2020, 01:23:54 PM »
Hi MartinR, there wouldn't have been anything from 1930 for RAF Gillingham, the bunker itself was built in 1938.


A small correction, it was No.16 Group RAF Coastal Command, not 19 Group.


More information about the bunker and the units based there is here:


https://www.subbrit.org.uk/sites/hms-wildfire/
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Re: RAF Gillingham HQ 19Group Coastal Command
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2020, 11:34:45 AM »
Don't believe false modesty.  If the Sergeant was part of an SLU then the work was highly important and very sensitive.  Enigma decrypts were distributed to certain select people and from them intelligence reports for commanders in the field were prepared.  This may seem round-about, but the fact we had the decrypts (known as "Ultra") was itself one of the greatest secrets.  Intelligence had to appear to have come from sources such as spying, traitors and RAF photographic missions.  The obfuscated reports were distributed by secure encrypted means to the SLUs who passed them to the senior officers concerned.

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Re: RAF Gillingham HQ 19Group Coastal Command
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2020, 10:34:50 AM »
Cant find anything for 1930 But found this .


Service After completing training at Worcester I was again sent for interview, this time to form SLU 8. I then worked, doing nothing really important, in quite a number of outstations within the UK, including Bryanston Square and an underground bunker in Gillingham, Kent. The bunker was occupied by Army and RAF intelligence; we only worked in there and were billeted out. The Typex machine was rather like a grand typewriter. It had five cams each with 26 letters around them and each letter click-stopped. The daily settings were in a highly secret book and in conjunction with Bletchley Park we used to set the five cams with the same letters right through for the daily setting. It was a very important document – if that fell into the hands of the Germans, wow!


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1946 RAF Flight Sergeant. Special Liaison Units 8 and 9 ...
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Offline Dave Smith

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RAF Gillingham HQ 19Group Coastal Command
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2020, 10:57:16 PM »
StuartW. You mentioned that they shared the bunker with H Q Nor Command. I can find no details in Google but would specifically like to know whether there was an RAF Gillingham in 1930 please?