National Archives catalogue reference WO 166/15629
Assistant Director Ordnance Services
Petrol, Oil and Lubricants
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Royal Army Service Corps
Reinforcement Holding Unit
Taken on Strength
Month and year: September 1944
Commanding Officer: Major K.B. Hare-Scott
1st September 1944
All vehicles and drivers attached to various units of Airborne Forces return to locations.
0915 - 10 vehs. report 63 Coy RASC conveying roller conveyor.
1130 - Major D.G. Clark RASC (S. Sup O) 1 Airborne Div visits Coy.
2nd September 1944
1215 - O.C.'s Conference of officers & Pln. Sgts. re: pending operation.
1300 - All ranks confined to camp. 32 (4 men) Despatcher Crews and 34 (2 men) Crews standing by.
3rd September 1944
Despatcher Crews standing by for Re-Supply mission.
4th September 1944
75 x 14 men Compo Packs drawn from 4 SRD Swindon and delivered to Airfields. Despatcher Crews standing by.
5th September 1944
1200 - 62 Vehs. report 223 Coy RASC at Broadwell - split up to various Airfields conveying P.O.L. and stores for loading on to aircraft. 900 x 82 Grenades collected from Fairford G.W.R. Station. Lt. Col. Wordsdell RAOC (ADOS Air Despatch Group) inspects Ammunition Dumps.
7th September 1944
0615 - 51 Vehs. report "Blue" Dump. Load up with stores and lie up outside Camp.
1630 - Vehs. leave for Saltby Airfield with 50 (4 men) Despatch Crews for re-supply missions - Lieut L.V. Wiltshire & Lieut. R.S. Bryant i/c.
8th September 1944
Despatcher Crews stand-by at Airfield.
9th September 1944
Crews standing by at Saltby Airfield.
10th September 1944
Crews still standing by for Re-Supply duties.
11th September 1944
1645 - Vehicles leave Saltby Airfield for return to Coy. location. Re-Supply Mission cancelled. All vehicles return by 2130 hrs. C.B. ban lifted.
12th September 1944
1000 - O.C.'s. talk to Coy. personnel.
1030 - O.C.'s Conference of officers.
2000 - Message receive all vehs. to be off-loaded and available for detail morning of 13 Sept. '44.
13th September 1944
0800 - 40 Vehs. report Amn. Dump Little Hinton, collect amn. and deliver to KEMBLE Airfield arriving 1330 hrs.
2130 - 91 Vehs. leave location for Rly. siding Nr. Cirencester.
14th September 1944
0530 - Ammunition Train off-loaded and loaded on to 91 Vehs. 24 Vehs. off load amn. at Kemble Airfield. 67 Vehs. lie up at unit location.
15th September 1944
1100 - 67 Vehs. loaded with amn. leave for Little Hinton (East Amn. Dump) and off-load.
0800 - 10 Vehs. report Fairford Transit Camp - convey stores and bedding to 1 S.A.S. Nettlebed Camp.
0815 - 18 Vehs. collect dunnage from Cirencester G.W.R. Station and convey to Dumps.
17th September 1944
0835 - 35 Air Despatcher Crews (x 2 men) and 35 Vehs. leave location under comd. of Lieut. F.E.R. Allen to units Dump load up and proceed to Harwell Airfield - remain there overnight.
18th September 1944
0600 - 33 (x 2 men) Air Despatcher Crews leave location for Dumps - load up and proceed to Harwell Airfield.
1000 - 34 (x 2 men) Despatcher Crews report unit Dumps - load up and proceed to Fairford Airfield.
1030 - 35 Despatcher Crews take-off from Harwell on re-supply mission.
1900 - Crews return from Re-Supply Mission from Harwell - 2 Crews reported missing.
19th September 1944
0800 - 58 (x 2 men) Crews report to 63 Coy RASC location for loading & then to Airfield for Re-Supply mission.
1900 - Despatcher Crews return from Re-Supply Mission - 12 Despatchers reported missing. 5 Despatchers injured through enemy action (3 O/R's. admitted Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford).
20th September 1944
0900 - 3 (x 4 men) Despatcher Crews leave for Broadwell A'field.
1100 - 34 (x 2 men) Despatcher Crews leave for Harwell A'field
1400 - 17 (x 2 men) Despatcher Crews leave for Fairford Airfield for air-despatch duties.
2000 - Crews return from Re-Supply Mission - 3 Crews reported missing. 2 O/R's injured through enemy action (1 N.C.O. admitted R.A.F. Hospital Wroughton - shrapnel wounds).
21st September 1944
1100 - 18 (x 2 men) Crews to Fairford Airfield. 23 (x 2 men) Crews to Harwell Airfield for loading up a/craft.
2000 - Crews return from Re-Supply Mission - 18 O/Rs' reported missing. 3 O/R's injured (1 Dvr. admitted R.A.F. Hospital Wroughton - shrapnel wounds).
22nd September 1944
Despatcher Crews at Fairford & Harwell Airfields standing-by. 22 O/R's. (reinforcements) taken on strength from 1 RASC Mob Centre.
23rd September 1944
1000 - 25 (x 4 men) Air Despatch Crews leave for Down Ampney Airfield for Re-Supply Mission. Take off 1330 hrs.
1400 - Despatcher Crews take off from Fairford & Harwell Airfields.
2000 - Crews return from Down Ampney - 2 Crews reported missing. 2 men injured (1 admitted R.A.F. Hospital Wroughton, 1 admitted Station Sick Quarters Down Ampney - shrapnel wounds).
2015 - Crews return from Fairford - 1 man injured, 1 Crew reported to have crash landed - known to be safe in France.
2030 - Crews return from Harwell - 4 Crews missing - 2 Crews reported to be safe.
24th September 1944
1600 - 1 Crew returns safely from Down Ampney Airfields after having crash-landed in Holland on 23 Sept. '44. 16 O/R's. taken on strength from 41 R.H.U. 16 O/R's. taken on strength from 30 R.H.U.
25th September 1944
34 O/R's of new intake proceed on 14 days' Despatcher Crews Course at RASC Air Training Centre, Leicester.
1200 - Col. S.W. Walsh (Comd. Air Despatcher Group RASC) addressed Despatcher Crews at unit location. 7 O/R's T.O.S. from 30 R.H.U.
2100 - B.B.C. Broadcast by L/Cpl. Grantham in "War Report".
27th September 1944
3 Despatchers reported as missing return safely from Holland. 5 O/R.'s. T.O.S. from 30 R.H.U.
28th September 1944
Erection of shelters and laying of dunnage. Commenced on new Pannier Dump. 4 O/R.'s. T.O.S. from 30 R.H.U. 63 Coy RASC Dumps taken over.
29th September 1944
1430 - 10 Vehs. report Fairford Airfield - returning containers to Dumps.
1730 - O.C.'s. Conference of officers.
30th September 1944
2330 - Lieut. Wiltshire leaves location with 31 Vehs. to South Petrol Depot Ogbourne St. George for purpose of collecting Petrol and delivering to Blakehill Farm Airfield.