National Archives catalogue reference WO 166/15613

 

Abbreviations

AF

Airfd

Amn

Bks

Coy

CRASC

Div

Dvr

GHQ

Offr

Op

OR

Ord

Pdr

Pl

RASC

RHU

Sos

Tos

Tps

Tpt

Trg

Wksps

Army Form

Airfield

Ammunition

Barracks

Company

Commander Royal Army Service Corps

Division

Driver

General Headquarters

Officer

Operation

Other Ranks
Ordnance

Pounder

Platoon

Royal Army Service Corps

Reinforcement Holding Unit

Struck off Strength

Taken on Strength

Troops

Transport

Training

Workshops

 

 

Month and year: September 1944

Commanding Officer: Major D.J. Bradley RASC

 

1st September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Warning Order for impending ops received from 49 Air Despatch.  50 despatch crews required from this Coy.  All tpt being recalled.  1 OR Tos from 51 RHU.

 

2nd September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

1 OR Tos from hospital.  AF.W3008 &3009F despatched to GHQ 2nd Echelon.

 

3rd September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Op cancelled.  1 Airborne Div standing by at 36 hrs notice.  Lt-Col F.A. Lovegrove CRASC 6 Airborne Div returned from NORMANDY and visited this Coy.

 

4th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

1 LCpl Sos to hospital.

 

5th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

1 pte cook Sos to hospital.

 

7th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Coy engaged on operation 'Comet' - 50 x 3-tonners from this unit and 22 x 3-tonners from 720 Coy RASC under Comd were loaded in Coy dumps and proceeded in convoy to FOLKINGHAM airfd - despatch crews were provided as follows - 50 x 4 men crews from this Coy, 12 x 4 men crews from 799 Coy RASC and 10 x 4 men crews from 800 Coy RASC under Comd this Coy.

 

8th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Operation 'Comet' postponed 24 hrs - all ranks confined to airfd - Despatch crews given revision trg (on ground) in despatching drill - orders received to stand by to load further 100 x 3-tonners from Coy dumps for despatching in Stirling aircraft from KEEVIL, HARWELL & FAIRFORD Airfds.

 

9th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Operation 'Comet' postponed further 24 hrs - contact made with A.C.O. at SPANHOE Airfd regarding re-supply mission to be carried out from there following one from FOLKINGHAM.  1 OR Tos from 51 RHU.  AFs.W3008 & 3009F despatched to GHQ 2nd Echelon.

 

10th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Operation postponed 48 hrs.  Coy engaged in interior economy, hot showers etc.

 

11th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Operation cancelled.  Coy returned to RED LODGE.  All loads replaced in Coy dumps.

 

12th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

1 OR Tos from 30 RHU.

 

13th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Erection of elephant shelters at Coy dumps resumed.

 

14th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Orders received from W.O. for Coy to be mobilised by 30 Sep.  1 OR Sos to hospital.  Coy tpt engaged in conveying 25 pdr amn from railhead SWINDON to airfds for airfreight missions.

 

15th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

1 OR Tos from 30 RHU.  Coy tpt still engaged in conveying 25 pdr amn from railhead SWINDON to airfds for airfreight missions.

 

16th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

All tpt engaged in conveying 25 pdr amn from airfds to Ord amn dump at LITTLE HINTON, airfreight missions having been cancelled.  AFs.W3008 and 3009F despatched to GHQ 2nd Echelon.

 

17th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

1 OR Sos to hospital.  1 OR Tos from 30 RHU.  Orders for operation 'MARKET' received.

 

18th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Loading up commenced for operation 'MARKET'.  This Coy responsible for supplying loads as follows: 33 Stirlings at KEEVIL airfd, 21 Dakotas at BLAKEHILL, 21 Dakotas at DOWN AMPNEY, 21 Dakotas at BROADWELL.  Crews provided: 33 Stirling crews and 21 Dakota crews; remainder of crews provided by 49 Air Despatch.  1 dvr Tos from 30 RHU.

 

19th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

First resupply to 1st Airborne Div carried out.  Casualties were 2 x 2 men crews failed to return and 2 despatchers wounded at KEEVIL, 3 x 4 men crews failed to return from DOWN AMPNEY.  Loading taking place for following day's mission.  This Coy to be responsible for 34 Stirlings at KEEVIL and 9 Stirlings at FAIRFORD.

 

20th September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Further resupply carried out.  Casualties were 5 aircraft failed to return from KEEVIL and 1 aircraft from FAIRFORD.  Loading taking place for following day.  3 dvrs Sos to hospital.

 

21st September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Resupply mission carried out.  This Coy supplied crews for 12 Stirlings at KEEVIL.  3 aircraft failed to return.  Orders received that no further flying personnel to be provided by this Coy.  Orders received for move of Coy to FIGSBURY BKS to complete mobilisation.  1 OR Tos from hospital.

 

22nd September 1944

Place: Red Lodge

 

Adv party and 'A', 'B' & 'Wksps' pls moved to FIGSBURY BKS.  Remainder of Coy at RED LODGE to hand over location and pre-packed dumps to 720 Coy RASC.  2 dvrs Sos to hospital.

 

23rd September 1944

Place: Figsbury

 

'A', 'B' & 'Wksps' pls proceeded on 14 days embarkation leave.  AFs.W3008 & 3009F despatched to GHQ 2nd Echelon.  1 OR Tos from hospital.

 

24th September 1944

Place: Figsbury

 

Remainder of Coy moved to FIGSBURY BKS.  1 offr and 6 ORs stayed behind to complete handing-over.  1 dvr Sos to hospital.

 

25th September 1944

Place: Figsbury

 

Remainder of Coy proceeded on 14 days embarkation leave.  32 dvrs Tos from 720 Coy RASC and proceeded on 14 days leave.  7 dvrs Sos to 716 Coy RASC.  1 cpl and 3 dvrs Tos from 398 Coy RASC.

 

27th September 1944

Place: Figsbury

 

Capt. A.E. Hadley posted to CRASC 6 Airborne Div.  Lt. H.J. Plumridge posted to 398 Coy RASC.  Capt. I.J.A. McKitterick & Capt. N.C. Burt posted from 716 Coy RASC.  Lt. Turnbull posted from 398 Coy RASC.

 

28th September 1944

Place: Figsbury

 

1 sjt, 1 pte, 1 dvr posted from No.1 Mob Centre.  1 dvr posted from 716 Coy RASC.

 

29th September 1944

Place: Figsbury

 

1 LSjt posted to 398 Coy RASC.  1 dvr Tos from hospital.

 

30th September 1944

Place: Figsbury

 

6 dvrs Tos from CRASC 6 Airborne Div.  AFs.W3008 & 3009F despatched to GHQ 2nd Echelon.  1 pte Tos from HQ Airborne Tps.  Mobilisation completed.