Squadrons/VE Day

Squadrons/VE Day

Joined: August 23rd, 2004, 12:40 am

May 15th, 2006, 4:22 pm #1

Lads- I am trying to determine the location of a photo of what appears to be a Squadron Mess, or Club around the time of a V-E Day celebration. I have had this original photo for some time, but have been unable to determine location. The Mess/Club is apparently in a Quonset(Or Maycrete) Hut; there is a bar made up of several folding tables, each stacked with glass tumblers on a checked tablecloth.Above is a charicature of Winston Churchill(in AM uniform w/cigar), (above a very large RAF pilot's brevet picture) to which a drawing of long pair of arms have been outstretched, one hand at the end in a "V, the other holding a pint. There is a rendition of an American flag, a Soviet one, and several Union Jacks. In front of the "bar" are small tables, each with 1 chair on each side. Behind the "bar" are bottles of liquors, and 5 casks. I believe the casks(of which 3 are tapped) hold the secret as to the location. All the casks have a number, below which is "XX", then the plug, or tap. The numbers are 202, 221, & 238. (202 & 238 is marked on 2 casks each.) I believe these may be squdron numbers: Can anyone tell me if 202, 221, and 238 Sqn.s all existed, and if so, did they occupy the same base at the end of the war, or any time between? This would tell me most likely where the photo was taken.

Any help appreciated,
Robbie
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 15th, 2006, 5:50 pm #2

-- 202 Sqdn (Coastal Command) was part of 15 Group at Castle Archdale, Fermanagh beginning 01/44. Disbanded 06/27/45. Catalina IV aircraft. Detachment from 202 Sqdn with 18 Group (Shetland Islands). Departed 06/45

-- 221 Sqdn (Coastal Command) was part of 16 Group at Edku, Egypt, arriving 01/45. Disbanded 08/45. Detachments at El Adim/Benina/Aqir which departed 08/45

-- 238 Sqdn (Fighter Command) was part of 10 Group at Chilbolton, Hampshire in 1941. Transferred to Middle East (El Firdan, 05/41)

I don't see anything linking these three squadrons at a common station. 202 and 221 are Coastal Command squadrons operating in different theatres (UK and MTO) and flying dissimilar aircraft (Catalina's and Wellingtons, respectively).

Are you able to post the image in question?



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Joined: August 23rd, 2004, 12:40 am

May 15th, 2006, 5:59 pm #3

I have to scan it in, but I may be able to post it ok. If not, I will send it to you...

Robbie
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Joined: August 23rd, 2004, 12:40 am

May 15th, 2006, 6:17 pm #4

Here is the photo we've been discussing: in its proper spot...
Robbie

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Joined: November 16th, 2003, 5:40 pm

May 16th, 2006, 2:18 am #5

Lads- I am trying to determine the location of a photo of what appears to be a Squadron Mess, or Club around the time of a V-E Day celebration. I have had this original photo for some time, but have been unable to determine location. The Mess/Club is apparently in a Quonset(Or Maycrete) Hut; there is a bar made up of several folding tables, each stacked with glass tumblers on a checked tablecloth.Above is a charicature of Winston Churchill(in AM uniform w/cigar), (above a very large RAF pilot's brevet picture) to which a drawing of long pair of arms have been outstretched, one hand at the end in a "V, the other holding a pint. There is a rendition of an American flag, a Soviet one, and several Union Jacks. In front of the "bar" are small tables, each with 1 chair on each side. Behind the "bar" are bottles of liquors, and 5 casks. I believe the casks(of which 3 are tapped) hold the secret as to the location. All the casks have a number, below which is "XX", then the plug, or tap. The numbers are 202, 221, & 238. (202 & 238 is marked on 2 casks each.) I believe these may be squdron numbers: Can anyone tell me if 202, 221, and 238 Sqn.s all existed, and if so, did they occupy the same base at the end of the war, or any time between? This would tell me most likely where the photo was taken.

Any help appreciated,
Robbie
I think the numbers on the casks might have more to do with the contents than the location of the picture...

Cheers!
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Joined: December 9th, 2003, 10:45 pm

May 16th, 2006, 11:51 am #6

The XX refers to the strength of the beer (X was the weakest). I'm certain that 238 etc are just brewery batch numbers.
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