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724 Signals Unit 20 Nov 2017 23:30 #1

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History of 724 Signals Unit needed

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724 Signals Unit 20 Nov 2017 23:47 #2

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Hi Robert and welcome

Can you tell us a bit more of what you know and why you need it?

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724 Signals Unit 06 Dec 2017 15:12 #3

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I joined 724 SU in January 1954 to work on a mobile NT277 GCI mobile unit. This unit was suggested as one that came ashore on DDay and I am trying to find out both the history of the unit I worked on and was the suggestion correct. I would like the opportunity to be in touch with anyone who was a member of 724 at any time
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724 Signals Unit 06 Dec 2017 16:04 #4

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In WW2 after D-Day would the unit have been involved in guiding medium bombers to tactical targets in overcast conditions? Like radar bomb scoring in reverse? I made a lot of notes on the subject a few years ago but cannot lay my hands on them!

The National Archives (TNA) hold the unit ORB for 724, AIR 29/2943 but only for 1956. Was it known by another title in 1944?
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724 Signals Unit 06 Dec 2017 17:38 #5

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After D Day the units were used for Fighter Control as was the unit at Wildenrath I worked on.

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724 Signals Unit 07 Dec 2017 09:35 #6

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Thanks. Now I think about it I suspect what I recalled was an American set-up for their B-26/A-26/A-20 operations.

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724 Signals Unit 07 Dec 2017 13:17 #7

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Hi Rob
I was also an L Fitt GR,70-83, but never worked on GCI

I remember reading that some Landing Ship Tanks were converted as GCI stations for the D-Day Landings, They were called Fighter Direction Tenders.

There is some informtion here
www.combinedops.com/FDTs.htm

Wether this is the origin of 724 I don't know, but good background in your search anyway

kevin

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724 Signals Unit 08 Dec 2017 15:06 #8

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Thanks Kevin your info was very useful and has opened up a new path for my research

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