AE's in the RAOC

Discussion in 'REME/RAOC' started by RFC01, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. RFC01

    RFC01 Member


    New here, need some expert to fill me in on some info if possible:

    WO1(Cdr) H Chamberlain Chamberlain 1940 Sub-Conductor - who joined the RAOC in Dec 1937.
    Reclassified as an Ammunition Examiner Class 1 in 1939 and posted to Burscough, Bramley and then to 3 BAD in the same year.
    No 7589866 1941 Sub Conductor RAOC.

    His service records show him being evacuated from France on 26/06/1940, 1 day after Operation Ariel, but was posted to 6 BAD from BEF on 28/05/2015. Confusing.
    His service records show him being posted to 6 BAD (I am told that 6 BAD moved to St Nazierre on 16/6/1940, marched into the Port on the 4am on 17th and were to embark on the Lancastria but as it had no billets so it was decided to switch to the Oransay -------- the Lancastria was bombed in the pm of 17th - they boarded the Oronsay and it arrived in Plymouth on 18th)
    Prior he was in 3 BAD in Rouen, was appointed War Substantive Srgt at 21 BAD, later transferred from 26 BAD to 6 BAD. All over the place, i guess like many others at that time.

    So any ideas what he would have been doing? Blowing things up? Making ammunition left behind redundant? Was he on the Oronsay?

    Thats part 1.

    Part 2:
    He was part of 6 EADCU re-designated to 306 EADCU RAOC (Enemy Ammunition Depot Control Unit RAOC) – Lt Col WG Wilton RAOC then SOS to 306 EADCU Soltau from 08/06/1945 to 12/09/1945.
    What was he doing there? I know Bergen Belsen was in that area, and i remember, as a child, him mentioning this (I'm sure he talked about a lot of other interesting things as well, he did like to talk, but at that age, regretfully, i wasn't really paying attention).
    Ive read somewhere that V2's were in that area, and in 1943 he had completed a 27th CW Course Qualified (Chemical Warfare) course.
    Anyone information about what these EADCU were doing there?

    No I am sure this is all family difficult to find out (hopefully I am wrong), so any references to WO docs, other resources, pointers, anything that could help flesh out this mans possible work would be greatly appreciated.

  2. David127

    David127 New Member

    Very few members have discussed the EADCU. My own father was in the Heavy Artillery for most of WW2, but was posted to 3 BAD, ROAC in June 1945 and attached to 308 EADCU near Lubeck in north Germany. He was released from service in October 1945.
    I have some photographs of the weapons they were dealing with and a few group photos of the unit.
    Any new information would be very helpful. The Army Service Record is not much help.
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    This might help

    308 Unit | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 171/6792
    308 Unit
    Date: 1945 June - Dec.
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

    Subsubseries within WO 171 - Enemy Ammunition Depot Control Units

  4. David127

    David127 New Member

    Thanks Tricky for that pointer, I guess I will have to ask Kew for a copy of that War Diary.

  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  6. Joroti

    Joroti Member

    Hi David, I have all the EADCU war diaries. There are 2 for 308, covering the period June 45 - June 46. I also have all the 3 BAD war diaries. Message me with your email and I will send you what you need.

    Regards, JB

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