Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Omegaman, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Omegaman

    Omegaman Member

    Good morning.

    I am trying to trace my father's service history in the RAF Regiment. I know from ORBs that his Flight were attached to the Light Infantry and would like to trace the history during this period.

    Can anyone suggest sources or contacts please or provide a link to the National Archive sources?

    Many thanks
  2. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    From memory, an RAF Regiment Flight was attached to the Army at either Cassino, Salerno or Anzio. I am not near my notes but will be home at the weekend.


  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Any idea on a year or what battalion of OBLI?
  4. Omegaman

    Omegaman Member

    I think it was 3rd Sept 1944, the OBR records show "Squadron moved with 2781 Armoured Squadron to Bailleulval to be attached to 30 Corp" - I assume that this was the OBLI as that specific detail was from a personal account as follows

    "December 1944 - In front line again at Birgden just over the Dutch border 30 miles southeast of Eindhoven – the first RAF Regiment troops to be on German soil. Under command of 1st Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Regiment. "

    There are also references in The RAF Regiment at war 1942 - 46 but not specific detail
  5. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    That's 1st Bn Oxf & Bucks in 53rd Division. I'll see if Robert's history has anything.
  6. Omegaman

    Omegaman Member

    Thanks Swiper
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I was hoping you'd say 1 Bucks or 2 Ox Bucks as I have their war diaries. If you want a copy of the units war diary this is the ref:

    WO 171/1356 1 Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 1944 Jan- Dec

  8. Omegaman

    Omegaman Member

    Thanks Drew, appreciate that

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