Parachute Records WW2

#1
Folks,
I'm after the WW2 parachute course records.

ie names and units of those undertaking parachute training.

I know Duxford hold them but they are reluctant to give them out.
I also know that the records are out there but again those who have them are reluctant to give them out.

I'm happy to make a donation to Hols4Heroes if anyone is willing to get me a copy of the records.

Much obliged if anyone can help.

Ta muchly.
 
#3
That does seem like a wide spread search; do you want ALL the records? That must be millions. Maybe narrowing down your search to unit, time, or personnel, might help. Plus you could approach the relevant regt museums.
 
#4
"I know Duxford hold them but they are reluctant to give them out"

daft question but why?
Some of the people are still alive and the WW2 records are not yet available online like WW1 on Ancestry.
I have asked them specific questions but they have queered my reason for asking and asked if I was a relative.

For Chef.

I'm unsure of course make up, not sure if the courses were mixed units or specific to unit.
The number of (British) Parachute trained troops for WW2 would have been in the 10's of thousands if that.

I know other people have the records and I'm presuming in .pdf format as that's what the Palestine 45-48 medal roll are in.

I'm asking if anyone has the records that they would be willing to share for my research.
 
#8
Some of the people are still alive and the WW2 records are not yet available online like WW1 on Ancestry.
I have asked them specific questions but they have queered my reason for asking and asked if I was a relative.

For Chef.

I'm unsure of course make up, not sure if the courses were mixed units or specific to unit.
The number of (British) Parachute trained troops for WW2 would have been in the 10's of thousands if that.

I know other people have the records and I'm presuming in .pdf format as that's what the Palestine 45-48 medal roll are in.

I'm asking if anyone has the records that they would be willing to share for my research.
Hairy muff, thanks for the reply.
 
#10
ParaData are Duxford, they are holding out on me.

I'm going to give them a call and see if I can come down and copy the records
i have asked for stuff from them before and i think once they know the intent of what you are using the material for and who you are they will work with you.
(Of course you could get a total knob, who doesn't like your haircut and then its endex.)
 
#11
Did you ask by phone?

I prefer going to the establishment holding the records when I know there might a quibble or three. Face to face seems to work much better. I can even show them what I've done so far which can help a lot.
 
#12
I email them last week but as yet they have not replied. I'll give them a call this week to see what I can get from them.
It's a bit of a treck just just to be sent off at the high port.

But I'll see what happens, I was just hoping that some kind chap already had the info and would be willing to share.
 

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#13
Best of luck, I have been trying to track don some munition stuff from WW1 and although the company has changed hands and records too several times I seem to get no response to my e mail enquiries. A phone call will be the next thing!
 
#14
#15
As you have been told that one of the reasons for non-disclosure is that some of the personnel are still alive, the concern will be that disclosure of the data to you would be an infringement of the rights of those living personnel under the Data Protection Act 1998. So it might be worth considering whether you could complete your research using data that does not infringe those rights. For example would the data with names and any other elements that could be used to identify a living individual redacted be any use to you? If the answer to that approach is that the redaction exercise would be too costly you could then introduce your offer of a charitable donation as a quid pro quo.
 
#16
Here's the reply I got today from Paradata/Duxford:

Many thanks for your email. Whilst we hold the Parachute Course reports for RAF Ringway during this period we are only able to release details after a persons death. As there are a number of veterans still alive, we can not therefore currently release the full reports.
 
#19
Do you think a Freedom of information act request would get me the info?
I did some research through them about 5 years ago and fond them to be very helpful, before the move to Duxford. I think that if they could help they would. No, I doubt if A FIO request would be of any use.

Alternate possile source, or backdoor wa in to records, is through the Army Museum, Chelsea. Also helpful folk.
 

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