Pteranadon don't forget quite a few RAF Regt and other RAF and RN personnel were transferred to the Army in 1944/45. Here are a few extracts from the RAF Regt history Through Adversity:
Over 400 of those men ended up in 2 Scots Guards.However, even as the plans for RAF Regiment involvement in
Operation Overlord were being finalised in May 1944, the War Office
this time with the support of the Prime Minister was renewing its
demands for more men for the infantry from the RAF Regiment.
This was despite the fact that the deployment of RAF Regiment LAA
squadrons on airfields in the UK had already released over 13,000
soldiers back to the field army and that there were less than 4,000
RAF Regiment gunners deployed on ground defence tasks at home.
The Secretary of State for Air advised the Prime Minister that there
is not one man more in the RAF Regiment than is necessary to meet
existing war requirements; in any event, most of those in the RAF
Regiment are LAA gunners, not infantrymen.2 This made no impact
at all on Churchill, who responded the Army has already culled its
AA gunners now it is the turn of the RAF Regiment. I want 25,000
men transferred, including 2,000 immediately for the Guards as
replacements. They will be much better employed there than loafing
around already overcrowded airfields.
The Air Ministry answer was to offer the equivalent of 15 LAA
squadrons some 3,000 men out of a total UK-based strength of
38,000. Faced with these unassailable facts, Churchill reluctantly
amended his original demand to 10,000 men of whom 2,000 were
required immediately to bring the Guards up to strength. A call for
volunteers from the Regiment and other Group V trades was made,
but as the conditions included the requirement for all NCOs to forfeit
their rank on transfer, there were few sergeants or corporals among
the 691 volunteers. As, even in the midst of war, there was no legal
method of forcibly transferring men from one Service to another
against their will, the shortfall of 1,309 men had to be made up by
discharging selected RAF Regiment airmen and immediately calling
them up for Army service. Of the 2,000 transfers obtained in this
underhand way, 1,539 went to the Guards and 461 to infantry
RAF Regt strength in North-West Europe:The Cabinet subsequently decided that the
140,000 young men who were due to be called up in the first half of
1945 would all be directed to the Army. In addition, both the Royal
Navy and the Royal Air Force were required to find 20,000 men
each who would agree to transfer to the Army.
Thus in 1945 the RAF Regiment had to surrender a further
5,000 men (including 300 sergeants and 500 corporals who were
allowed to retain their rank) as their share of the RAFs manpower
contribution to the Army. The net result was that a further 36 RAF
Regiment squadrons were disbanded and the level of support for the
RAFs post-war disarmament teams was reduced by ten RAF
Regiment squadrons. Another result was that medical employment
standards for home service had to be reduced so that the UK-based
squadrons could be manned by men who had been medically
downgraded, thus releasing fully-fit gunners for overseas service.
As Signalman wrote above many of the rifle and armoured car sqns did serve in the line over the winter of 1944/45 attached to British and Canadian units.On 31st December 1944 83 Group had six RAF Regiment wing
headquarters, with nine LAA, two rifle and two armoured car
squadrons under command. In No.84 Group the count was eight wing
headquarters with ten LAA, five rifle and two armoured car squadrons
while 85 Group had two wing headquarters with five rifle and two
armoured car squadrons. 2 Group contained one wing headquarters
and seven rifle squadrons. One rifle squadron was retained as the
defence force for HQ Allied Expeditionary Air Forces.
By the 18th February 1945 the number of
RAF Regiment squadrons in 2 TAF had risen to a total of 65: 28
LAA, 31 rifle and six armoured car squadrons.