One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Robert Gronow
1921 - 1993

RAF Servicing Commando
Loving son of Harold Russell Gronow & Rose Williams & Beloved husband of Edith Broadhurst.

The RAF Servicing Commandos have received scant recognition from those who write about the Second World War RAF history, and yet they made a vital contribution to keeping the front- line aircraft flying at key times and in several theatres of war. On the 22nd January 1942 Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, when he was Commodore Combined operations, recommended that a number of Servicing Commandos be created within the R.A.F. In due course 12 units were formed in the United Kingdom, together with a further 3 units in the Middle East Command. They comprised a total of some 2400 Officers, N.C.Os and other ranks, mostly volunteers, and all of them skilled tradesmen capable of working on all types of aircraft to keep them flying under all kinds of conditions. (Medals awarded: The 1939-1945 Star, The France & Germany Star, The Africa Star, The Italy Star, The Defence Medal & The War Medal.)

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