1944 Oct - War Diary :

591 (ANTRIM) ARMY FIELD COY R.E.
"Appendix  A"
EXERCISE "YORK"
OPERATIONAL ORDER No.1 (AIR)
Ref Map 1 inch


1. OBJECT
(a) To practice speed in movement to rendezvous after parachute drop.
(b) To practice rapid re-organisation at and move from rendezvous
(c) To practice kitbag dropping for recently qualified parachutists
(d) To march from endezvous back to barracks


2. DATE
4 Oct 44 -alternative 5,10 or 11 Oct


3. TROOPS
12 Parachute Battalion and 591 Parachute Squadron RE


4. DROP ZONE
Map ref: 494608 to 511610 to 511603 to 455602
Run in: EAST to WEST

5. RENDEZVOUS
Building 513608

6. SIGNALS
Two light weight motorcycle horns per troop will be used. Verey lights will NOT be used.

7. AIRFIELD ARRANGEMENTS
Allotments of Aircraft. Aircraft Numbers 32 to 40 (chalk letters) of IX T.C.C. (U.S.)
Details of loading to be issued later.

AIRFIELD: Aldermaston 0285
AIRCRAFT: AVAILABLE FOR LOADING -0700 HRS TO 0800 HRS
CHUTES ISSUED: - by 0700 TO AIRCRAFT
EMPLANE: - by 0900 hrs
Take Off: - 0930 hrs
Drop:-1030 hrs

8. Equipment
Troops will drop with full equipment. Kitbags will under no circumstances exceed 50lbs

9. Move to Airfields and Adm will be issued separately

10. Safety
(a) Officer in charge Drop Zone- Major to be provided by 7 Para Battalion
(b) Mod- 225 Para Field Ambulance to provide Medical Officer and Ambulance

11. Ground Exercises: -to be issued separately


29 Sep 44
G.F. Davidson
Major RE
Commanding 591 (Antrim) Parachute Squadron R.E.
Distribution

Copy No.1

No.1 Troop

Copy No. 8

Military Transport

" 2

No.2 Troop

" 9

C.R.E.

" 3

No. 3 Troop

" 10

War Diary

" 4

O.C.

 " 11

File

" 5-6

2 I/C

" 12-14

Spare

" 7

S.S.M.




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