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- People in story:
- Thomas M. Needham
- Location of story:
- Various locations - Shropshire
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- Civilian Force
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- 11 October 2005
The Group HQ for No27 Group was in the basement of the Old County Council Offices on the south east side of the square. The Group Commander for No 27 Group was Harry Gornall an electrical installation contractor with offices in Mardol. His deputy was H. H. Houghton who was my headmaster at the Priory. One of the operational supervisors was Walter Lloyd the senior geography master.
During the summer holidays in 1940, myself and six other boys had the task of copying the location of the Observer Corps posts on the Ordnance Survey Maps which were then trimmed and joined together to form the plotting table in the basement of the old County Buildings.
The nearest of the observation posts was L2 at Hadnall, L1 was at Nesscliffe and L3 at Prees Heath. My father who had served in the First World War in the Coldstream Guards was deputy Controller at L1 and the Village School Master, Mr Worth was Controller. I was on the post when the Lancaster Squadron (The Dam Busters) flew overhead on their way to practise on a North Wales reservoir.
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