Dear Royal Air Force,

I have been researching a friends father who was a navigator in 518 Squadron lastly based in Tiree, Scotland. A squadron in Coastal Command, their prime task was weather reconnaissance and indeed were a critical factor in the dalay of D-Day by one day. All of my findings are anecdotal as there is no official information regarding the squadron, nor the personnel within the squadron. Details of other Coastal Commend squadrons are freely available but I have discovered that operations and service records for 518 Squadron have been subject to the 75 year rule.

I am hoping that the imminent release of documents relating to 518 Squadron will shed some light on this and explain why my friend has been unable to see her father's service record. The documents are due for release later in 2019, September I think. Please will you advise me on how I can view these documente when they become available?

Yours faithfully,

Tony Shew

Stevenson, Paul B2 (DBS CIO-KI Records-Lead), Royal Air Force

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Dear Tony Shew,

 

Please find attached a response to your FOI request reference 2019/01357.

 

 

Defence Business Services

Knowledge and Information

Records Review Freedom of Information Team

 

 

 

Dear Stevenson, Paul B2 (DBS CIO-KI Records-Lead),

Thank you for this information. However one of my questions was that as I am unsure of the date that these documents are to be released (I think September 2019) and the actual date would be helpful to continue my research.

Yours sincerely,

Tony Shew

Stevenson, Paul B2 (DBS CIO-KI Records-Lead), Royal Air Force

Dear Tony Shew,

Thank you for your-email.

These records are open (i.e. available for the public to view) now.

Paul Stevenson
DBS Knowledge and Information Pillar
Records Assistant Head
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Dear Stevenson, Paul B2 (DBS CIO-KI Records-Lead),
I'm really sorry but this is totally inadequate. I am trying to ascertain when documents will become de-classified and you are not providing me with the answers. You say that these documents are already available to view but they are not! The National archives show that 518 squadron was disbanded in January 1944. I have documentary proof that this is not the case. Not only do I have anecdotal evidence from former members but I also have flight logs dated beyond this date.
I have indicated that 518 squadron is subject to the 75 year rule and all you seem to do is confirm that curent documents exist, which are wrong. If you can't, or won't put some effort into providing this information under the F.O.I laws then parhaps I should contact my MP.

Yours sincerely,

Tony Shew

Stevenson, Paul B2 (DBS CIO-KI Records-Lead), Royal Air Force

I am out of office to 25 Mar 19. If urgent, please call my mobile on 07800
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Stevenson, Paul B2 (DBS CIO-KI Records-Lead), Royal Air Force

Dear Mr Shew,

Thank you for your e-mail.

As previously advised, a search of the MOD Archives has not identified the information you have requested; any information that has survived will be at The National Archives. That information at The National Archives relating to 518 Squadron (which our last response and my follow on e-mail referred to) is open and available to the public to view.

Should you hold any official documentation then please return it to the address below my signature block. If you are aware of where any other official documentation may be held then please let me know.

Paul Stevenson
DBS Knowledge and Information Pillar
Records Assistant Head
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