Ronald Piggott

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My father,Ronald Piggott, who died on 25th Sept 2012 aged 91,volunteered for the RAF in 1940.His number was 1621485. He was always interested in things electrical, and was thus assigned to a then secret project that turned out to be the early stages of RADAR, or RDF as he called it. He was sent on a month's crash course at Leeds University and thereafter assigned to a unit as a RADAR mechanic, which job he did throught the war with the rank of corporal. He was stationed at various coastal locations, but particularly at Bawdsey in Suffolk and Fairlight near Hastings.Immediately the war was over he was sent with a mobile GCA unit to the Berlin area, learning to drive the 20 ton articulated truck that housed the mobile radar unit on the way !
He was finally demobbed in 1947 and took up employment in the family furniture retail business. However, he always retained his interest in things electric, building himself a very early TV set and tape recorder, using some parts that he always said were "left over from his time with the RAF"....!As he was one of the youngest in his unit, I doubt that many of his colleagues are still around,but if anyone (or their descendants) should be, I'd be pleased to hear from them.

Added by: William Piggott on 23rd January 2013.


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