I would like to introduce a forthcoming book about Liberators with No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF. I had the opportunity to be one of many helpers and I can strongly recommend this book as the main author is the greatest expert on B-24 Liberator in the RAF service subject I have ever met! Continue reading B24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service – 311 Squadron
Memoir of Fred Whittaker of 30 Sqdn
Fred Whittaker took part in 30 Sqdn’s battle with the Japanese in Ceylon in April ’42. He wrote a short memoir of his wartime activities. The following is a transcription of notes Fred Whittaker made of his RAF career, clearly to give a talk (possibly to the Businessmen`s Club in Irvine, of which he was a member). They have been, to a very slight degree, edited and tidied up, because the originals were in some cases rough drafts, and the same material which appeared in different forms has here been amalgamated.
Editorial comments are in italics. From the point marked with a line of asterisks the memoirs are unedited, apart from the correction of obvious slips of the pen, changes to punctuation and the insertion of a paragraph from the end of the notes, clearly marked “Intro”, into its proper place. Continue reading Memoirs of Sgt Fred Whittaker – Hurricane Pilot
On 31st August 1941, Wellington W5577 of No.12 Squadron RAF failed to return from a raid on Bologne. Two of the crew members are known to be in the montage above, but trying to identify them exactly is turning out to be difficult. Continue reading Putting a face to a name – 12 Squadron RAF
Blood, Sweat and Courage : 41 Squadron RAF 1939-1942 by Steve Brew
Published by : Fonthill Media (http://fonthillmedia.com )
Published 14 December 2014
Pages 960 with over 400 B&W Illustrations
Hardcover with Dust Jacket
RRP GBP£35.00 / USD$50.00 / AUD$75.00
41(R) Squadron is one of the oldest Royal Air Force squadrons still in existence; it will celebrate its Centenary in 2016. The unit has seen service from World War I, through Policing Duties in Aden in the 1930s, throughout World War II, and more recently in the First Gulf War and Yugoslavia. However, its History has barely been told. Continue reading Blood, Sweat and Courage : 41 Squadron RAF 1939-1942
The Medals of Squadron Leader R G Woodman are being offered for sale by DNW on 11th December 2014 . Estimated to fetch £8,000 – £12,000
Groups and Single Decorations For Gallantry
A fine Second World War night fighter ace’s D.S.O., D.F.C. group of five awarded to Squadron Leader R. G. “Tim” Woodman, Royal Air Force, who claimed at least seven confirmed victories in Mosquito Continue reading The Medals of Sqn Ldr R G Woodman
Almost exactly to the day, 72 years ago, two Australians lost their lives taking off from Begumpet Airfield in Hyderabad, India. The accident happened when Vengeance AN944, an aircraft newly built and inducted into service by No.82 Squadron RAF, was in the process of taking off from Begumpet for the flight to Madras. At the controls were Flying Officer Edward Loughrey REIS with Sgt MARKLEW as his gunner. Continue reading A Vengeance crash at Begumpet, Hyderabad, India, 72 years ago.
Paul King’s father, Irving Isaac Kremler was stationed all over Israel and Egypt during WW2 and he kept a war photo album. He died in 2000 and left behind the photo album to Paul. Kremler was with 108 squadron in 1942 as shown by a Chrismas Dinner Menu in the album. Rest of the photographs clearly show an association with a Repair and Salvage Unit in the middle east – especially Palestine.
On September 8th, 2014, at a small ceremony at the United Services Institute, Air Marshal S S Soman launched the book Spitfires in the Sun : A History of the Supermarine Spitfire in Indian Air Force Service 1944-1957 by Vikram Singh. Continue reading New Book: Spitfires in the Sun – service in the Indian Air Force