NEW BOOK: The Westland Wapiti in the Indian Air Force

Westland-Wapiti

 

The first ever book solely devoted to the Westland Wapiti was released yesterday – September 8th at the United Services Institute in India.  “The Westland Wapiti in the Indian Air Force : A Complete History (1933-1943)” covers the history of this Army-Cooperation biplane in the IAF. The Indian Air Force was raised on the Wapiti and operated it for nearly ten years.

Sponsored by the United Services Institute of India, the book is authored by Jagan Pillarisetti.

The book provides a technical overview, including colour profiles and cutaways of both the aircraft and plan drawings of the engines. Squadron and Unit histories, and Individual Aircraft Histories follow. Finally the sole survivor in the IAF Museum in Delhi is examined in detail.

Appendices including the roll of honour, production details, philately and collectibles rounds up this book

RAF Casualty Packs 1939-45 – Catalog

In 2012 the MoD undertook a consultation into the views of interested parties in releasing RAF Casualty Packs from the period 1939 to 1945 to public access at The National Archives. Please note the extent is limited to FB or Battle losses, FA or Accident Losses are excluded from the current consultation.

The 1500 or so Casualty Packs have been organised in sets of 300 records each by Paul McMillan which can be accessed via the following links.

Part1 Part2 Part3 Part4 Part5

AIR 81 – RAF Casualty Packs 1939-45 : Part 1

by Paul McMillan

In 2012 the MoD undertook a consultation into the views of interested parties in releasing RAF Casualty Packs from the period 1939 to 1945 to public access at The National Archives. Please note the extent is limited to FB or Battle losses, FA or Accident Losses are excluded from the current consultation. The Outcome of the consultation has now been published.

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload…alty_Packs.pdf

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Angels Ten!

book cover 001Richard B. Gilman, ex WW2 Spitfire Pilot had published his memoirs “ANGELS TEN!”.
Richard was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1922. During World War II he spent six years in the Royal Air Force. While he insists his service, compared with so many others, was quite unspectacular, he did manage to crash four times including a mid-air collision while returning from an operation off the coast of Nazi-held France.On November 24th, 1941, Richard Gilman crashed his disabled Spitfire V-B at high speed into a mud bank near Shoreham Emergency Airport in Sussex, England. He was only 19 years old.

The accident led to several operations, over a year of hospitalization and many more of recovery…

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