Category: Heroism

The George Cross of Wing Commander Leonard Harrison

To be Sold on: 24 February 2016 – Dix Noonan and Webb ‘Wing Commander Leonard Harrison, G.C., who died on July 17 [1989] at the age of 83, was one of Britain’s outstanding bomb disposal experts, who probably defused more unexploded…

70 Years ago today – The crash of Mosquito KB416

Seventy Years ago, Today, 3rd July 1945, De Havilland Mosquito KB416 , of No.627 Squadron crashed at RAF Woodhall Spa. The pilot Flt Lt D N Johnson was attempting to forceland after the misfiring of one of the engines.. A series…

A POW’s memoir – Plt Offr Kenneth McKellar White (Rangoon 1942)

By Hugh Halliday Letter written by P/O Kenneth McKellar White (RAAF) respecting loss of Hudson AE523, No.62 Squadron, 9 September 1942. Precisely how this came to reach his family (and authorities) is unclear, but a copy ended up in the…

In the Skies of Calcutta : A tribute to Maurice Pring

by Joydeep Sircar War came to Calcutta on the night of the 20th December, 1942. The Japanese had overrun Burma by May 1942, chasing the tattered remnants of British-Indian and Chinese troops across the jungle-clad hills of the Indo-Burma border,…

A gripping story behind an adventurous citation

by Hugh A Halliday Behind even the most adventurous citation there may be an even more gripping story. JOHNSTONE, David Malcolm, F/O (86904, Royal Air Force) – No.224 Squadron – Distinguished Service Order – awarded as per London Gazette dated…