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    I have seen a figure of 25 Presentation Lancasters. Does anyone know who presented them and were there any presentation Halifaxes?

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    Henry's "Gifts of War" lists just one Lancaster KB999 "Malton Mike".

    Three Halifaxes are detailed but no serial numbers. These presented by Madras Presidency for 35 sqdn and named "Coimbatore", "Kistna" and "West Godavari"

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    Ian: Does the book provide any more details on the links between No. 35 Squadron and the Madras Presidency?

    Does anyone else have any further information?

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    Hello Pete,

    It would appear that the link is made from IWM photos ref Nos CH6500/1 and CH6759.

    Ian

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    The IWM has now sent me copies of the photographs mentioned in the book and the words "Coimbatore" and "Kistna" are shown under the words "Madras Presidency" on the aircraft (no mention of "West Godavari" that I can see). Would I be correct to assume that these were regions?

    Also, the caption states that Bewan Behadur S.E. Ranganadhan is shown beneath the plane. Does anyone know what his link is to Madras Presidency?

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    Pete

    Erstwhile Madras Presidency comprises of present day Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh states. Coimbatore, west Godavari and Kistna (Krishna) are districts in these states. Latter two named after major rivers flowing through them.

    Sir S E Runganadhan was a well known judge/law maker who was appointed as the Indian High Commissioner in London during WW2. He is seen in many photos in UK involving some sort of Indian contributions. He hails from Madras Presidency area. his son Henry Runganadhan trained at Cranwell in 1935. Died in 1942, subject of another thread in the seac section.

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    Thanks Jagan

    Are you aware of any short articles which summarise the contribution from India during WWII (just to put the No. 35 Squadron donations into some sort of context).

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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteT View Post
    Thanks Jagan

    Are you aware of any short articles which summarise the contribution from India during WWII (just to put the No. 35 Squadron donations into some sort of context).

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    Pete

    ..this is a great place to start https://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/h...squadrons.html

    During war time an official booklet was published .. i have some photographs and scans here.. Note there are already other "Madras" Squadrons - and the names are repeated..


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    Thanks again Jagan; much appreciated as always

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    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Jagan

    I am revisiting this subject and wondered if you have the complete "official booklet"; if so, are there any references to the donations made to No. 35 Squadron?

    I have posted an enquiry on the website that you highlighted to see if they have any other "source" documents that I can utilise.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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