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    Default 211 Squadron RAF

    As the bushfire risk to suburban Canberra at long last eased this week, felt moved to make another small update to my 211 Squadron RAF website.

    Details are, as usual, shown here:
    While major site additions came to a natural close with the 70th and 75th Anniversary updates of March and April 2016, smaller revisions like this continue, on 31 July each year or more immediately as needed.

    I also closed the site for correspondence in 2016, however, this page may help any new readers:
    These pages may also be of general help
    Given the nature of the RAF Commands board (which looks set to be the last of the really useful, collaborative and determinedly civil RAF discussion boards), I think I ought to explain myself a little further.

    After nearly 25 years research and 19 years on line, all for a single RAF Squadron, it was past time to step back. I'm getting old and there are still bikes to ride, photos to take, bush to walk and health to manage.
    My website as it stands covers all the material and sources available to me about the Squadron and ought, I hope, to provide some information for most queries, without re-opening correspondence for enquiries.

    That said, by re-activating a long abandoned RAF Commands user account, I thought to be still able to help a little from time to time, with some other board topics, if only at the rate and with the privacy that suits me.
    I should add that I'm really deeply reluctant to pass on my email address or to have it passed on and I'm not keen on off-board discussions.

    If I can contribute within these limits, I'll do my best to do so and hope that these rather long-winded remarks read constructively, which is my intent.

    Don Clark
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    Default Re: 211 Squadron RAF

    Updated the website 13 April 2020, as noted:
    http://www.211squadron.org/site_updates.html


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    211 Squadron website access

    I don't expect many of you visit my website often, or at any great length. I thought, though, that I ought to mention that in recent weeks, host server errors have begun to arise every few days.

    To date the dropouts have been brief, a matter of minutes only. When these happen, instead of my website pages, you'll see a terse page from the host saying only
    HTTP 500 Internal Server Error.
    That is, a technical error at my web hosting service. They are nothing to do with my own system or my website updates nor are they a security problem.

    My website has been with the same web hosting service since 2013. Access has been robust and stable for the most part since then, including a trouble-free server/software upgrade in April 2019.

    As you might expect, host tech support is quite restricted at present. I do monitor my website often, as a matter of course. As long as the errors remain a brief and temporary nuisance, I'll leave raising a support request.

    In the meantime, if you encounter the HTTP 500 error advice on visiting www.211squadron.org pages, just check back in a few minutes.

    Please excuse my frequent posting re my own work...
    Don Clark
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    Last edited by Don Clark; 15th April 2020 at 02:09.
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    Postscript
    When posting about particular theatres and service matters where the 211 Squadron story may be relevant and of interest, I've been inclined to include one or several links to pages/sections of my site.
    It now appears that for a period soon after making such a post, my host server throws it's apron over its face along with either a HTTP 500 error, or a server respond time out.
    My tech skills are pretty limited and for the most part my host provides a good service - as it ought for the fees I pay for a strictly non-commercial info site...

    Though stability had returned in recent days, since a post earlier today, instability has returned. So, my conclusion is for the moment to cease scattering own-site illustrative links about the place here -post hoc arguing, I know.

    However, I've edited that post to take the 211 links out.
    I'll rethink that and my signature - I've little skill, time or patience to spare for digital puzzles.

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    Last edited by Don Clark; 28th April 2020 at 07:57.
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    Default Re: 211 Squadron RAF

    After the experiences noted above, stable access to my website returned and has continued.

    Including illustrative material by links in posts can be quite useful in my opinion, and it has taken a little while for another way to come to mind.

    In the NLA's PANDORA web archive, found through Trove, my website for 211 Squadron is archived annually.

    So in recent posts, when relevant, I've chosen to link to the latest archive copy (as above).
    Works satisfactorily.
    Were the past dropouts in fact due to my links habit or some other glitch? Cannot say.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 21st September 2020 at 21:29.
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    Finding material on my 211 Squadron website
    Broad look:
    see Site Summary http://www.211squadron.org/site_summary.html and/or
    see site pages menu, LHS, all pages: links to every page.

    Exact search: (eg Date, Name, Service no, a/craft serial, place) try
    "your search" site:www.211squadron.org
    in whatever engine you choose eg DDG & OneSearch both useful, least intrusive, least wilful "focussing".
    Cannot now recommend Google.
    See also http://www.211squadron.org/site_search.html

    Within page search:
    [Ctrl F] your text

    Some broader thoughts
    On forum requests and replies
    Chose to "show my workings", for the OP and for other readers now and later,
    to offer useful, checkable info now
    and tips on how and where to look further, in future, on current & other topics.

    Terse requests and replies like "I have XYZ" could be far more helpful with source and background, even brief.
    Of interest, value and immediate use, leading to more relevant replies with less work, regardless of any supposed "expertise".

    The again, what a poster posts is up to them.
    Their choice, their responsibility. Not the readers.

    The sum of it all
    I'm just a retired old scribbler trying to "get it straight" out of respect for those who were there, then, whether they lived or died and wherever they be today:
    the very few quietly at home, the many lazing eternally together in the shade of an olive grove, a sugar factory and an attap hut all far far away.

    The price I pay for writing and keeping my 211 Squadron history the way I do is not only sombre reflection on all the men lost but also the attention required
    to have compiled and to still edit a complex set of source records and personal accounts single-handed
    to find and address the endless tide of site plunderers, great and small, who plagiarise text (in breach of copyright) and copy images (despite clear site use conditions)
    with no acknowledgement and almost invariably abusive indignation when addressed.

    This cost I carry out of respect for the hard service and heavy loss of ordinary men far from home doing far from ordinary things in dire times, some number of whom I have been fortunate to know.

    My 211 Squadron site will continue to be updated at least annually for as long as I'm able: always noted at Site updates http://www.211squadron.org/site_updates.html.
    The site will remain on-line for the long-term and as noted, archived annually in PANDORA at Trove

    My membership here remains though I now stand down from posting.
    Thank you for your interest and good fortune with your projects.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 24th January 2021 at 22:37.
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    Today, 13 April, being the 80th anniversary of 211 Squadron's fatal 1941 Easter Sunday raid in Greece, updated my website to mark the occasion with some appropriate revisions.

    Details as usual:
    http://www.211squadron.org/site_updates.html

    Don Clark
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    Default 211 Squadron RAF URL history

    Following on from recent posts noting website link updates (eg http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...006#post163006)...

    My work for 211 Squadron RAF has been going on since 1996 and as a website since 2001.

    From 2011 to 2013, my site was hosted in the "free" hosting area of a succession of ISPs with differing amounts of space and differing indifferent levels of "service".

    Over the past 20 years, links to my site have been shown here and elsewhere, some of them by my posts, plenty by others (and so not always known to me then or now).

    A thorough internet search should find a high proportion of these outdated links. For most, posting the updated URL address is either impractical or impossible.

    Coming across such old addresses, many a reader may turn to a fresh, focussed search to readily reach the current page. Others may be less able to find their way.

    And of course, over the years since 2001, many pages have been added, and certainly every single page has been revised as new information came to hand or as I detected errors.

    So, a summary list of past URLs for my 211 Squadron RAF site may be of possible aid to readers making deep searches (or for others puzzled by the seeming proliferation of non-functional addresses). While my site URL www.211squadron.org has existed for many years, from 2001 to 2012, individual page addresses were at the URLs listed below:

    April 2001 to September 2003: users.bigpond.com/clardo/
    September 2003 to July 2005: members.aardvark.net.au/clardo/
    August 2005 to September 2012: users.cyberone.com.au/clardo/
    September 2012 to March 2013: members.iinet.net.au/~clardo/

    21 March 2013: Full commercial hosting of www.211squadron.org
    thus bringing all individual pages addresses/links under that URL.

    2021
    31 July: Regular annual minor site update
    6 August: annual PANDORA "take".

    Archived copies
    NLA PANDORA/Trove
    Thanks to National Library of Australia, more or less annual set of complete "takes" from 2002 & ongoing:
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.arc-24825

    The Internet Archive
    (www.archive.org)
    NO copies of my site.

    archive.today, archive.is + numerous clones
    Unauthorised outdated clandestine partial takes, not of my choice, unresponsive to complaint.

    A convenient place to once more step back, I do hope. Time to pull on a jersey and get cycling. Yesterday spent the afternoon walking the bush tracks of Black Mountain on a bright crisp day, in the company of two good friends and the sight of a pair of wedge-tail eagles on the soar.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 4th July 2021 at 23:32.
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    Default Erratum

    At my Post #8 above:
    For
    "From 2011 to 2013, my site was hosted in the "free" hosting area of a succession of ISPs"
    Read
    "From 2001 to 2013, my site was hosted in the "free" hosting area of a succession of ISPs"
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    Re "2021/ 31 July: Regular annual minor site update" at #8 above, 4/5 Jul...

    Now online, summary here as usual:
    http://www.211squadron.org/site_updates.html

    LO
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