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    Many thanks Ross - so there might be an Indian link, albeit not the one I thought. I know I'm pushing my luck, but do you know Harris' whereabouts at that time? As I said my interest is in the civilian, if indeed he is a meteorologist, and if I have the location the identification is easy.

    Another thought crosses my mind - if it is 1928 they might all be celebrating the fact that the RAF were no longer responsible for the met services, as per the 1927 Air Force Estimates (Flight, 10 March 1927), and (some) were going home. That would also explain the doleful expression on the civilian's face!

    Dave,

    I suggest you direct the Rootschat people to this forum.

    Brian
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    Does anyone know whether there are any publications for the following stations as Harris was commander during the following periods?

    RAF Hucknell 3 Jan 1938 to 11 Aug 1938
    RAF Stradishall April 1940 to January 1941?

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    The instrument between the F/L's legs is a Finemann nephoscope, used for obtaining upper winds from cloud movement. The technique was used operationally until the end of WW2, and the equipment remained on many stations until the 1960s - I can remember doing the odd NEPH (the name of the coded met message) out of curiosity myself whilst at Upavon circa 1967.

    As cloud heights were estimated the wind speeds so obtained were approximate. As an aside, during the early 1920s a forecaster, using nephoscope observations of cirrus clouds, identified the belt of strong upper winds (20 years later rediscovered as the 'jetstream' by the Americans) that often accompany frontal systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amrit View Post
    Does anyone know whether there are any publications for the following stations as Harris was commander during the following periods?

    RAF Hucknell 3 Jan 1938 to 11 Aug 1938
    RAF Stradishall April 1940 to January 1941?

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    Amrit,

    Royal Air Force Stradishall, 1938-70
    by Spencer Adams, Jock Whitehouse, Jock Whitehead

    But hard to come by.

    Errol

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    Gentlemen,
    thank you for your splendid thoughts.
    Brian, looks as if what comes around goes around as it looks as if the holder of the photo has been in touch with The Royal Meteorological Society and this is probably the source of that query. She found it behind an old family photo that dated from 1915 and there is nothing obvious to her as to a family connection.
    She cannot get a better resolution to her scan.
    I will give her the link to this thread.
    If the chap is Harris, I'm smiling at the suggestion that it marks his promotion - or the hand over to civilian operation hence "the doleful expression on the civilian's face".
    On the Ehle/Harris front, an e-mail to Ms Harris' agent has bounced, but I will persevere.
    And so to bed - to dream - of have nightmares about Finemann nephoscopes.
    Dave

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    Dave,

    The first print on the Rootschat website is infinitely better than the one I have, my colleagues is just as poor. It's just possible that if I had a copy of that on Rootschat I could do something with it - I'll try anything once.

    Brian

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    The announcement of Harris' appointment to 39 Sqn mentions that he is a specialist in meteorology.

    (London Times, 20 May 1930)

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    Gentlemen,

    When I read you, it is like to read a novel of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle !!

    Chapeau, Messieurs !!

    Amicalement Alain.

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    Ken,
    nice one! And a search for him at The Times without his middle name brings more details and a nice potted history upon his appointment to Cranwell.
    Brian, I hope the Rootschat lady will be sending you a scan soon.
    Alain...excuse us, It is just 'les Anglais' getting stuck into a dog's dinner -but I do not know how that would translate into coloquial French.
    Amicalement
    Dave

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    Alain,
    Be careful here or you might get involved in the technical differences betwen a "dog's dinner", a "dog's breakfast", or even a "pig's ear" as English expressions for something not altogether straightforward!!!!
    Amicalement
    Peter Davies

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