A photo album was contributed to our website and the most interesting photos of the lot are showcased here. The photo album belonged to an airman named “Ken” who appeared to have served in India in 1942 and 1943. Last name is unknown.
He was in UK in 1941 and at RAF Station Wetherfield. Likely shipped out from Liverpool – as there is a photo of him in UK dated 16th May 1942.
In India, he was in Bengal area in 1942, Chittagong (Sept 42 to March 43) and Bareilly (Sept 1943), Calcutta in 1944, Darjeeling in 1944 before he returned to UK and got married in August 1946
“Ken” is on right in this photograph taken at Bareilly in September 1943 Ken (left) and his friends in Chittagong in May 1943 Westland Lysander II P9062 served with the Bengal Communication Flight that operated out of Dum-Dum. The aircraft was written off in November 1942, thus dating these images between June and November of 1942. In the background are seen another Lysander, a Blenheim and a DC-2. A Vickers Valentia (re-engined Victoria) – JR8231 . No history of this aircraft survives. But the same aircraft can be seen in another photo at https://www.rafcommands.com/galleries/var/resizes/SEAC/Mike-Medland/Victoria-III-J8231.jpg?m=1521387967 sporting an all silver scheme from Kohat. Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta “Aurora”, DG454. The aircraft is noted to have crashlanded in the Sundarbans and then burnt in site as it was deemed unsalvageable on 6 April 1942. That seems in conflict with these photos which apparently were taken after May 1942 in eastern India. Did Ken reach India in April?. Also note the lack of propeller on the far left engine.. A Bristol Blenheim seen at the same airfield One of the few DC-2s that have been impressed by the RAF for WW2 Service. While no visible markings exist, the presence of a door on the starboard side indicates its service with American Airlines. Only five or six examples served in the RAF in India with this configuration. The fuselage code “T” provides a clue – the aircraft was likely VT-AOT which was in turn possibly DG472 that was flying with No.31 Squadron An unidentified Hudson. A DC-3 in CNAC markings – with Chinese script on the underside – no doubt preparing for a flight over the Hump. Unmarked Curtis P-40s staging through an airfield. The aircraft carry “P-xxx” codes on tail and were likely destined to the Chinese Air Force. Another P-40, this time featuring the Tigershark scheme. The undersurface of the port wing shows the Republic of China Air Force markings A B-24 Liberator landing. Quite LIkely the same B-24A 40-2375 seen below. B-24 Liberators and C-47s at the airfield. The Liberator marked “75” is likely “40-2375”, a B-24As used by US diplomats and senior officers on global trips before and after Pearl Harbor . (Info via Mick West)