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DRAKE, Billy (#168)

…advertisement in Aeroplane magazine, he joined the RAF just before his 18th birthday and was commissioned a few months later having qualified as a pilot. ROYAL AIR FORCE: WEST AFRICA COMMAND, 1941-1945. Squadron Leader Billy Drake stands in the cockpit of his Hawker Hurricane Mark IIB, BD897, at Hastings, Sierra…

LLOYD-OWEN, David (#273)

“Danger has some kind of satanic appeal to me. I am drawn towards it in an octopus-like grip of fear.” “Wartime commander of the Long Range Desert Group who thrived on danger in North Africa and the Balkans. MAJOR-GENERAL DAVID LLOYD OWEN, who has died aged 83, commanded the Long…

FRASER-HARRIS, Alexander B (#218)

Commodore Alexander Beaufort ‘Fraser’ FRASER-HARRIS DSC* CD** US LofM RN & RCN NOVA SCOTIA. 803, 759, 801 & 807 SQNs, HMS Glorious’ SKUAS Bombing of Königsberg, BERGEN, FURIOUS, N.AFRICA ,CDR OP TRG in South Africa

STEVENS, Steve (#193)

…BERLIN AIRLIFT, here signing for the wider operations of the SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE, its armed forces and strategic base facilities: post-war he became an early air missionary in Africa, the beginning of the Mission Air Fellowship, now with over 200 aircraft being flown in more than 25 countries worldwide….

DAW, John (#195)

…blue, green and dark blue of the ARMY’s RQYAL CORPS of SIGNALS, by 1945 165.000 strong (9% ATS); war service from POLAND (his group was met by Gen. Carton de Wiart VC DS0, Belgian born, twice wounded in the Boer War, eye lost WW1 East Africa in 1914, then 8…

BRIDGE, John (#154)

…to South Africa aboard Empress of Japan; investigation of mine damage to HMS Hecla; dealing with German mines washed ashore; teaching demonstrations on bomb disposal to South African officers at Cape Town; work destroying defective ammunition at Ganspan; reasons for learning to dive; attitude of white South African to Second…

LEWIN, Baron (#111)

Alan Pollock’s Rough Notes: A work in progress – the fuller biographies will emerge in due course: please sign up to the Newsletter (bottom of the page) and we’ll let you know when we’ve done more justice in writing up our extraordinary signatories. VALIANT & ASHANTI; N. AFRICA, MALTA GC+RUSSIAN…

KINCADE, Paul B (#240)

…stay in the US NAVY for 27 years, having three WW2 Campaign Battle Stars for the AMERICAN Theatre of War, EUROPE & AFRICA and the PACIFIC; in SIGNALS & also as GUNNER’s MATE. He began with the NAVAL ARMED GUARD (with 2.710 dead, they had the HIGHEST CASUALTY RATE; he…

BRYAN, Wendy (#6)

…and D Gorrie; seated, from left, P/O s Frank Carey (adjutant), F/L J.I. Kilmartin, S/L George Lott, F/L RC Reynell and S/L CB Hull DFC (South African)”. Three hours later, Reynell and Hull were killed in action. Remembrance Day, 2013. Wendy Bryan and her husband, Captain Gerald BRYAN CMG CVO…

WINSKILL, AL (#208)

…232 were posted to North Africa to provide air support to the 1st Army in Algeria and Tunisia. He was shot down again in January 1943, this time off the Tunisian coast, but was rescued by local fishermen and taken to the shore. Here he once again evaded capture, made…

PEARSON, Alastair S (#113)

…you know when we’ve done more justice in writing up our extraordinary signatories. ‘One of the most highly regarded soldiers of the Parachute Regiment and British Army’. For: TERRITORIALS, 6Bn HIGHLAND Lt Infy, 1st ARMY, 1PARA & PARA BDE Ops in North Africa TORCH 1942-3, the SICILY & NORMANDY Invasions…

SLY, Ted (#276)

…fighter operations of the ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE in particular in North Africa and also New Guinea, who initially joined the 7th Light Horse quickly joined the RAAF. After training in Rhodesia he joined No.452 RAAF Squadron in England and was fortunate to serve with ‘Bluey’ Truscott in the UK…

DUNN, Patrick Hunter (#15)

…of No 71, a training unit based first at Ismalia and then in Khartoum. He was later chief flying instructor. After staff appointments in the Middle East, Dunn was sent home via West Africa for a brief posting with No 204, flying Sunderlands, then to London for a staff position…

ROWLAND, John N (#243)

…He was awarded a DSO. In December 1944 he was seconded to BOAC, flying from Bristol. He remained with the airline after the war and flew routes to West Africa, the Middle East and to India. He was one of the first pilots to land at Heathrow Airport after its…

GILLARD, George (#274)

…an overseas BBC war correspondent he would cover the campaigns in North Africa, Italy, Normandy and up to Berlin between 1941and 1945. Frank Gillard was educated at Wellington School, Somerset, and St Luke’s College, Exeter, there gaining a London University BSc and was a pre-war teacher and made some broadcast…

ROWLANDS, John (#83)

…in Kent, to attend the Advanced Armament Course. At the end of the course he became superintendent of fuse design at their Armament Design Department. In the next two years he travelled to North Africa, Italy and Germany, working just behind the Allied forces’ front line, examining and reporting on…

MANSER, Frank Stanley (#181)

…in NORTH AFRICA including SOUK el ARBA, TAMERA, Djebel Mansour and SICILY’s PRIMOSOLE / CATANIA, then later at ARNHEM by Dakota drop, with take-off from Bourn, where he was shot, part saved on capture by being unsupported well forward, fighting, as always, “with a Thompson machine gun and a Colt…

ROBERTS, David (#207)

…as “Fearless, of impeccable appearance and iron-hard constitution”, inspiring the next generation of RAF officers. He then commanded 20 (Field) Wing RAF Regiment in Aden, giving him command of internal security in Aden, East Africa and Somaliland. Next, he commanded 3 Wing RAF Regiment in Cyprus, heavily involved in the…

FOSTER, Bill (#265)

…formed to protect the Roval Dockyards from invasion and then through its 2nd Hampshire Artillery and Garrison Volunteers becoming 1st Wessex Royal Field Artillery for South Africa and in 1916 RA against the Turks in the Middle East in Dec 1916. His war service though does not just incorporate here…

COLE, Winefred (#288)

…additional contribution to UK forces of the BRITISH LATIN AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS Most Latin American countries had ambivalent attitudes to WW2 but a considerable proportion of Argentinian citizens opposed the nation’s official neutralist stance. Over 750 Argentine volunteers fought in the British, South African and Canadian Air Forces, with many on…

BROADHURST, Harry (#22)

…IN THE NORTH AFRICAN DESERT, APRIL 1943. A Royal Air Force Intelligence Officer sounds an improvised gong to call air crews for briefing on an airfield in the North West African desert. Copyright: © IWM TR 819 THE ROYAL AIR FORCE IN THE LIBYAN DESERT, MAY 1943. Crew of No…

CROSLEY, R Michael (#234)

…which to grab his life jacket from the aircrews’ briefing room before she rolled over and sank. He quickly joined 800 Naval Air Squadron, flying from the escort carrier Biter during Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. On November 8 he shot down two Vichy French fighters in…

JOHNSON, James E (#21)

…– Middle East Air Forces, Aden. Johnson rated the latter command “the best air vice-marshal’s job in the Air Force”. After retirement from the RAF in 1965, he sat on company boards in Britain, Canada and South Africa. He also launched, and until 1989 ran, the Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust,…

KILMARTIN, JI (#35)

…Catterick but the posting was changed and he went instead to West Africa. Kilmartin took command of 128 Squadron at Hastings, Sierra Leone in March 1942 and led it until August, when he returned to the UK. In November he went to 504 Squadron at Middle Wallop, as supernumerary Squadron…

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