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KILMARTIN, JI (#35)

…behind the Maginot Line, near to France’s frontier with Germany. Operations in France Operations in France In October 1939, the squadron moved to Vassincourt, where it became a part of the AASF, ready for operations over the front line. This force included ten squadrons of Fairey Battle light bombers, together…

DRAKE, Billy (#168)

…mess at Neuville-sur-Ornain, France, in 1940 Interview with Billy Drake ‘During World War II, in 1940, four days into the ‘Blitzkrieg’ Hurricane Pilot Billy Drake, was shot at over France, he baled out and survived.’ IWM’s Oral History by Billy Drake REEL 1 Background in GB and Switzerland, 1917-1936: family;…

LAFONT, Henri Lucien (#160)

Henry in a Hurricane ‘mad with rage’ to see France occupied, Lafont dramatically escaped Vichy-held Algeria for England – the last of the 13 French pilots in the Battle of Britain. Signed in memory of his friends Commandant René MOUCHOTTE, Bernard DUPÉRIER , and some 300 French pilots killed in…

WINSKILL, AL (#208)

…at RAF Drem, 12/1940. Recollections of operations as pilot with 41 Sqdn, No 11 Group, Fighter Command, RAF in GB, 1/1941-8/1941: fighter sweeps over northern France; memories of Wing Commander Douglas Bader; tactics employed on fighter sweeps; his shooting down over France, 14/8/1941; aid from French Resistance to evade capture…

HODGES, Lewis (#34)

…of the RAF’s most highly decorated pilots; after an audacious escape from occupied France and an outstanding record flying clandestine operations in Europe and the Far East he went on to have a distinguished peacetime career. ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945. (CH 2249) Squadron Leader James Wheeler, a Flight…

JOHNSON, James E (#21)

…on German targets in France – highlighting the lack of a suitable long-range Allied escort fighter. In this diary, though, we get a glimpse of the real Johnnie, a remarkable document on both an historical and human level. This book, Johnnie Johnson’s 1942 Diary: The War Diary of the Spitfire…

WEST, Ferdinand (#28)

…England’s declaration of war with Germany. West travelled back to London, and enlisted as a Private, in the Royal Army Medical Corps (to his own dismay as he wanted immediate action in France). He then applied for transfer for several months before being accepted for a commission in the Royal…

ANNAND, Richard W (#44)

…returned at once to the original position and brought him back in a wheelbarrow before losing consciousness as a result of his wounds. For two days Annand jolted through France in a Belgian hospital train without food or water. He no sooner arrived at the hospital in Calais than it…

DEERE, Alan C (#49)

…French fighter wing through D-Day and the liberation of France before returning to staff duty in England. Deere finished the war as New Zealand’s second-highest-scoring air ace – behind Colin Gray – with 22 confirmed victories, 10 probable victories and 18 damaged. He was awarded an Order of the British…

CHESHIRE, Geoffrey Leonard (#31)

…Americans. After honing his skills, he took part in major raids against industrial heartlands in Germany and occupied France and attacks on V1 and V2 launch sites and the V3 ‘Vengeance’ guns in Northern France using bunker-busting ‘Tallboy’ bombs. In one raid on a factory in Limoges, Leonard insisted on…

DAVID, W Dennis (#18)

…a DFC and Bar in the space of five days during the Battle of France in 1940. David was just 21 at the time. The awards reflected his feat of destroying at least 11 enemy aircraft within a few days while covering the retreat of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF)….

BIRD-WILSON, Harold A C ‘Birdie’ (#32)

…Squadron, flying Spitfires in offensive sweeps over northern France. The next year, he received his first two squadron commands, Nos 152 and 66 Squadrons. These gave air cover to convoys and escorted day bombers over France. F/O Harold AC “Birdie” Bird-Wilson of No 17 Squadron RAF sits in the officers…

MAX, Roy (#289)

…No 103 Squadron, equipped with the Fairey Battle, deployed to France. Max flew patrols throughout the Phoney War, but when the German assault began on May 10 1940 the 10 Battle squadrons in France were immediately in action. Plane: A Fairey Battle, pre-war aircraft used during the ‘Phoney War’. (Credit:…

ROSIER, Fred (#17)

…most serious of a succession of narrow escapes had happened in 1940, when he was leading a detachment of Hurricanes from 229 Squadron in support of the British Expeditionary Force in France. Rosier was shot down in flames at Vitry, near Arras. He bailed out badly burnt and was taken…

SMITH, Irving S (#109)

…operations commanding 487 (RNZAF) Sqdn, No 140 Wing, No 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force, RAF in GB, 1/1944-9/1944: attacks on V1 Flying Bomb sites; preparations for Operation Jericho the raid on Amiens Prison, France, 2/1944; weather conditions and problems of taking off and flying in formation; non appearance of…

WATKINS, Tasker (#256)

…(Obituary courtesy of The Daily Telegraph) Portrait of Tasker Watkins, awarded the Victoria Cross: France, 16 August 1944. © IWM HU 2034 BBC article on Sir Tasker Watkins He may have been awarded the Victoria Cross in World War II, but Sir Tasker Watkins was always uncomfortable about a painting…

LISKUTIN, Miroslav A (#130)

…escaped through Poland, from where he travelled to France. There, he spent some time with the French Foreign Legion, serving in both North Africa and France itself. Again, he had to flee the Nazis, when they invaded France. He escaped to England in a Polish coal ship with 500 others,…

VERITY, Hugh (#87)

…the Second World War; they also picked up aircrew who had been shot down in Occupied France. When Verity and his fellow pilots were picking up “Joes”, as their unidentified passengers were known, the enemy’s occupation forces were danger enough; but this was compounded by the preference for operating on…

CURTIS, Lawrence (#260)

…and the south of France, and it was at the extreme range of the Lancasters. On arrival, Cheshire and Martin were to illuminate the target from low level to allow the rest of the force to drop their bombs. Situated in the hills, Antheor was a particularly difficult target; two…

LEWIS, Gwilym (#30)

World War 1 Flying Ace. RFC & RAF, with 12 WW1 kills No.32 Sqn DH2s in France at 18, was last surviving WWI SE-5 fighter leader on No.40 Sqn, after Central Flying School Lieutenant Commander; WW2 in War Cabinet team reporting to & briefing CHURCHILL. Obituary courtesy of The Independent….

BROADHURST, Harry (#22)

…commanding the Desert Air Force in Italy. Copyright: © IWM CL 3862 ROYAL AIR FORCE CHIEFS IN AIRFIELD CONFERENCE IN FRANCE, 31 JULY 1944 The Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder (left) standing beside his Dakota aircraft in France discussing the latest Air Force and Army…

DUMON, Andrée Antoine (#158)

…end of WWI with the Belgian and French infantry, his lifelong love of adventure, after recuperation in France, abroad again for 8 years in the Congo but his tragic death, thrown alive into a furnace by the retreating Germans late in the war and remember especially her sister, Michous Dumon…

QUILL, Claire (#185)

…was in charge of development and production flying at Vickers Supermarine, a job that he took so seriously that he felt he must obtain first-hand combat experience. Following the fall of France in 1940, he was determined to rejoin a fighter squadron. Forestalling opposition from his employers at Vickers Supermarine,…

BALFOUR, Harold (#13)

Royal Flying Corps ‘Selfie’, taken (without official approval) with a newly available Kodak Box Camera. Courtesy of The Retronaut “A leader of exceptional dash and ability.” An Impression of Lens, France, Seen from an Aeroplane: The Anglo-German Front Line, 1918 by Richard C Carline © Art.IWM ART 2661 Harold Balfour…

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