71 results found for: St. Nazaire (Raid)

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BURN, Michael C (#86)

“I saved her life in the war… and later she became ‘Audrey Hepburn’” “Michael Burn was one of the last survivors of the naval commando raid on St Nazaire, after which he was captured and imprisoned at Colditz. Michael Burn (left) captured, indicating the success of the raid with his…

SMITH, Irving S (#109)

…5 Continues: objective of raid on the Amiens Prison; requirements of low level precision bombing; selection of personnel for raid; reprisal raid on SS unit in Brittany; attack on German armoured division at Poitiers, France, 8/1944; raids to deprive German forces of sleep; lack of German fighter opposition; effectiveness of…

GRAYSTON, Raymond E (#133)

…built at Sagan showing Officers Working in the Grounds of Stalag Luft IIICemetery by B. Ley Kenyon (1944) © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 4705 Grayston landed uninjured but was captured almost immediately. He was sent to Stalag Luft III, remaining there until January 1945 when the PoWs were forced to…

CURTIS, Lawrence (#260)

…replacements for the men lost on the Dam Busters raid. He joined the crew of the Australian Mickey Martin (later Air Marshal Sir Mick Martin), who was described by his CO, Leonard Cheshire, VC, as “the greatest bomber pilot of the war”. Curtis flew on the squadron’s first bombing operation…

SISMORE, Edward ‘Ted’ Barnes ‘Daisy’ (#79)

…some of the most audacious targeted raids of the war and which helped to build Sismore’s later reputation as one of the Air Forces’ finest low-level navigators. ‘On January 30, 1943, the pair led the first of two daylight Mosquito raids on Berlin which aimed to embarrass Hermann Goering and…

REID, William I (#61)

…Yorkshire as it takes off for a bombing raid on Dusseldorf, Germany. This was the first occasion on which more than 200 Halifaxes took part in a raid, of which 12 were lost. Extensive damage was caused to the centre of Dusseldorf, which suffered its most destructive attack of the…

STORK, J Royden (#301)

Captain J Royden STORK for Operation Shangri-La, the DOOLITTLE Tokyo RAIDERS, flew off the carrier USS HORNET with B-25 Mitchells on the morale raising 18th April, 1942 raid which also affected Japanese strategy. He was born in Frost, Minnesota in 1916 and graduated from college in October 1940, entering the…

LISKUTIN, Miroslav A (#130)

…August 23, 1919, in Jirikovice in Czechoslovakia. After completing an engineering apprenticeship he applied to join the Czechoslovak Air Force and trained as a pilot with the 2nd Air Regiment. ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945. (C 3193) Stills from camera gun footage taken from a Supermarine Spitfire Mark V…

TAIT, James B (#66)

…first raid on Italy when a force of Whitleys crossed the Alps in a thunderstorm to bomb Turin. On August 25 he flew on the first raid on Berlin, mounted as a reprisal for the German bombing of London. Before the end of the year, he had attacked Berlin on…

POULSSON, Jens-Anton (#164)

…so vital in preventing atomic weapon progress of the German scientific team. Jens and his tiny team’s survival, so isolated through months of winter and near starvation, was an epic story in itself with only nine Norwegian Commandos, having to undertake successfully the Ryggan raid, after the tragic loss of…

ALABASTER, RC (#57)

…operational raid on August 5 1940 against a flying-boat base on the Baltic and over the next few months attacked targets in Germany and France. On the night of April 3 1941 he took off to bomb the German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brest. On the outward route…

HALLOWES, HJL (#14)

…on water and after stopping he let go his dinghy and emerged from the aircraft, minus his boots, into the snow, only to be confronted by a soldier with a fixed bayonet. Both rear gunners were dead. First enemy aircraft shot shot down in England: “This Heinkel was first picked…

BURBRIDGE, Bransome A (#103)

Wing Commander Branse Burbridge, RAF’s most successful night fighter pilot Wing Commander Branse Burbridgewas the RAF’s most successful night fighter pilot, being credited with the destruction of 21 enemy aircraft, including four during one patrol. Teamed up with Flying Officer “Bill” Skelton, he achieved the first of his successes on…

HODGES, Lewis (#34)

…shortly afterwards was awarded the DSO. Following a rest on the Bomber Command operations staff, in November 1944 Hodges was briefed to accompany Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, the newly-appointed Air Commander-in-Chief, South-East Asia, as his personal staff officer. The posting was, however, cancelled at short notice, since Hodges…

DUMON, Andrée Antoine (#158)

…up above the mist and into a clear, star-lit night, marching through pine woods at first, then on narrowing, steepening tracks and finally on to loose scree. Newton stumbled and fell frequently, gasping for breath in the thinning air. Eventually, they reached the 8,000ft peaks and began the treacherous descent…

MAHADDIE, TG (#92)

…of pre-war RAF career; receiving news of outbreak of Second World War, 3/9/1939; status of sergeant pilots; participating in first leaflet raid of Second World War; character of leaflet raids during Phoney War; ineffectiveness of target finding in first years of Second World War; pressure from other services against bombing…

BRYAN, Wendy (#6)

SEPTEMBER 7, 1940. Squadron Leader George LOTT DFC (centre), who lost an eye in combat with six Me110s on July 9th for which he was awarded a DSO, visits his fellow Hurricane pilots of 43(F) Squadron at Tangmere. ‘From left, standing: P/Os HC Upton, AEA van den Hove dÉstsenrijk (Belgium),…

GRANDY, John (#2)

…first visit to RAF Duxford, 1934; background to posting as station commander; effects of arrival of Women’s Royal Auxiliary Air Force on station; role of station commander; composition of wings on station; problems with Napier engined Hawker Typhoon; proposed role of Hawker Typhoon during Dieppe Raid; background to leading 609…

JOHNSON, James E (#21)

…Included in his list of individual victories were 14 Messerschmitt Bf 109s and 20 Focke-Wulf Fw 190s [a.k.a. ‘The Butcher Bird’] destroyed making him the most successful RAF ace against the Fw 190. This score made him the highest scoring Western Allied fighter ace against the German Luftwaffe. …Johnson flew…

LLOYD-OWEN, David (#273)

…Britain, including a period on the staff at Sandhurst. In 1952, he was appointed Military Assistant to the High Commissioner in Malaya. He then commanded the 1st Battalion of The Queen’s Royal Regiment from 1957 to 1959. In the early 1960s he led 24 Infantry Brigade Group in Kenya and…

ROBINSON, Albert (#261)

…& US towns and villages -4×4 inch, 2 x 0.5 inch and ‘2 x 21 inch tripled torpedo tubes but armament had to be changed – CAMPBELTOWN of ST NAZAIRE RAID was of this type) , the 1,060 ton HMS NEWPORT, one of the 50 US destroyers). Naval Party 645…

ATKINS, George (#3)

still went into the skies to protect us” WAAFs and ground crew wave off bombers from the Anglo-American 2nd Tactical Air Force. Pathe newsreel (below): “It’s In The Air!” (1944): RAF Tangmere Documentary 1985 The first, and worst, enemy raid on the station came on 16 August 1940 when hundreds…

BROADHURST, Harry (#22)

…Marshal of the RAF Sir Charles Portal, sitting in the cockpit of Broadhurst’s Fiesler Storch at B11/Longues, Normandy, during a visit by the Secretary of State for Air and the CAS to 83 Group Headquarters and airfields. Broadhurst acquired the captured Storch, which he flew as his personal aircraft while…

CHESHIRE, Geoffrey Leonard (#31)

“one of the most remarkable men of his generation, perhaps the most remarkable” Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire by Bassano Ltd. Bromide print, 17 August 1944 NPG x85329 © National Portrait Gallery, London “Leonard Cheshire was born in 1917, the son of a barrister and legal jurist. Educated at Stowe and…

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