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Battle of Britain 80 Introduction

A few of The Few: Just three hours after this photograph of eight Hurricane pilots from 43 Squadron, ‘relaxing’ outside the Officer’s Mess at RAF Tangmere, was taken, on 7 September 1940 – seven days before Battle of Britain Day – two of them, the Australian Richard Reynell and the…

VRACIU, Alexander (#303)

…months of the war serving at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent, Maryland. Vraciu ended the war as the U.S. Navy’s fourth highest ranking ace, credited with downing a total of nineteen enemy aircraft and destroying twenty-one on the ground. Post war service Following World War II, Vraciu was…

ANNAND, Richard W (#44)

…the Imperial War Museums and can be found under their Collections. Richard Wallace Annand’s medal group including his VC on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London.   Imperial War Museum Oral History by Dickie Annand VC: REEL 1 Background in GB, 1914-1939: family origins; father’s background…

KILMARTIN, JI (#35)

…over Sicily on 12 November 1941. Flying Officer GPH Matthews joined the squadron in August 1939. He claimed five victories during May-June 1940, ending the war as a Squadron Leader, with 11 victories credited to him. Pilot Officer PV Boot had arrived only in March 1940 as a reinforcement, having…

CURRAN, Samuel (#182)

“One thing that angered him very much was the lack of recognition of the part that science and technology had played in winning the Second World War.” Donaldson, David Abercrombie; Sir Samuel Curran (1912-1998), DL, MA, PhD, DSc, LLD, ScD, FRS; University of Strathclyde. http://www.artuk.org/artworks/sir-samuel-curran-19121998-dl-ma-phd-dsc-lld-scd-frs-155741 The science of war and…

DEERE, Alan C (#49)

…the end of the war, his distinguished ‘score’ was destroyed twenty-two, probables ten and damaged eighteen.” _________ List of Word War II Royal Air Forces Aces from New Zealand Colin Falkland Gray New Zealand Royal Air Force 27½ Top New Zealand ace Alan Christopher Deere New Zealand Royal Air Force…

WATKINS, Tasker (#256)

…had by now been transferred from the 160th Brigade to the 158th Brigade, was one officer in a group leading an assault on a German machine gun post. After all the other officers were killed in the approach, Watkins continued to lead the group and won his VC for leading…

JOHNSON, James E (#21)

…(US) Commander of the Legion of Honour (France) Imperial War Museums Oral History by Johnnie Johnson Johnnie Johnson REEL 1 Background in Barrow upon Soar, GB, 1915-1939: family; education. Aspects of pilot training with RAF in GB, 1939-1940: reaction to outbreak of Second World War, 9/1939; flying training, 9/1939-8/1940; opinion…

CURTIS, Lettice (#77)

…Transport Auxiliary (ATA) as a pilot and was described in her Telegraph obituary as “arguably the most remarkable woman pilot of the Second World War.” ‘She joined the ATA in July 1940 and worked until the end of the war, when the ATA was disbanded. She had delivered over 1500…

COLE, Winefred (#288)

…Chile chose to remain neutral in the war, with close German trading links but later distanced itself from the Axis powers and dismissed its pro-German military officers. The Mexican government declared war on the Axis powers on 22 May 1942. The Mexican Air Force‘s Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 201 (201st…

FRASER, Ian E (#67)

…escape set. (Courtesy of Wikipedia) Imperial War Museums’ Oral History: Ian Edward Fraser British midshipman served aboard HMS Montrose, 17th Destroyer Flotilla during Dunkirk Evacuation, 5/1940; officer served aboard HMS Malcolm, Western Approaches Escort Force and 8th Escort Group in North Sea and Atlantic, 1940-1941; served aboard submarine HMS Sahib,…

CHESHIRE, Geoffrey Leonard (#31)

…titles, only finally accepting the OM (after declining a CH) because it was in the Queen’s gift – he was always an ardent royalist. He accepted a peerage last year. He married, briefly in war-time, the American actress Constance Binney. Later he married Sue Ryder, now Baroness Ryder of Warsaw,…

Tea and biscuits

…and sugar which was part of a dummy Emergency ration given by the War Office for exhibit of contents of a soldier’s pack. Item has red number 15301 applied by hand in red paint.” © IWM EQU 3886.2 AT AN ATS MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY TRAINING CENTRE, CAMBERLEY, SURREY, 1941 (D…

WEST, Ferdinand (#28)

…Families and the Great War 1914-18’. The print was purchased shortly after their wedding in September 1917. Major Fair was an officer in the 47th London Division. Backed by the influence of Hugh Trenchard, he was temporarily recommissioned and posted to the Foreign Office in April 1919 as an RAF…

BALFOUR, Harold (#13)

…in dispatches during the 1914-1918 war, receiving the Military Cross, D.F.C. and the French Croix de Guerre. During the Second World War, he was, in succession: Deputy Chief of Air Staff, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, first at Fighter Command, later at Middle East Command, and lastly at Coastal Command….

CROSLEY, R Michael (#234)

…carrier Implacable and carried out a series of attacks on German shipping in the fjords of Norway. By the time the war ended 880 Squadron and Implacable were prosecuting the war in the Pacific, striking at the Japanese mainland. Crosley was mentioned in despatches, and in August 1945 received a…

LACEY, James (#7)

“one of the top scoring Royal Air Force fighter pilots of the Second World War and the second highest scoring RAF fighter pilot of the Battle of Britain” World War Two fighter pilot James Harry “Ginger” Lacey is being honoured with a blue plaque this weekend at his birthplace –…

DUMON, Andrée Antoine (#158)

…months later, he arrived safely home in Britain. It sealed his membership of an exclusive band of brothers whose wartime exploits have been largely forgotten. In World War II, a quarter of a million Allied soldiers and airmen were stranded behind enemy lines and became prisoners of war. Just a…

de CLARENS, Vicomtesse (#161)

…filed a stunningly accurate report on the German missile order of battle. When captured by the Gestapo in 1944, Madame de Clarens had both the mettle and heart to warn her companions, who successfully escaped. With her place in history secure and having spent the last year of the war

BURN, Michael C (#86)

…biggest German battleship, Tirpitz – was characterised by Burn’s commanding officer as “the sauciest job since Drake”. St Nazaire: HMS Campbelltown resting on the wall it would soon destroy The mission – to deny its use to the biggest German battleship, Tirpitz – was characterised by Burn’s commanding officer as…

ROSIER, Fred (#17)

…to retrain as an engineer. Reluctantly, he moved to the RAF School of Aeronautical Engineering at Henlow. He was saved, however, a few weeks later by the outbreak of the war, which immediately posed a need for trained pilots. Polish War Memorial at Northolt After France and the desert, “Rosie”…

DRAKE, Billy (#168)

…Hawker Hurricane; impressions of Squadron Leader Patrick ‘Bull’ Halahan; role of squadron leaders and flight commanders; relations with Flight Lieutenant ‘Johnnie’ Walker and Flying Officer Prosser Hanks; memories of Flying Officer Leslie Clisby, Flying Officer Paul Richey, Flying Officer ‘Killy’ Kilmartin, Flying Officer ‘Pussy’ Palmer and Pilot Officer ‘Boy’ Mould;…

DUDGEON, AG (#187)

…varied career, which spanned many aircraft types – after North West Frontier service pre-war and later in BLENHEIMS in the Desert War his book, “The War That Never Was”, records the rapid improvisation and fighting initiative which turned unarmed trainers into weapons of war, raising the SIEGE of No.4 FLYING…

CALVERT, J Michael (#152)

…the Second World War, though born into the old officer class and himself a regular army officer. “…He was then sent out to Australia to help set up a school similar to Lochailort there. From one of his fellow instructors, Freddie Spencer- Chapman (later author of that marvellous book, The…

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