38 results found for: Western Approaches

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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,…

ROSIER, Fred (#17)

‘he recovered the pilot, squeezed him into his own single cockpit and sat on top of him before trying to take off again’ “Fred Rosier won his DSO in the Second World War while commanding a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter wing in the Western Desert. His citation, which described…

BROADHURST, Harry (#22)

…and North Africa, 1939-1943. Air Commodore H Broadhurst at the time of his appointment as Air Officer Commanding, Western Desert Air Force, but before his promotion to Air Vice-Marshal, at Air Headquarters, Western Desert.   IWM have an oral history of Harry Broadhurst but it is not currently available online…

RICHARDSON, A (#223)

…vla .4 COASTAL OTU at ALNESS, he crewed up on SUNDERLAND Mk 111s for long CONVOY PROTECTION and ANTI-SUBMARINE duties over the WESTERN APPROACHES often in very poor weather with “mooring” & unmooring”, bilge crews etc on 228 SQN (lost two crews including their own loaned 2nd Pilot) then 277…

DRAKE, Billy (#168)

…BD897. After handing over 128 Squadron to Squadron Leader J I “Killy” Kilmartin [Signatory #35], he took command of No. 112 Squadron RAF in the Western Desert in April 1942. (Copyright: IWM CM 2531) Drake joined No 1 Squadron and flew the elegant Fury biplane fighter. In late 1938 the…

BALFOUR, Harold (#13)

…Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force. His experience extends from flying as a Flight Lieutenant Commander in 43(F) Sqn, formed by the 23 year old Major Sholto Douglas MC, and fighting on the Western Front in Sopwith Strutters and Camels, to his role as Churchill’s 1938-44 Under Secretary…

DUNN, Patrick Hunter (#15)

“Air Marshal Sir Patrick Dunn had an illustrious record flying Gladiator bi-planes and Hurricanes in the Western Desert during the Second World War. On August 8 1940, Squadron Leader “Paddy” Dunn led an offensive patrol of 14 Gladiators of No 80 Squadron against Italian CR 42s that had been operating…

PALLOT, Peter (#304)

…hand mine explosions. At the war’s end his minesweeper would be the very first Allied vessel into VENICE, as only when channels were swept could larger ships enter. After his sweeping in Britain he would see most of the harbour clearance operations and port approaches from Sicily and Italy up…

SUTTON, Thomas A (#308)

…naval bombardment was still in progress but shortly they had used their two Oerlikon guns. Tom’s LCT was right at the front on Gold Beach. Holding two Centaur tanks and one Sherman, two approaches had to be made after the Sherman’s engine refused to start for their first landing and…

BROWN, Richard (#295)

…on Tangmere including the heavy Friday 15th August JU-87 Stuka dive bombing, while ensuring the maximum fighters were available to defend SE England – some groundcrew had been flown down from Wick in two Ensigns but already only via a western safer route. In winter 1940 Richard was sent on…

GICK, Philip D (#206)

…part in these actions. In December 1941 Gick took command of 815 Squadron operating in the Western Desert in support of the 8th Army. During the next nine months the squadron attacked enemy airfields and armoured formations, and conducted anti-submarine patrols off the coast. Gick subsequently received a Bar to…

JOHNSON, James E (#21)

…Europe from 1941 to 1944, almost without rest. Johnson was involved in heavy aerial fighting during this period. His combat tour included participation in the Dieppe Raid, Combined Bomber Offensive, Battle of Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge and the Western Allied invasion of Germany. Johnson progressed…

MACLEAN, Fitzroy (#116)

…when we’ve done more justice in writing up our extraordinary signatories. ‘It has been widely speculated that Ian Fleming used Maclean as one of his inspirations for James Bond.’ Author of Eastern Approaches. Eton, Cambridge, Paris and Moscow Foreign Office. For: CAMERON HIGHLANDERS (MP1941-74), TITO + the many YUGOSLAV Partisans…

CLEERE, Patrick (#236)

…7th QUEEN’s QWN HUSSARS in 1933 at 16, from County KILKENNY, serving in EGYPT from 1935 to promotion to SGT in 1939; a distinguished “C” SQUADRON TROOP LEADER in the CAMPAIGNS of WESTERN DESERT. His DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL was awarded for conspicuous gallantry in action near TOBRUK on 22Jan41: “As…

POCOCK, Donald A (#108)

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. Served Western Desert, Middle East and Balkans,…

DAUNT, Ivan Decourcey (#251)

…eight children and born 28 Jun 1918 served with 4th Bn Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment in the 1940 North West Europe Campaign in FRANCE and through DUNKIRK, then in the Western Desert and BURMA. Angus’s wife, AUDREY, was a naval tailoress for Chatham and CANADIAN born, whose father,…

BOGERT, Mortimer P (#170)

…for the contribution in WW2 of the ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY (his name Dutch for Orchard), who was over in Dec 1939 from Western Nova Scotia and was in Europe a full seven and a half years, from being with the 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION in DIEPPE, the fighting in SICILY, the…

ROBERTS, David (#207)

…Majesty the King presented it at Buckingham Palace on 26 June 1945. In 1942 his ground defence unit was amalgamated into the newly formed RAF Regiment and Roberts immediately saw action in the Western Desert against the Afrika Corps. He commissioned into the RAF Regiment in 1943 and then served…

KINCADE, Paul B (#240)

…with LCTs on board in the PACIFIC, from HONOLULU in Jan 45 for the RE-INVASION of the PHILIPPINES, their part being the taking of ZAMBOANGA at the western tip of MINDANAO, not without quite a few casualties – by the end of March, Corregidor, Manila, Iwo Jima, Lashio & Mandalay…

DUMON, Andrée Antoine (#158)

…tens of thousands, who were active ‘helpers’ to the 26,260 or so British and Dominion-worldwide Evaders and Escapers – of whom almost two thirds of the 3,631 were Air Force ‘Parcels’ in Western Europe. ‘From Nadine’s own triumphs and tragedies one finds an instant commemorating parallel for all of these…

DALTON-MORGAN, Thomas F (#306)

…in Europe until the end of the war, with the value of his work being reflected in his OBE in June 1945. Beyond the war, after time in Germany, Staff College and being Chief Instructor at Old Sarum’s Offensive Support Wing, he saw the predecessor of NATO at the Western

HANCOCK, Margaret (#277)

…and Battle of Britain, as Flt Cdr on 185 Sqn and OC 250 Kittyhawks in the Western Desert – after 11 Squadron and return to UK he would command 33 Squadron Hornets in the Far East and retired after 20 years in 1959 as a Wing Commander later becoming the…

HEARN, Avis J (#75)

…effort. It was important work; as Marshal of the Royal Air Force William Sholto Douglas [See Harold Balfour, Signatory #13 who flew with Douglas on the Western Front in the First World War] said: “I think we can say that the Battle of Britain might never have been won if…

KILMARTIN, JI (#35)

…an airship squadron, known as 1 Squadron. At the outbreak of World War One it was reformed with aeroplanes, thereafter becoming one of the leading British fighting scout units on the Western Front. During the interwar period the unit remained in existence, and in October 1938 some of the first…

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