May 22nd 1942


Just played a game of cricket, first for four years and made top score (31). A little flying, not much good. A young I.A.F. chap tries to land in coarse pitch with wheels right back, overshoots, opens up and turns then stalls into the ground. I get the clock as its my old kite 4808. Passenger killed and we have a funeral.

Reggis Cox a Brigadier here, 23 Brigade, with Marriott of 2nd Leicesters as staff captain. Barlow, Clarcoates, Barder and alot others killed. Also Langford-James in a Blenheim. A letter from Bill (Robinson), now in Ceylon. Some girls in uniform arrive in Ranchi, attached to signals, and Tom and I get in on it with tennis and dancing and whatnot. One of them, one Patience Farraday, knew Malaya and the folk quite well. Much drinking in the Club, though I haven’t been tight here yet. Robin White and Teddy have a session ending about 6am in our mess truck, filled with dhotis and ghandi caps which they tear off people in rickshaws. Very hot here just now and I collapse on my bed after lunch which I never did before.

We are exchanging untrained pilots for trained ones from 20 sqn so I suspect we shall have to go back to the war again.

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2 Responses to May 22nd 1942

  1. Jagan says:

    A Tangential thread I started today sparked by the information in this post.. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12990-Lysander-L4808-Crash-(28Sqn)-May-1942

  2. Sree says:

    Jagan – in addition, CWGC shows two Indian IAF deaths, on 20 May 42: P/O NMM Sheriff, and P/O SS Bali. Do either of them show up, possibly as SA Joseph’s Observer, in the 4 CDF ORB? Would be consistent with Dunford-Wood’s remark, “Passenger killed”

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