Author Archives: CDC Dunford Wood

April 9th 1944 – Suez


We reach Suez and embark a few more passengers. It suddenly gets damn cold, the day before in the Red Sea, and I get my battledress out. P.T. every afternoon followed by deck hockey, a la Razmak only no roller-skates, … Continue reading

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April 2nd 1944 – Aden


We reach Aden yesterday despite plots of four submarines near the mouth of the Gulf, one German. We have “Dilwara”, “Stratheden” and “Lancashire” in convoy, with five corvettes ahead. Aden is full of shipping but not much to see. We … Continue reading

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March 26th 1944 – Bombay


Morton and I have a last brandy session until they throw us out and he tells me of his experiences with mothers and angry husbands in 2 1/2 years in India. On the 24th I embark on “Orontes”. Grindlays have … Continue reading

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March 23rd 1944 – Bombay


Morton and I have a “debauch” on Cyprus brandy with 1/2 a dozen wing commanders and squadron leaders straight out from the UK. Some retire sick and all have fearful heads the next day, so perhaps the linings in our … Continue reading

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March 22nd 1944 – Bombay


I leave Bangalore 8.30am on the 19th. The night before, Saturday, is whisky night and I have quite a party with Pete Lewer, Smith and some naval F.A.A. type from Ceylon. I am in good form shouting “Fall out all … Continue reading

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March 21st 1944 – Bangalore


Conditions for 1939/43 and Africa Stars are out. As opposed to the Army, you cannot get Africa Star if qualified for 39/43 Star. The Army is the other way round. Aircrew after two months in an operational squadron and one … Continue reading

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March 20th 1944 – Bangalore


AOC says he will consult SASO on my report when he comes in, so I put in a minute to SASO which he says is “bloody rude”. However, he gets it changed and tells me I shall not have too … Continue reading

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March 8th 1944


The AOC gives me an adverse report! Says I lack initiative and made a poor show of 2 squadron! Eventually he says he will wait until SASO returns and consult him – because Macworth (AOC) does not know me and … Continue reading

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March 6th 1944


A damn great cyclone off Madras and a good drop of rain here. We lose a Catalina in it at sea. Another convoy sails from Bombay which I miss. S/L Ramsey lets me have his greatcoat for £8, in condition … Continue reading

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March 3rd 1944 – “What, You Still Here?”


Still here doing nothing hard. A signal from A.C. Sea today asking for confirmation that I am available for embarkation, whatever that means. It never happened with anyone else before. I meet one W/C Phillips just out from the UK … Continue reading

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