Category Archives: 1941/01

January 26th 1941 – Habbaniya, Iraq


Habbaniya, Iraq. More drinks with the Americans (Joe Carroll) who get off at Al-Khamshah. We land at Basra, are met by an RAF Sergeant and then catch the evening train to Baghdad. The Customs pinch my .22 and shotgun. Basra … Continue reading

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January 22nd 1941 – at sea


Spent a day in Bushire in a gale and fog, waiting for the dhows to come off. Eventually cleared and they came out. The Americans gave a party last night and we all go into a cabin – 12 of … Continue reading

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January 19th 1941 – at sea


Bahrain Isles – we all four go ashore here and after purchasing a few things, call on Pringle’s friend Dunn, manager of the bank here. We have a beer and then get into a taxi and say “Club”. He takes … Continue reading

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January 18th 1941 – at sea


Lingah – an old Persian town and apparently mostly uninhabited. After a long delay boats come off to the shop and the confusion and noise of mooring and unloading is phenomenal, worse than anything encountered in India, everyone shouting at … Continue reading

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January 17th 1941 – at sea


Reached Kuhawei this morning, a small island off Oman Peninsula leased as a naval depot. We land provisions for R.I.N. sloop present in the bay. Saw some nasty looking garfish. The Chief Engineer won’t tell me a thing as he … Continue reading

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January 16th 1941 – at sea


Yesterday called at Charbar in Persia. Matti (?) buildings and forts. Last night big seas gets up and I am twice soaked in my bunk before closing the port. A regular “repent sinners for the Lord is at hand” night. … Continue reading

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January 14th 1941 – S.S. “Barpeta”, at sea


S.S. “Barpeta” at sea – a party on 12th with Pete, Allan, self, Simon, Joan and Mary. A bit low. We go to the boat club and have supper and play the fool. Pete hurdles the chairs and tables and … Continue reading

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January 10th 1941


Now news is in that we embark on 13th, having been struck off duty on 17th December. An ”Iti” submarine reported off the Indian coast along Persia way, so I hope I don’t lose all my baggage. Letter from Bill … Continue reading

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January 5th 1941


I had arranged to leave on 29th and was just returning to tea on 28th after a last dekko at the monkeys (I get into the jungle and slay a couple up trees) when a wire comes from Aircraft Depot: … Continue reading

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