Category Archives: 1941/12

December 30th 1941


I go over with Jerry to visit the Kohat Pass Arms Factory. A most “kachha” idea and no sanitation visible. Small boys turn sort of bicycle wheels which work lathes for boring the barrels. Other men make the various parts … Continue reading

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December 28th 1941


We gave a dance on 26th to which all Kohat comes. Hammerbeck brews a very good hot rum punch which is much approved. Jerry Beck very drunk. I have dinner with the Pentons first, which was really the best part … Continue reading

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December 26th 1941


Yesterday (Christmas Day) with great trouble I raise an officers team to play the Sergeants Mess. They arrive drunk at 4.15pm and start playing with bottles and cigarettes in their hands, which are removed. On being knocked over, most of … Continue reading

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Christmas Day 1941 – Kohat


Well, we know the name of this place we are supposed to be going to but it seems to be spelled differently on the map. It’s near Laskio and Mandalay, below the start of the Burma Road of ill fame. … Continue reading

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December 21st 1941


We are moving to Burma next month apparently. 2 Squadron are doing our job in Karachi. Sgt Ridley takes off in coarse pitch and crashes over the ‘drome boundary without hurting himself. I fly Penton to Chaklala with 20 degree … Continue reading

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December 20th 1941


The Japs seem to be beating us. All RAF leave in India stopped and we are ordered to stand by to proceed to Burma at short notice. Complete panic and everyone flapping. Well, I don’t feel so happy about this … Continue reading

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December 19th 1941


I cannot start in the morning. Scott and I and a policeman and a greaser wind for one and a half hours. Then I ring up Kohat and am told to get the IAOC to look at the batteries. Ten … Continue reading

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