Category Archives: 1942/07

July 30th 1942


We have a funeral that evening and I am a pall bearer. I get the middle, a bad position, and the sweat streams down all over my body despite the hour, 7pm. Then standing to attention by the grave during … Continue reading

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July 28th 1942


Larsen goes to Razmak for an artillery shoot but bursts a wheel on landing. He mends 22 punctures in the inner tube but the valve has gone as well. Sgt Ridley flies up with a spare, does a ground loop … Continue reading

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July 23rd 1942


I go up the Tochi and have a look at the Datta Khal area, where the forthcoming operations are to take place. The fort has a ‘T’ and disc out, but I don’t know what it is, so drop a … Continue reading

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July 18th 1942


I go up flying again – and engine test and manage to land OK on the strip. We have some shocking downpours of rain. On 17th we leave, 6 AC for Kohat, via Gaga-Cawnpore-Delhi and Lahore (night stop). Eight hours … Continue reading

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July 10th 1942 – Ranchi


My birthday yesterday, though you wouldn’t have known it. I go to the flight office in the morning and the monsoon pours down and eventually water invades the tent, despite my drainage system. Then Robin White rescues me in his … Continue reading

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July 4th 1942 – Ranchi


The tea party is a success and we sit on the club verandah talking from 4.30 to 6.45. Dusk falls, it gets dim, very pleasant, but she has to go out at 6.45. I go home and change and return … Continue reading

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