Category Archives: 1942/12

December 31st 1942 – Ranchi


We fly to Calcutta on B.O.A.C. “Cleopatra” and then by train to Ranchi. Calcutta was recently bombed a few times – 3 to 8 hostiles, a few on Kidderpore docks, all the coolies flee, and some also dropped near Dalhousie … Continue reading

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December 25th 1942 – Christmas in Karachi


We have a good party with 244 squadron who have a very well stocked bar, one of the best in the Gulf, and are very hospitable. Next morning about 0730 the only rainstorm this year arrives and pelts down through … Continue reading

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December 22nd 1942 – Sharjah


We leave for Cairo and are told to wait at 22 P.T.C. Almaza, near Heliopolis. In the meantime A.H.Q. fix us up with a trip to the Western Desert, but later cancel it and put us on a Hudson on … Continue reading

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December 18th 1942


We progress from 4+1 pr to 3+2 pr to 2+3 pr to 2+4 pr and I get an odd 88% and 75% on 4+1 and 3+2 respectively. (JDW: does anyone know what this means?) Tomorrow we leave for Cairo, and … Continue reading

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December 11th 1942 – Shandur


Much firing on the range, but I never hit the target – a cloth tank. They all seem to fall short, firing at 500′, though I do get an occasional bracket of no value. Perhaps I ought to open fire … Continue reading

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December 7th 1942 – Cairo


We drive up to Cairo on Saturday afternoon to see a tank demonstration on the Sunday. We stay at Pension Stanley as all the hotels are full. A nice bed and a bloody breakfast for 55 piastres – expensive. A … Continue reading

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December 4th 1942 – Shandur


I do half an hour yesterday in a Hurricane I. The landings OK the second trip as the first time I don’t throttle back enough. Yesterday up to 15000′ and I have to close the hood as too damn cold. … Continue reading

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December 1st 1942 – Shandur, Egypt


I go to the ‘Badia’ after Tommy’s Bar on Saturday night, but am not much impressed. The mantlepiece with my name on has been wiped away at Tommy’s Bar. Met McDowell, a Major now, in the Continental. On Sunday we … Continue reading

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