Category Archives: 1943/01

January 30th 1943


I go round Foul Point again with an escort, F/L Mason of 79 squadron. I don’t see much beyond a couple of camouflaged sampans, at which I have a squirt with mediocre results. Yesterday two ’99’s – heavy bombers – … Continue reading

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January 28th 1943


Six fighters come down daily and we get an escort of one section on our trips. I even get one to St Martins Island, where I go to drop a message. I try two, to make sure, but one sticks … Continue reading

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January 24th 1943


Our party the other day was 20 Zeros jumping the five Blenheims over Akyab. Some said they were “01”s. Hilton and Scott go out on 22nd to photograph Laungchaung at 9000′ and are jumped. They run into some air effort … Continue reading

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January 20th 1943


Last night about 8.30 three or four Japs come over and drop bombs on Maungdaw, returning home afterwards; all at about 15000′ or more from the direction of Magwe. Yesterday Burt Mann and I go off down Foul Point way, … Continue reading

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January 18th 1943


The ground party arrives and we get organised. Scotty also comes back from Ranchi, but without any booze as he says they have none there! W/C Yorke broke up the joint one night throwing soda water bottles and tomato sauce … Continue reading

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January 14th 1943


We draw rations for 25 men two days running, so the four of us have ample to eat. Also some rum which we put in the tea but which isn’t too good. Vir Singh and Joel come and feed last … Continue reading

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January 13th 1943


I do my recce – Donbaik/Laungchaung/Rattedaung – and get a bit confused as I only have a one inch map. I go in at about 50′ but see nothing except some sill bursts amongst the trees west of Laungchaung. I … Continue reading

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January 10th 1943 – Chittagong


We fly down to Chittagong via Dun Dum on 7th. Lunch in C.N.A.C. canteen, and arrive Chittagong about 3.30pm. Half an hour’s taxiing to the dispersal and then we have to wait from 4 to 6.15pm in the duty pilots … Continue reading

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January 6th 1943 – Ranchi


I duly get malaria again, but we dose it away – Watty, Doc Fox and I – and I don’t get it a third time. I lay off flying for a few days and fly Hurricanes again today – do … Continue reading

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