Category Archives: Burma Campaign, 1942

Covers January to April 1942: the advance of the Japanese and the evacuation of the RAF along the Burma Road to Loiwing in China and thence to India.

May 4th 1942 – Calcutta


I am ordered to fly the Hurricane to Myithyina and then DumDum with long range tanks. Weather very bad and much rain, and everyone leaves Loiwing for Myithyina and India. (Like hell I go to Myithyina!! I set course direct … Continue reading

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April 30th 1942 – Loiwing, China


Laskio in Jap hands now. All they have to do is to drive to Namtu and then march by jungle tracks for three days north and they are here. After writing the last entry there is an alarm and the … Continue reading

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April 28th 1942 – Last Man in to Bat


I go down the road that evening and see nothing much except a few lorries at Konghai-ping crossroads. Further up I squirt at two lorries, the first stops and men rush out and hide, I miss that, but the second … Continue reading

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April 25th 1942


The Japs are coming Yohoho! Pierce does a recce between Heho and Namsang on the road where they have broken through. He sees lorry loads who fire rifles and tommy guns at him. I am sent off in a Blenheim … Continue reading

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April 22nd 1942 – Lashio


Sherkham of 59th here on his way to Maymyo and a staff job. He says 2/13th are in 17 Division and lost Lt Col Guy at Prome. I go down to Myittha for another recco as Meiktila getting too hot. … Continue reading

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April 16th 1942


Pierce does quite a safe recce and I go down yesterday evening to Meiktila. First time up for three weeks but I manage OK and navigation is good. I have to taxi for half an hour under cover and over … Continue reading

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April 13th 1942


Still alive. The Hurricane arrives late, but he tries yesterday but comes back owing to bad weather. Today he has taken her up to Loiwing to get some plastic wood for the airscrew. Yesterday Doc Waterman and I go up … Continue reading

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April 11th 1942 – Lashio


Not much hope of getting to India, it seems. Now as a sop to the army and the Chinese we are to do reccos again. Rikki and two others patrolling Loiwing above 10/10 cloud runs out of petrol, gets lost … Continue reading

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April 7th 1942 – Lashio, Burma


I get very drunk with Byles on “Samsu” at 1/- a beer bottle full. Drunk for 8 annas and the G/C turns up. But I recover with a bath and am alright by dinner time. A troops concert where I … Continue reading

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April 3rd 1942 – Loiwing, China


We have a party with a roast (or boiled) pig, and I collect a couple of American matrons too, Mrs Davidson and Porritt. We brew our rum punch and sing songs. Yesterday I go swimming at my “Somerset Maughan” pool … Continue reading

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