A week of organising flying, and chasing the sergeant aircrews and cyphers as duty officer every third evening. I go to Aransol to have a kite repaired and have lunch with Paddy O’Malley. I put up a black by asking “P” Staff (S/L Miliken) to post Hammerbeck, which he doesn’t take too well. Hope it doesn’t get back to him.
Now in Bhopal. Signal came for 4 a/c to go down but we can only manage two and 20 Sqn is sending two. I go off yesterday with F/Sgt Perry to Allahabad round some clouds and then 320 miles to Bhopal in 2hrs 55. Jaubert is in charge here and Fyson and Bhose present. It’s I.A.T.U. [Indian Army Training Unit?] – we are to co-operate with somebody. 77 Brigade presumably, who are at Sangar about 100 miles off.
Excellent shooting around here if it could be got, but I expect I shall be busy. 28 sqn bucking up with Mann as acting CO and Carmicheal acting Adjutant, as the latter makes the sparks fly. Time I put this down:
S/L G.R.W. Hammerbeck [or BRW/ORW]
F/L A.S. Mann
F/L T.R. Pierce (ex England)
F/O H.G.F. Larsen (ex UK ex RASR)
F/O E.R.K. Humphries (ex 17 Dogras)
P/O H. R. Carmichael
P/O Douglas (ex PAVO – sick, posted to Ambala)
F/L E.R. Adams – adjutant
F/L F.R.J. Gunn – signals
P/O G.W.O. Smith – cyphers
P/O B.R. Williams – cyphers
F/L M.R. Matheson – M.O.
P/O Price – equipment
No news of our Vengeances. They are in Karachi but we are way down on the list for them. We manage to keep 3 ‘Lizzies’ flying, but we must get rid of Hammerbeck. How? ‘Bud’ Rose, Major ALO, gone to Risalpur for 3 months, he could get things moving OK. I go out to Armoured Brigade, but wrote about that last time. No ambitions at present. Would like to get home but that is too distant – in the interim – stay alive, get some flying and attain that unfulfilled dream of mine!!! (JDW: ?)