The scheme comes to an end and Bill Beaman, self, driver and Bill’s bearer leap into our jeep and climb the hill to Ooty, staying at Dunmore in Coonoor (JDW: Now an Indian Navy holiday home), which I had known of. We drink in the Club with the locals at the hostel, including a navy type who detonates mines for a living, and then returned home to some liar dice. That night Bill snores so much I make arrangements to sleep elsewhere the next night. Saturday morning we go up to Ooty Club to lunch with a friend of his, one Marcelle Gauvain, who turns out to be the wife of a chap in the 5/15th who is missing in Singapore. Then to the Club in the evening for a dance, which I don’t particularly enjoy as I get a bit warm in my battle dress, which is all I have.
Next morning down the hill back to Bangalore. I find nothing particular to do as usual in the office, and meet Purcell and go and see the film “Spitfire”. Tony Wagstaffe also appears today at lunchtime and says I should be the ideal fellow to lecture at Staff College in place of W/C Fox who is a Catalina flying boat pilot. Much hotter now down here. Am due for some malaria now any time.
Before I forget:
225 Group Bangalore Air Staff
Air Commodore P.H. Macworth CBE DFC
S.O.A. – Group Captain Howard DFC
SASO – Group Captain J.E.W. Bowles DFC
Air 1 – Wing Commander W. Beaman
Fighter Ops – Squadron Leader K.A. Perkin
Army Cooperation Ops – Joe Soap DFC
G.R. – Squadron Leader Babineau
Training – Wing Commander T.A. Vigors DFC
Armament – Wing Commander G. Knyvett
Intelligence – Squadron Leader Green
and some others not really worth bothering about.