Category Archives: 1941/05

May 19th 1941


Another ME110 damaged at Rachid. A new AOC arrives, Air Vice Marshal D’Albiac, who evacuated from Greece and so knows his stuff. Old Smart had a slight car crash and packed it in with shock. (JDW: the original AOC, AVM … Continue reading

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May 17th 1941


Saw Reggie Wall, who has alot of “superficial” holes in him. He was testing a plane and doing a wide circuit when six ME110s caught him over Dhibban. He did a crash landing somewhere, got out and ran for shelter … Continue reading

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May 16th 1941


I have just taken off on a recco. with Tiny and look back to see smoke over the camp, and three Heinkels high in the air. One is lagging behind, with a Gladiator on its tail. The Gladiator is then … Continue reading

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May 15th 1941


A recco plane vanishes with Blackall and Ritz, pupils, on board. A Blenheim is attacked four times by an ME 110 at Mosul and 6 109s are seen nearby in Northern Iraq. 5 go off to drop leaflets on Falluja, … Continue reading

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May 13th 1941


A few Heinkels reported by the British minister at Beirut, and the Turkish consul at Mosul. Russia has recognised Rachid Ali, so what to do – this isn’t over yet. Today, with W/O Frewin and Haig, went to bomb petrol … Continue reading

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May 12th 1941


115 degrees yesterday, and was it hot in our tent. I go out on a bombing raid to Musaib, where there is an arms factory, but fail to hit anything. Then this morning a two hour patrol from 4.15 with … Continue reading

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May 10th 1941


I do a sort of contact patrol as our forces occupy Najara, going out with them as a guardian angel. Very hazy today, and I sit about in the tent all day, gradually getting deeper and deeper in dust. As … Continue reading

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