Category Archives: 1941/05

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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May 9th 1941


I do two more recco patrols yesterday and front gun a gun team (horses) on Falluja plain. Most of the time is spent low flying over the area and taking photographs with my camera. A Sgt pilot in an Oxford, … Continue reading

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May 8th 1941


I don’t go flying yesterday. A bit of tip and run bombing from “Peggy” Audaxes, one of which is shot down by a Blenheim fighter. A Savoia and a Northrop spotted force landed in the desert, and are destroyed after … Continue reading

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May 6th 1941


I go up at dawn to look for my gun, with James Fairweather in the back, and find it’s not there. How I take off I don’t know as it’s almost pitch dark. Sit about doing nothing until 3.30pm. The … Continue reading

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May 5th 1941


More shelling at dawn and at 9am today, despite patrols in the air all night. Pat Weir and a platoon of Kings Own do a successful raid Dhibban way last night without any casualties. I am on at dawn, 4.15, … Continue reading

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May 4th 1941


Shelling last night from 9.30 – 12.30 and then again at 4am. I lie quaking in my bed, but they don’t seem to do much damage. This morning we are all split into 4 hour “watches” so I get a … Continue reading

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May 3rd 1941


War! I went up at sunrise in the back of Broadhurst’s Audax, without a parachute like a fool, and we drop 20lb bombs on the guns in conjunction with Oxfords and Wellingtons from Shaibah. I use the rear gun on … Continue reading

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