Category Archives: 1944/03

March 26th 1944 – Bombay


Morton and I have a last brandy session until they throw us out and he tells me of his experiences with mothers and angry husbands in 2 1/2 years in India. On the 24th I embark on “Orontes”. Grindlays have … Continue reading

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March 23rd 1944 – Bombay


Morton and I have a “debauch” on Cyprus brandy with 1/2 a dozen wing commanders and squadron leaders straight out from the UK. Some retire sick and all have fearful heads the next day, so perhaps the linings in our … Continue reading

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March 22nd 1944 – Bombay


I leave Bangalore 8.30am on the 19th. The night before, Saturday, is whisky night and I have quite a party with Pete Lewer, Smith and some naval F.A.A. type from Ceylon. I am in good form shouting “Fall out all … Continue reading

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March 21st 1944 – Bangalore


Conditions for 1939/43 and Africa Stars are out. As opposed to the Army, you cannot get Africa Star if qualified for 39/43 Star. The Army is the other way round. Aircrew after two months in an operational squadron and one … Continue reading

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March 20th 1944 – Bangalore


AOC says he will consult SASO on my report when he comes in, so I put in a minute to SASO which he says is “bloody rude”. However, he gets it changed and tells me I shall not have too … Continue reading

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March 8th 1944


The AOC gives me an adverse report! Says I lack initiative and made a poor show of 2 squadron! Eventually he says he will wait until SASO returns and consult him – because Macworth (AOC) does not know me and … Continue reading

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March 6th 1944


A damn great cyclone off Madras and a good drop of rain here. We lose a Catalina in it at sea. Another convoy sails from Bombay which I miss. S/L Ramsey lets me have his greatcoat for £8, in condition … Continue reading

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