Category Archives: 1945/03

March 24th 1945 – Operation Varsity


The forward facing jobs are now postponed and cancelled thank God. Hamish Selkirk finishes his tour and there is the usual party with ‘B Flight’ drunks very prominent. I get attacked and have my tie chewed off twice and bruise … Continue reading

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March 18th 1945


Yesterday I do a job of work. The Army want forward facing obliques along the roads north of Emmerich for their next attack, and I take some. Chris Blundell-Hill (JDW: he was to be shot down and killed two weeks … Continue reading

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March 13th 1945


I cope with Area 7 as it’s raining, and low cloud, and no one shoots at me. I see the Ruhr steaming in the distance. I then do a contact recce with the 11th Armoured Division, but do not see … Continue reading

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March 9th 1945


We move to Mill – a pressed steel plate strip with a perpetual crosswind and I take up residence with the A.L.O.s in the hope of sneaking a cup of their hot water to shave in the morning. Today I … Continue reading

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March 8th 1945


What a night – We have supper and a drop of scotch in Monica’s flat, and eventually I get talking and out it all comes! Surprise! The most sympathetic and understanding woman I ever met, despite her claim to be … Continue reading

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March 5th 1945


This Gay dame  (JDW: Gaye Priestley) is pretty grim and I have to cope with a tea dance in the Piccadilly hotel. Later, thank God, she suggests Shepheards and then we go to the Brevet Club and I give her … Continue reading

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