This excerpt comes from a memoir written by 1/Lt. Robert Mosely of the 89th Squadron, 3rd Bomb Group. Given the mention of the Philippines, the events below would have taken place in late 1944 or 1945. As described earlier, our tent, up on a wooden floor, was a great improvement over out “housing” in […]
Something I didn’t know about World War Two
Rumble in the Jungle: The Story of Force 136 is on at the Chinese Canadian Military Museum in Vancouver Canada until the end of 2016. More information at: www.ccmms.ca
Ironically, while these men were agents for the Allies, back home in Canada they were not considered citizens. Although born in Canada, these soldiers could not vote, nor could they become engineers, doctors or lawyers. Many were forced to live in segregated neighborhoods. In some cities, they were forbidden to swim in public pools and were forced to sit in the back of theaters.
In late 1941, Japan entered the war. It quickly invaded large swathes of Southeast Asia. Many of these areas had been British, French and Dutch colonies.
Britain was desperate to infiltrate the region. They had had some success in occupied Europe when Special Operations Executive (SOE.) trained and dropped secret agents into France…
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“Thin”, that’s the nickname my wife’s uncle had used in 2009 when his daughter showed him the picture of the crew.
With this information I then decided to write this post.
My wife’s cousin wrote me again about her father and the Athabaskan…
I had told her that I did not want to bother her with the story of Athabaskan.
I can be quite obsessive sometimes.
You don’t cause me any problems, it’s a real pleasure to dive into history. On the contrary, I’m deeply grateful because I now know a lot more about my father’s involment in the war..
Yesterday, while talking to dad, I noticed that he was a little bit confused, consciously or unconsciously; this disurbs him. I decided that I was to respect that. On the other hand, I bought with me the picture you gave me of the crew of the Athabaskan taken in April 1944. He recognized someone. He is the sailor in the middle between the two cannons in the third row; he is chubby. He did not recall his name, but he recalls his nickname: “Thin”… something like that. He met him once after the year.
He was happy to see the picture and I promised him to print a copy.
I started looking for pictures of my dad… When I am done, I will contact you again.
Have a nice day.
This is “Thin…”
I wonder if my wife’s uncle had a nickname on the Athabaskan…
When I look at that picture, I think of all those brave men who gave their lives for their country and all those who survided the war but have to live now with their memories of the sinking.
I thought this morning I had finally found who “Thin” was on this Website.
But if my wife’s uncle did meet “Thin” after the war then he can’t possibly be Robert Lawrence Yeadon…
About an unsung hero who flew with RAF 203 Squadron.
Pilot Officer Donald Hickson was assigned to RAF 203 Squadron he completed 23 reconnaissance sorties as observer / navigator / second pilot flying in Martin Maryland IIs and Baltimores over the Mediterranean Sea.
His story will be told by his son on a new blog.
This site is dedicated to the memory of all those aircrew that served in the Commonwealth Air Forces during World War Two. The numbers are astounding. Some 185,600 aircrew served and approximately 70,200 made the ultimate sacrifice. The number of sorties flown and the number of aircraft lost is also difficult to comprehend.
- Bomber Command – 392,100 sorties and 9,100 aircraft lost
- Fighter Command – 700,200 sorties and 3,500 aircraft lost
- Coastal Command – 235,700 sorties and 1,600 aircraft lost
To the best of my knowledge, there were about 126 Squadrons in the RAF, RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF and other Commonwealth Air Forces.
Obviously, the subject is much too broad to cover in any meaningful way in a single blog.
In particular, this blog is dedicated to those who served with RAF 203 Squadron during World War Two and all relevant submissions are welcomed.
I will make periodic posts about…
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Can anybody help?
I am trying to find a print quality image of the EMPIRE MORN CAM ship for use in a chapter about Arctic Convoys PQ15 and return convoy QP12 when Flying Officer Kohn B Kendall, the CAM pilot on the EMPIRE MORN, was killed after shooting down a Ju 88 bomber. He was the only CAM pilot to be killed after launch.
CAN ANYBODY HELP?
Great tribute to one who got back.
At the height of the war, the life expectancy of a fighter pilot was measured in weeks, for a bomber crew it was perhaps even less. With tours of duty standing at around 30 missions, it was rare to find anyone who survived these tours without at least serious injury or mental health issues. Many paid the price with their life.
Whilst aircraft could be salvaged, patched up, repaired and put back into the air, it was not so easy for crewmen to be returned to battle so quickly. It was therefore, very rare to find anyone completing one or even two missions in a front line aircraft. Of course the subject of what constitutes a mission is in itself open for debate, ‘milk runs’ leaflet drops etc all create fractions of a mission, but this aside, for any airman to surpass 100 missions was indeed rare.
We have seen…
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