I know where he was after June 11, 1942.
Marilyn has just found this document…
13 November 1942!
Patrick got 80% on his exam as a spotter with No. 16 St Pancras Spotters’ Club.
Every clue will help us find where Patrick Maguire was during WWII and if he flew the Mosquito late in the war.
But one word of caution, searching might be addictive…
As soon as Mr Churchill’s call for local defence volunteers (L.D.V.) I joined and remember training with wooden replica riffles. Later it was to become the Home Guard and at this time, I was serving as a Lance Corporal. The Royal observer corps were calling for volunteers to form aircraft spotters club throughout Britain to be called the National Association of spotters clubs. My pal and I were one of the first few to apply and formed the number 17 spotters club, and both of us soon gained our 3rd class certificate in spotting, which was earned by identifying no less than 80% of aeroplanes from 62 Different types, by means of black and white silhouette picture cards showing the aircraft in plan, side view and front elevation. (source)
1940/41 MAY 40, Dad joined LDV (Local Defence Volunteers) forerunner of the Home Guard — on first appeal for volunteers. From then on his life was divided between his job — managing clerk of Burnand + Burnand — Solicitors, 39 Church Road, Hove (5 ½ days a week), Secretary of Portslade and District Allotments and Gardens Association — with emphasis on “Dig for Victory” campaign, cultivating 3 allotments (17 ½ rod — with myself looking after 2 ½ nod of it at the bottom of Vale Road), and as a member of the Home Guard — most of the time as QMS (Quarter-master Sergeant) responsible for the battalion stores. I joined the “Spotters Club” — meetings held on Saturdays at the Catholic Church hall at the bottom of Vale Road, as soon as I was old enough — age of 11 years or so. We were instructed in aircraft recognition, discussed members’ lists of aircraft “spotted” during the previous week, and had recognition competitions. I bought weekly the Aircraft Spotter newspaper and read it avidly. I remember walking with the family somewhere on the South Downs close to Portslade at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, looking out over a blue English Channel in bright sunshine. We had our local “Spitfire Week” to raise £5000 to pay for one Spitfire fighter. Local procession finishing up in Portslade recreation ground with sports and games. (source)
The National Association of Spotter Clubs evolved and developed from the Observer Corps
Formed in 1941, the NASC was the body that co-ordinated large numbers of aircraft spotters. Their duties were to man observation posts and to identify the approach of enemy aircraft. ‘Spotters’ were skilled in the art of identifying hostile aircraft from friendly aircraft and many ‘Spotters’ were indeed children. It was a crucial part of the war effort as it gave valuable minutes for civilians to take cover from enemy bombing.
The above badge is an ideal symbol for the NASC as it shows a wonderful profile of an aircraft flying over a townscape or cityscape. The sublime blue of the sky and the raised profiling of the aircraft conveys a strong graphic message.
Made by Roden (London), it is a stunning example of a WWII Homefront badge. (source)
About spotting aircraft, a veteran air gunner lent me those to scan…
How many can you identify?
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