Hawker Hurricane: Pure Determination

Free French pilot who died at Dieppe on August 19th, 1942.

Aviation Rapture

Hawker Hurricane: Pure Determination

Overwhelming portrait of Adjutant Emile Fayolle. He was a Free French pilot in the RAF,a Battle of Britain veteran,Fayolle was sadly shot down by Anti-Aircraft fire during the Op. Jubilee in 1942.
He is wearing the early-WW2 usual British headgear: the iconic B helmet,the not very efficient Mk IIIA googles and the crude D oxy mask.

His stare burns.

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Who remembers Earl Charles Mayo?

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MAYO, Earl Charles
W/C (ret’d) DFC, CD
September 8, 1917 – January 3, 2014
Charles Mayo

Passed away peacefully, with family at his side, on Friday, January 3rd, at the age of 96. Beloved husband of Elizabeth Mayo (nee Newcombe) for 64 years. Survived by his children Bob (Evelyn), Barbara (Emidio Melara), Bruce (Sandra West) and Bill (Lillian Sung). Proud grandfather of Christopher, Ian, Jamie, Laura, Andrew, Lisa, Katie and Jake. Predeceased by parents Charles and Ella, and by brother Russell. Earl served during WWII as a bomber pilot with 427 Squadron R.C.A.F., completing a tour of operations, for which he was awarded a DFC. Continued to serve in the R.C.A.F. as a pilot and administrative officer, retiring in 1968 as Commandant of Canadian Forces Headquarters. After retiring, he worked as Secretary to the Royal Architectural Institute. After fully retiring to Burritt’s Rapids and ultimately Kemptville, Ontario, his retirement years were filled with travel, outdoor cooking, golf, curling, volunteer activities and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2014

Who remembers Earl Charles Mayo?


His navigator does…

To the Mayo family,
I was the navigator in Earl Mayo’s crew with 427 Squadron during WW II. While on the squadron in 1944, Earl and I enjoyed many good drinks together. My late wife, Irene, and I kept in touch with both Elizabeth and Earl, and enjoyed many visits to their homes. From myself and my family, our sincerest sympathy. On behalf of the Lion Squadron, a last ‘Roar’!

Allan Todd, Gatineau (Buckingham), Quebec.

Charles Mayo

MAYO, F/O Earl Charles (J25382)

– Distinguished Flying Cross

– No.427 Squadron

– Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.

Born 1917; home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 September 1939. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943.

No citation other than “completed…many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.” DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (129 hours 45 minutes), 24 July to 4 November 1944.

This captain has completed twenty-five heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy. His work in general has been exceptional and through his courage, skill and determination in action he has been an inspiration to his crew. (source)

The Myth of the Good War: America in World War II 60 Years Ago, February 13-14, 1945: Why was Dresden Destroyed

Interesting information on why was Dresden destroyed.


Dresden was obliterated in order to intimidate the Soviets with a demonstration of the enormous firepower that permitted bombers of the RAF and the USAAF to unleash death and destruction hundreds of kilometers away from their bases, and the subtext was clear: this firepower could be aimed at the Soviet Union itself. This interpretation explains the many peculiarities of the bombing of Dresden, such as the magnitude of the operation, the unusual participation in one single raid of both the RAF and USAAF, the choice of a “virginal” target, the (intended) enormity of the destruction, the timing of the attack, and the fact that the supposedly crucially important railway station and the suburbs with their factories and Luftwaffe airfield were not targeted. The bombing of Dresden had little or nothing to do with the war against Nazi Germany: it was an American British message for Stalin, a message that cost the lives of tens of thousands of people. Later that same year, two more similarly coded yet not very subtle messages would follow, involving even more victims, but this time Japanese cities were targeted, and the idea was to direct Stalin’s attention to the lethality of America’s terrible new weapon, the atomic bomb.[27] Dresden had little or nothing to do with the war against Nazi Germany; it had much, if not everything, to do with a new conflict in which the enemy was to be the Soviet Union. In the horrible heat of the infernos of Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Cold War was born.

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The Night Witches

From Elinor Florence

I don’t have to read it to know it’s that good.

The Russians were the only women in the world who engaged in combat during World War Two. These daring young women, some of them just teenagers, flew lightweight aircraft that dodged and darted and dropped bombs on the enemy under cover of darkness. So feared were they that the Germans called them The Night Witches.

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‘Those Magnificent Men…’

Thanks Hilary

Green Writing Room

[This is a post for aeroplane nuts, feel free to pass on by.]

On Saturday we went with aeroplane enthusiast friends to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. This is an airfield, plus many great hangers, with aircraft spanning both world wars and up to today’s fighting/rescue aeroplanes. I did my best with my little camera. Here we have a Gypsy Moth.

DSCN6312And here is the Rapide from the 1930’s, in which people can take joy-rides from Duxford.

Rapide Rapide

The Boeing B 17 Flying Fortress Sally B being fettled before she took off. Memphis Belle

One of the most exciting displays was the wing walkers. Here is one warming up.

DSCN6343And here they are in the air. One of them is piloted by David Barrell, who used to be a partner in our local garage, keeping my series of very fourth-hand cars on the road.DSCN6366DSCN6367 I worry about the G force. Here’s one for you…

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Why I have been writing this blog since 2009?

This blogger wrote this in 2005.

Friday, January 14, 2005

WARWRITING: Reading and writing for military buffs.

War and military events have forged the entire history of humankind throughout the 50,000 years of our known existence. Despotism, cruelty, and oppression, democracy, politics, nationhood, exploration, religions, social development, the spread of tyranny, prejudice, pestilence, tolerance, and ideals, the evil of slavery and its abolition, advances in medicine, technology, science, and the arts — all came about as the result of warfare, and continue to do so.
This is not said to glorify war; quite the contrary. Nobody detests the pain, horror, and wholesale deaths of combat more than do warriors themselves. Yet, over the past few decades, public understanding of the importance of military history to our society today has become so eroded as to be virtually non-existent, and the armed services have fallen into disrepute. This change has come about over the past 30 years, largely because study of history in general, and military history in particular, is no longer taught by most schools and universities in English-speaking countries. Whenever military issues ever do happen by chance to be raised in academe, teachers’ most common response is cliche-ridden scorn and pacifist distortion, born of their own personal lack of knowledge about actual political/military events of the past.
Print and broadcast media are also dominated by the new dogma of ‘political correctness’ that rejects the validity of patriotism and the harsh lessons of history that has proved time and again the necessity of democratic nations sometimes needing to go to war to protect their very survival. Press pundits and television anchor-persons habitually show an almost laughable ignorance of the historical background of the countries, conflicts, or disasters they gravely purport to be explaining. They rarely offer any historical perspective, but instead often perpetuate the widespread simple ignorance of past events that has brought about a sort of naive expectation of permanent universal peace.
Seldom mentioned now in the halls of academe or by TV and newspapers, is that the very freedom we enjoy in Western countries today was bought at the human cost of millions of men and women who fought and died to defeat oppressive regime. As a military historian myself, who has researched and written about military affairs for many years, I believe that more widespread understanding of the role of warfare in world history is the best possible weapon in the struggle for world peace.
From time to time, I intend to write on this ‘blog’ about the enjoyment and benefits of studying and writing military history, with excerpts from my own books and those of other authors. I intend this site to develop and grow gradually, with added helpful information about writing and reading military books, articles, theses, movie scripts, and Web sites. As part of a collective process, I cordially welcome comments from like-minded visitors about the topic and any other suggested readings in military history they care to share here.
Best Regards.
— Sidney Allinson.

Masculine Compensatory Fantasy

I have met a veteran who suffered from this…

This article is most interesting to read especially if you write about military history.

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The incidence of “wannabes” claiming to be veterans, war heroes, or members of elite military units has reached ridiculous proportions. Just a couple of months ago, I heard of two more cases of exposure of such fraud by men claiming to have been Vietnam-era SEALs; one in Naples, Florida, and the other in Mobile, Alabama. Many SpecOps veterans I have spoken to have their own favorite stories about these phonies, and I have even encountered a few cases myself.