CAM Ships – Protecting the Convoy from the Condors – Redux

Great post about a little piece of history on naval warfare in WWII.

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Norman Taylor was one of the pilots who flew the Hurricat.

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Hurricat

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Hurricat log book

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Click Here – Remembering the Dieppe raid – August 19, 1942

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There is a story behind that picture.

According to his son Terry…

Dad had over 900 hours total and 220 plus in actual engagement. He flew six sorties at Dieppe and I believe was credited a 190 destroyed on that day. They left before first light and returned after dark.

 

Les frères Rousseau

Who remembers the Rousseau brothers?

Something I wrote on March 19, 2010 on Souvenirs de guerre, the French version of Lest We Forget.

Souvenirs de guerre

Les frères Rousseau avaient été au Collège militaire de Kingston.

Voici l’article que le Centre Juno Beach m’a envoyé cette semaine. Il a été écrit en décembre 1945. Il est de la plume de G.-H. Dagneau.

Claude Rousseau, le frère de Philippe et Maurice, s’est rendu en France le 11 septembre 1945. Il a visité en premier la Lorraine et ensuite le Calvados. Il a su ce qui était arrivé à ses frères.

Philippe est mort en héros le 6 juin 1944, deux heures seulement après avoir sauté en parachute. Maurice est mort le 17 septembre, trois mois plus tard aussi comme un héros en Lorraine.

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Au cours de son voyage, M. Claude Rousseau apprit que son frère avait aussi pour mission de rencontrer à Banville, le maire de la place qui…

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RAF Elsham Wolds: Part Two

A story you will always remember when you open a jar of strawberry jam…

Lest We Forget

John Knifton

In a previous article, I wrote of how I had visited the RAF airbase where my Dad, Fred, had served during the Second World War, RAF Elsham Wolds in north Lincolnshire. Look for the orange arrow:

small scale

Not much of the original airfield was left, just a single aircraft hangar, which looked like a very large Nissen hut and was now painted white.
Very little else remained of 103 Squadron’s old home, beyond various stretches of derelict runway, now mostly covered in huge piles of builder’s rubble. Half of one runway has Severn Trent Water Authority buildings standing on it. The other end has a metal fence built over it. A second runway has a major road, the A15, constructed more or less right on top of it:

the new road
If you knew where to look, and could recognise what they were, there were still quite a number of disused dispersal points. Overall, it seemed a very long time indeed since those dark…

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