The log book

Remembering…

RAF 238 Squadron

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The most precious souvenir of any airman.

His whole career is written inside for all to read. Most  airmen will never talk about what they did in the war. When they take off for their last mission, their precious  log book is left on the runway to be picked up by someone  who knows how precious it is…

Lest We  Forget

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Home to eight squadrons and the Pathfinders.

Interesting fact about the first Canadian built Lancaster

Aviation Trails

The second part of Trail 31 continues on through the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Low soft hills give for superb views and fine examples of aviation heritage. We move on to the former RAF station at Gransden Lodge.

RAF Gransden Lodge

Sitting high on the hill-top, Gransden lodge rests peacefully nestled next to the villages of Little and Great Gransden to the west and Longstowe to the east; the county borders of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire pass right across it. Surrounded by undulating countryside it no longer reverberates to the mass sound of piston engines, but more with the gentle whistle of gliders.

Gransden Lodge was another Cambridgeshire airfield modified to class ‘A’ specifications. It was opened in 1942, initially as a satellite for RAF Tempsford. Going through many modifications, the original design differed greatly from the eventual layout; initially the runways not reaching the perimeter track and there being no allocation…

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An email worth reading

About a new book…

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

Dr. Mark Celinscak had contacted me a few years back. He wanted to get in touch with George White’s son.
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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am grateful that so many of you offered me your generous support over the years. I only hope you will excuse this mass email. I most sincerely appreciate the encouragement and kindness I have received.

I am pleased to inform you that my first book will be published late next week (see attached flyer). The official publication date is 24 October 2015. The book is titled Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp (University of Toronto Press). It examines the experiences of British and Canadian military personnel during the surrender and relief of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northwest Germany at the end of the Second World War.

The official book launch will be part of Holocaust Education Week(HEW) in Toronto. For those…

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Escape From Davao by John D. Lukacs

Little known story about the war in the Pacific.

Plane Dave

This will be the second of my occasional book reviews.  This time I was inspired to write by this fascinating story from the Philippines.  There have certainly been a number of excellent books and movies based on the POW experience and escape.  Most recent would be the book and movie Unbroken, which also deals with an unwilling guest of the Japanese. But this story probably has even more in common with The Great Raid, which is about a late war mission to rescue POWs held in the Phillipines.  At least one of those men rescued appears in this earlier story, and that rescue mission came about in part due to information from the escapees detailed here.

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