Category Archives: 2 Squadron I.A.F.

July 25th 1943 – Kodaikanal


Ronald Chapman and I come up to Kodaikanal for a weekend. We catch a train from Trichinopoly and 0645 and are up here by 14.30. Nearly 7000′ and damn cold at night and early morning. We stay in the Carlton … Continue reading

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July 17th 1943


The Inspector General I.A.F, G/C Pround, with W/C Mazunder and Mukerjee, come round for a two days tour. Everything is gone into and I find out a lot of things that I should have done something about are in a … Continue reading

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July 9th 1943


I go over to Bangalore with the Group Captain in a Hudson for a post-mortem conference on the exercise. Stay in the West End Hotel and in the evening go out with W/C Beaman to “Funnels” for fish and chips … Continue reading

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July 4th 1943 – Bangalore


I go up to Kolar to find the boys moved to Yelahanka just outside Bangalore – in the course of the exercise I fly on there and stay to the end, returning to Trichi on July 2nd. G/C Farquahar takes … Continue reading

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June 29th 1943 – Bangalore – Trichinopoly


I get there for drinks and we retell the Iraq campaign. I am produced to shake hands with A.O.C. in C. Sir Richard Peirse. I get on the Hudson about 0630 and get to Bangalore in time for lunch at 2pm … Continue reading

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June 26th 1943 – Delhi


I fly over to Bangalore and spend the night in the West End Hotel.  I see Jackie for tea and have a helluva booze with W/C Yorke. Pleasant and cold at night and the water tastes excellent. Next morning to … Continue reading

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June 22nd 1943 – Trichinopoly


I nip over to Bangalore one morning and see a few “stooges” in 225 Group landing at Hindustan aircraft factory landing ground. Then I hear a signal ordering me to report to Delhi for medical board “to see if I … Continue reading

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June 8th 1943 – Trichinopoly


I go to the Pierce’s wedding on 2nd. Then to a reception at the Sisters Mess. Not much fun but I manage to keep off the booze and drink iced squash (this at 5pm). Later I go round to Elizabeth … Continue reading

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May 13th 1943 – Imphal


Watty and I go out and dine with the King’s Own before I leave for Imphal. Watty gives a lecture and then we finish Bill’s last bottle of whisky. They have now moved off to Diamond Harbour near Calcutta. Nazir … Continue reading

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May 12th 1943 – Imphal


I go flying twice at Ranchi. Once to watch an artillery demonstration and am stooging around about 2000′ when up comes a mortar bomb above me, hovers a bit, and then drops. The second time I run into a lot … Continue reading

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