Every story has to be told – Section Officer Ruth J. McJannet

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Section Officer Ruth J. McJannet

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Lt. Sam Marett & the Seversky P-35

Forgotten no more…

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An unsung hero and a forgotten plane.

On December 10, 1941, the US Far East Air Force in the Philippines was still reeling from the disastrous Japanese attacks on Dec. 8 and 9. Two thirds of its heavy bombers had been destroyed on the ground and its remaining fighter force had been nearly halved.

P35_landing_Ipa_Dec-1941 A Seversky P-35A landing in bad weather at Iba Airfield, Luzon

What remained of the battered fighter and bomber squadrons had been dispersed to emergency fields, some of them lacking even the most basic items such as food, water and toilet facilities. As was the case with the pilots of the 34th Pursuit Squadron; they spent a foodless and nearly sleepless night at the primitive San Marcelino field.  They took off before dawn and flew their 16 remaining Seversky P-35’s back to Del Carmen airfield, only to find orders to attack a Japanese invasion fleet off…

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Les souvenirs de guerre de Jimmy Goodwin

The memoirs of Flight Lieutenant Harry James Goodwin, DFC, DFM

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Goodwin

On the 10th July 1940 two contingents from Rhodesia were attested directly into the Royal Air Force and subsequently sent to England for training.
Having done our basic training at Bridge North in England and some were sent to 44 Rhodesia Squadron as ground staff working on Hampdens and subsequently on Lancasters.

I was subsequently sent to St. Athens in Wales for training as a Flight Engineer before being posted to No.78 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse for operational flying, on Halifax Bombers, and completed my first tour of operation over enemy territory.

This included flights to the Rhur, Berlin, Turin, Muzenburg and also mine laying in the Baltic Sea in the region of Sweden.

During one trip to Berlin, having reached Hannover, I discovered the overload tank in the bomb bay had the fuel cap left off and was giving strong fumes into the cabin. I spent considerable time trying to…

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Remembering another Alouette

About a Rhodesian Flight Engineer in the RAF

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Goodwin Harry James
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Flight Lieutenant DFC
Flight Engineer
crew M.J. Dugas
Rhodesia
Tour history:
06-12-1942 to 23-05-1943 (26 trips)
18-03 to 09-08-1944 (13 sorties)
9-15 Sept 1944 (6 sorties)

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Rhodesian Airman’s Escape

F LT. H. GOODWIN, D.F.C., D.F.M., BACK IN LONDON

LONDON, Saturday: The daring escapades of three Air Force officers — two South Africans and one Rhodesian — in captivity  in Germany was told to me recently when I met Lieutenant Southwood, S.A.A.F., of Zeecrust and Flight Lieutenant Harry Goodwin, D.F.C., D.F.M., of Bulawayo in London.

The third man, Lieutenant De Bruyn, S.A.A.F., is also from the Transvaal.

Goodwin was shot down over the Ruhr early in November, 1944, bailed out and was taken to Stalag Luft III where he joined the two South Africans. Southwood said : “We made a secret radio set from tins and all kind of oddments out of Red Cross parcels and the…

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HMAS Australia

About HMAS Australia and her valiant service during World War Two.

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HMAS Australia, imagery scanned from Navy Historic Archive

Possibly the ship with the most colorful World War II history was HMAS Australia, fondly known as “The Aussie”. The Aussie fought for almost the entire duration of the war. A county class cruiser commissioned in 1928 she was the second ship to bear the name of her country.

With the outbreak of WWII Aussie sailed for the Atlantic to begin her long wartime career that she was to fight on all fronts and against all enemies.  In September, 1940, she was in Operation Menace off Dakar, French West Africa.  Bombers of the Luftwaffe tried in vain to sink her whilst she was berthed alongside in Liverpool during the period when the city suffered its worst blitz. During her war service Aussie went everywhere.

n December 1941 when Japan entered the war Aussie became the flagship or Rear Admiral Crace, followed…

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Pearl Harbor’s Legacy

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1941_Pearl HarborToday, 76 years ago, the Japanese Naval Air Force delivered the opening blow in the war that would set the whole of the Pacific and Indian Ocean ablaze. In a daring attack that only lasted one hour and 15 minutes, the Japanese airmen sank or badly damaged 8 battleships and 11 other vessels, killed 2403 persons  and wounded an additional 1178. At a cost  of 29 aircraft, 5 midget submarines and 129 men.

But traumatic as this attack was, it was only the beginning of a carefully orchestrated assault on what the Japanese military rulers called the “Southern Resource Area”, the incredibly rich British and Dutch dominions of Malaya and Indonesia.  With the American Navy removed as a threat, the invasion of Malaya started that same day (the 8th of December on the other side of the dateline). Singapore was bombed during the night of December 8 while at the…

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Book review

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Souvenirs de guerre

Book review

Bagotville 75 Years of Air Defence.

by Pierre Gillard, aeronautical reporter, 5 December 2017

The first thing you will most certainly notice when you buy this book by Marc-André Valiquette is its price! But as soon as you have it in your hands, you’ll understand why: it weighs exactly 2.9 kilograms and has 512 pages, a very large number of which are in colour. In terms of weight/price, you’re a winner, as well as, rest assured, in terms of value for the price. Indeed, in recent years, this author has accustomed us to books of excellent quality, and this one about the history of Canadian Forces Base Bagotville is also proving to be a masterpiece of historical research, documents and stories. Everything is related to it with a flawless historical meticulousness. As has been the case since Marc-André’s first title, the text is bilingual in order to satisfy…

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