Tuesday, 8 November 2016

WRNS working as radio mechanics in 1943

I found some interesting photos the other day of women in the Women's Royal Naval Service
with the Fleet Air Arm in Scotland in 1943.


The first photo shows the WRNS working as radio mechanics.
They are preparing to board a Fleet Air Arm aircraft
to test the radio whilst the aircraft is in flight.
This was the job my dad did too
and he also started his service in Scotland
before being sent out to West Africa.


By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This photo is even more interesting
as it gives a great idea of what the job of the radio mechanic entailed.


By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When they weren't fixing the radios,
the WRNS could also turn their hands to other electrical equipment in need of repair!

By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

MONAB in Australia

I found an interesting film segment on YouTube the other day.
It's a Pathe News clip showing a MONAB in Australia.
If MONAB is an unfamiliar term then maybe read these posts first.



The caption seems to suggest that 
the film is of Australian forces
 but I think they're British forces.
Anyway, at the opening of the clip 
there's some really good footage of the sort of activities 
the MONAB was involved in.


By the way, anyone who has a particular interest in 
WW2 in the Pacific will like this website:

Saturday, 27 February 2016

More new photos of Freetown in WW2

The other new photos of Freetown in WW2 I've found on WikiCommons.

By Roper, F G (Lt) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Nigerian Bandsmen Entertain British Sailors 

6 December 1942, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Men of the Royal Navy 
back from an Anti-U-boat patrol in the Atlantic, 
come ashore 
to find the band of the Royal West African Frontier Force 
playing in front of the Naval Canteen. 
The musical director is Lieutenant McEwan.

By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
African Naval ratings march past 
His Excellency the Governor of Sierra Leone, 
Major Sir Hubert Stevenson, KCMG, OBE, MC 
who received the salute on the balcony of the Law Courts, Freetown, Sierra Leone. 
Note the large Union Flag hanging beneath the balcony. 
With the Governor are 
Vice Admiral A M Peters, CB, DSO, 
Flag Officer Commanding West Africa
Major General G G Phillips, CB, DSO, MC, 
Area Commander, Sierra Leone; 
and Air Vice Marshal R Graham, CB, CBE, DSO, DSC, DFC, 
Air Officer Commanding West Africa.

My dad wrote in his diary:


Thursday 20th January 1944

"Spent all day in redecorating the billet 
in readiness for the coming of the Admiral on Sunday.
Distempered the inside cream and green 
and really made a good job of it.

Sunday 23rd January 1944

"Great excitement 
caused by the visit of Rear Admiral Peters 
who has just taken over the West African Command."

By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A lifeboat manned by the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy 
is in unusual surroundings 
as it rides "pick-a-pack" 
on a motor lorry in the Red Cross Parade 
at Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

The passenger in the white uniform 
towards the stern of the boat looks like my dad
 .... maybe it is and maybe it isn't!
A great photo I'm sure you'll agree,