Just a few items and
articles that have been submitted which may be of use to you
that don't fit into the usual categories.
Hi everyone, I mentioned the RAF service Medal to Larry after spotting
the Awards Productions website. I lost my father's WW2 medals years ago
and thought I would replace them in a personalised presentation frame.
They did such a good job I decided to get my grandfathers WW1 medals
done the same way. That's when I noticed the RAF Service Medal. It's a
very attractive commemorative medal available to anyone who served in
the RAF, with clasps, engraved, and in a personalised case. I've now got
a nice collection to pass onto my son and thereafter his son. I wonder
what he will make of them when he's old enough to understand. As Larry
says, if you are interested go online and have a look.
You won't be
I find your site when I am looking
for information about an attack to the cargo ship "Bonita" at December
27, 1940 off Ponta Delgada harbour by the English submarine "Trident".
list of RAF air base abroad you forget The Lages Air Base at Terceira
Island The Azores Archipelago established at 1943, October Two years
later the base was transferred to the US Navy until today.
using the computer of my grandson.
personal address is
Gustavo Moura, free lancer journalist
I sent an item to you
some time ago and since then have finished writing my autobiography. It
has now been published by
Woodfield Publishing in UK. RRP £9.95.
I have bought 60 copies to be sold in the UK and all proceeds from these
sales will go to the UK Charity IDEALS. See their website and Leonard
Cheshire Centre website. My experiences at Dunedu and Gan (1963/64)
together with tours in Libya (1948/9) Germany (1953/5) Cyprus (1959/61)
and a second tour of Germany (1965/68) form a major part of the
Purchasers in UK who wish to donate to IDEALS can order from:
1 Windsor Drive,
U.K. BN16 3SW
Cheques for UK residents Value of £13 inc. P&P made payable to IDEALS
sent to the above address will be responded to with little delay.
Letters with cheques should quote number of books required, Name and
Address for postal delivery. Mention this web site so that Mike can
If preferred, the book can be ordered by email from the
website but the charity misses out if this is done. Overseas residents
should send a cheque as above but to the value of £15.
On behalf of IDEALS, I thank you,
New Book just
released by Bantam Press..............
About the book:
Bill Ash lost his US citizenship to join the RAF (RCAF 411 Sqn) while
America was still neutral in 1940. He flew Spitfires in combat in 1941
and was shot down over France in 1942. He crash-landed and was helped by
the French Resistance, eventually falling into the hands of the Gestapo
in Paris where he was tortured for refusing to give away the names of
He was then sent to a series of POW camps, including Stalag Luft III,
made famous by The Great Escape. He helped to lead major tunnel
breakouts in camps in Germany, Poland and Lithuania before finally
escaping in the last days of the war. He is still alive and well, living
in London where he remained after the war and was awarded the MBE for
his escape activities.
Sometimes very funny, sometimes heart-wrenching, Bill describes the
humour and humanity that helped ordinary people achieve extraordinary
things during the conflict that shaped our history. This week is the UK
launch, also Australia and NZ (the book will be available in USA and
Canada from October).
Many thanks for taking the time to read - as I'm sure you know it is a
mighty task to get such a book published these days and I would really
like as many people as possible to get to know about it, so please feel
free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.
About the Author
The easiest way to describe Bill is as a real-life
version of the fictional character of Hilts the 'Cooler King' played by
Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. In his review of Under the Wire, Alan
Plater comments "Bill Ash is the real thing. He makes Steve McQueen look
like Jim Carrey".
Co-Author with Bill Ash
Under The Wire
the content of an e-mail received from Larry Dodds:
From: Reinhard Wiese
To: Larry Dodds
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 18:58:52 +0200
where have you been? I was looking for you 2 all the time during our
stay in Addu. When new guests came I thought it could be you. We have
been only 10 gasts in the Equator Village. It was beautiful quiet. The
weather was...youwould not believe me, but we had incredible sunshine day by day, only 1
day of rain during this 3 weeks. It is very quiet in Addu now, because
all the people from Sri Lanka, working in the factories, have left last
The most shops have closed. No buses on the roads anymore and no noise.
Only when a plane arrives, you can see some cars. It is very different.
We also went over to Huludu and Medu, the other islands you see on the
right site. But from this islands a lot of people went to Male and now
there are only 1500 people on this big island. Years before it was more than 6000. We
had a very nice lunch there on the beach with lobster and real Maldivian
things. The last night we spend in Male. There was so much traffic, I
could not sleep. It was 1 day before Ramadan starts and all people were
Now you know what's going on in Addu. I hope to hear from you soon.
Many regards from Monika and Reinhard
the reply I received from the Veterans Agency to my e-mail
requesting clarification of eligibility for receipt of a Veteran's Lapel
Badge. It makes interesting reading !!
Mr P Small
Veterans Services Team
Norcross, Thornton – Cleveleys FY5 3WP
27th April 2005
Veteran's Lapel Badge
Thank you for your e-mail dated 23rd
April which you raised concerns about the eligibility of the scheme.
The Minister for Veterans intention is that the
Veteran's lapel badge should in due course be made available to UK
Armed Forces' veterans of all generations and conflicts.
However, he believes it makes sense to fulfil the demand from Second
World War veterans first before we further extend the eligibility
The Minister also announced in the House of
Commons on 20th January 05 that from 1st
February this year, the eligibility to receive a badge was to be
extended to all Service leavers, subject to certain conditions.
This is to reinforce the high esteem in which the country holds, and
the thanks we owe to, those who fought 60 years ago, along with
today's Armed Forces personnel, who do such a first class job, as
was exemplified by the remarkable young man who was warded the
Victoria Cross in the latest Operational Honours List for his
outstanding acts of gallantry in Iraq.
For Service leavers, and only for Service
leavers, the qualifying criteria governing eligibility to
receive the Veteran's badge are:
At least 5 years' reckonable service.
Not discharged from the Services for administrative or disciplinary
For those who are discharged for medical reasons the length of
service is waived.
Please rest assured that there is no intention to
apply length of service as a criterion to try to exclude any group
of veterans from being eligible to receive a Veteran's lapel
We will extend the eligibility criteria at a
later date, which has yet to be decided and we will do so on a
chronological basis, taking in those who served between the two
World Wars along with those who served in the 1940s but after the
end of the Second World War.
I do hope this explains the position.
[Vic] Hawes, RAF Gan 1958].....As
I discovered it's now possible to get a copy of your RAF Service Record
totally free of charge.
Just send a request for your Service Record
with your name, rank and number together with a photocopy of your
passport (the page with your personal details and photo) to the address
below. In my case they were very quick, a colour copy of four records
sheets arrived just ten days after I submitted my request. This gave
precise dates for postings, promotions etc. which were otherwise not
particularly accurate after the passage of 50 years or so!
your requests to:
PMA IM1b (RAF)
RAF Personnel Management Agency
Gloucester GL3 1EZ
Information is free to the person to whom the records refer or their
widow or widower, otherwise Innsworth make a charge of £25.00 for any
information they provide.