Mission Fraternite 2020 Whitley Aircrew remembered

Mission Fraternite 2020 Whitley Aircrew remembered

Our friends from Mission Fraternite 2020 will be hoisting the flags of the Republic of France and the United Kingdom at the cemetery from sunrise on Wednesday 20th until sunset on Thursday 21st May on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the death of the airmen which occurred on 20th may 1940 at around 11:30pm. The Ode of Remembrance will be read in from of the graves.

We thank the Mission Fraternite Team for such a fitting tribute to these brave airmen.

Driffield Town Council will mirror the tribute on May 20-21st the flag to be risen in the presence of the Mayor at sunrise and then lowered on the 21st with the Last Post being played.  We will record the event and perhaps stream in live on social media.

The graves of the airmen of R for Robert
Mission Fraternité's tribute to the aircrew of Whitley V N1380 DY-R for Robert.

The Whitley V N1380 DY-R for Robert took off from RAF Driffield in an attempt to help stem the German onslaught through Northern France in 1940 and it is assumed was hit by Flak near the target area and crashed near Hamégicourt carrying its five crew to their deaths. They were Flight Lieutenant David Owen (22), Pilot Officer Dennis Holbrook (20), Sgt Duncan Barrett, LAC Reginald Newberry (20) and AC2 Michael Dolan (19).

Whitley V, N1380 'DY-R', of No. 102 Squadron RAF
Whitley V, N1380 'DY-R', of No. 102 Squadron RAF
Whitley V RAF Driffield
Three Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark Vs take off on a leaflet-dropping ("Nickelling") sortie from Driffield, Yorkshire. In the foreground is Whitley V, N1380 'DY-R', of No. 102 Squadron RAF, surrounded by service personnel and visiting journalists. This aircraft may have been the first aircraft to deliberately drop bombs on Germany when it took part in the important raid on Hornum on the night of 19/20 March 1940. © IWM (C 927)

For further details of Whitley “R” for Robert and the brave airmen on the images.

Operation Bookworm Update

Some more of the stories that have come in over the last week…The Wavy Navy, Surrender at Singapore, Falklands – The Battle for Darwin, D-Day Diary, Great Uncles of WW1, Massacre by the Japanese, Surrender of the U-Boats, Royal Naval Patrol Service and Dad’s Story of Dunkirk.

Some are very moving, some stirring, some amusing, and some tales of ordinary people doing both ordinary and extraordinary things.  Also seeing some more  international ones from Australia, USA, Canada and the Netherlands.

A big thank you for sending your articles in to us.  Please ask your friends, relatives colleagues and neighbours to send in their contributions to Operation Bookworm.

 

Operation Bookworm

"Helping us all through the Great Isolation"

Operation Bookworm

With all BMMHS talks cancelled for the summer and hoping to resume in September, we have decided to put the ample time we all have our hands at present  to produce a book with the main content being from articles, memories, anecdotes of military experiences (serving or civilian) of our members or their family members and friends.    

We will also look to include articles and book excerpts from various authors and historians. The working title at the moment is ‘Glimpses of War’.  All the net profits will be donated to the Blind Veterans UK charity.  

Please keep them coming…Send them into us at info@bmmhs.org

VE Day Celebrations

VE Day 8th May 1945

The British Modern Military History Society salutes all those men and women who fought and contributed to Victory in Europe on 8 May 1945.   We all owe a great level of gratitude and thanks for the trials, sacrifices and suffering  that generation went through to win the war against an unspeakable Nazi tyranny.

However, we must not forget that World War 2 did not finish on VE Day.  The war in the far east against the Japanese continued for 3 more months until August 1945 and the dropping of the two atomic bombs.   Many British, Commonwealth and other allied servicemen and woman fought and died in that period, and we must not forget them.

Enjoy  VE Day celebrations today, but let’s make sure we celebrate and remember VJ Day in August.

 Stay safe and well.

The BMMHS Team

Do you have any recollections of VE Day that you or your family wish to share with us for Operation Bookworm

Please send them to info@bmmhs.org

BMMHS Raising funds for Blind Veterans UK

VWE Celebrations London
VE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN LONDON, ENGLAND, UK, 8 MAY 1945 (D 24587) A number 3 double-decker bus slowly pushes its way through the huge crowds gathered in Whitehall to hear Churchill's Victory speech and celebrate Victory in Europe Day. The crowd is a mix of service personnel, civilians and children. Behind the bus, people line the balconies of the buildings along the street, and in the background, Westminster Abbey can be seen. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205201888
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VE Celebrations Paris
VE DAY IN PARIS (OWIL 67436) US Army and Navy officers take French civilians for a ride down the Champs Elysess, Paris in American jeeps after the annoucenment of VE day. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205378335
VWE Celebrations London
VE DAY STREET PARTY, LONDON, 1945 (HU 49482) Children's street party at Brockley in London on VE Day 1945. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205089396
VE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN LONDON, 8 MAY 1945 (MH 21835) HM King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret joined by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London on VE Day. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205021954

Operation Bookworm Update

A few more in recently including all manner of experiences so far, ranging from heroic deeds in WW1, living through the Blitz in Romford,  serving in Iraq in 2003,  life as a POW of the Chinese, life on board RN submarines and a nurse serving on the hospital ship Uganda in the Falklands,  Some are very moving, some stirring, some amusing, and some tales of ordinary people doing both ordinary and extraordinary things.  Also seeing some international ones –  Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, France and Austria.

 

Operation Bookworm

"Helping us all through the Great Isolation"

Operation Bookworm

With all BMMHS talks cancelled for the summer and hoping to resume in September, we have decided to put the ample time we all have our hands at present  to produce a book with the main content being from articles, memories, anecdotes of military experiences (serving or civilian) of our members or their family members and friends.    

We will also look to include articles and book excerpts from various authors and historians. The working title at the moment is ‘Glimpses of War’.  All the net profits will be donated to the Blind Veterans UK charity.  

Please keep them coming…Send them into us at info@bmmhs.org

Operation Bookworm Update

The range of things we have received have been fascinating… a grandmother who was a nurse in WW1 and was torpedoed in the Channel, an aunt who was in Austria when ‘liberated’ by the Russians in 1945 and even the story of a royal hub cap !.

 

Operation Bookworm

"Helping us all through the Great Isolation"

Operation Bookworm

With all BMMHS talks cancelled for the summer and hoping to resume in September, we have decided to put the ample time we all have our hands at present  to produce a book with the main content being from articles, memories, anecdotes of military experiences (serving or civilian) of our members or their family members and friends.    

We will also look to include articles and book excerpts from various authors and historians. The working title at the moment is ‘Glimpses of War’.  All the net profits will be donated to the Blind Veterans UK charity.  

Please keep them coming…Send them into us at info@bmmhs.org

A Short Guide to Great Britain

A Short Guide to Great Britain

War & Navy Departments

Washington DC

During World War II the US War and Navy Departments published an extensive series of pamphlets for use individually by military personnel travelling to Great Britain. These are basically travel guides with a military/World War II twist.

Initially (1942) the pamphlets were titles “A Short Guide to….” Later the names were changed to “A Pocket Guide to….” The booklets  include appropriate geographical, cultural, monetary information, a local language guide and other information that would be of use. Additionally, the booklets include political and military information which is from a decidedly United States 1942-1944 point of view. 

Thank you to Nigel & Fred Schwan OH, USA for this BMMHS Public Information

Do you have any items/snippets of interest that you wish to share with us ?  Email Us:-  Info@bmmhs.org

Operation Bookworm – Launches Today

“Keeping us going through the great Isolation”

Operation Bookworm 

Starts today…

We are looking to produce a book with profits to the Blind Veterans UK  charity comprising a bit of your own family history – it could be your own experiences, your Father or Mother’s, your sons, your grandads, an aunt or uncle.

We only want a short article – from a couple of paragraphs to 3 pages ideally with some photos/documents – certainly not War and Peace or a lengthy,  detailed history of a military career.  

Please get writing & send them to us   info@bmmhs.org

Your help is for a great cause and can keep you focussed during these challenging times of lockdown and self isolation.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us info@bmmhs.org

The BMMHS Team

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“Keeping us going through the Great Isolation”

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Aunt’s Ration Book

Aunt’s Ration Book

Hopefully these won’t be coming back into fashion during this current crisis…. Sadly, I couldn’t find the loo roll tokens though!

Do you have any items/snippets of interest that you wish to share with us ? Info@bmmhs.org