By John French
John French first took up flying in 1937 with the college of London Air Squadron and in 1938 joined the Royal Air strength Volunteer Reserve. His early warfare years have been spent teaching newly recruited RAF pilots on Airspeed Oxfords and Avro Ansons. whilst the top of this posting got here via he was once unique to 210 Squadron at Sullom Voe within the Shetlands to fly the Catalina flying boat. In November 1942 the squadron was once ordered south to affix 202 Squadron at Gibraltar.
Here they flew sorties in aid of the North African landings – Operation Torch. those have been long flights out into the Atlantic ways to Gibraltar or Eastwards into the Mediterranean. He flew fifteen sorties during this brief interval sooner than returning to Pembroke Dock. He used to be then advised to report back to Felixstowe to gather Catalina IB FP 222 and to ferry it as much as his new base Sullom Voe.
From this northern base the flying boats flew thirty hour patrols out into the Northern Atlantic trying to find enemy ships and U-boats. On eight September he used to be ordered to execute a longer seek of the Norwegian coast the place it used to be proposal that the Tirpitz and Scharnhorst have been looking guard. Having unsuccessfully searched the total beach at low-level they ultimately touched down at the Kola Inlet after a flight of over twenty-two hours.
As February 1944 got here in the direction of its finish he used to be specified to hide a Russian convoy, JW57, a ways as much as the north of the Arctic Circle. almost immediately sooner than his ETA with the convoy they bought a radar go back. They dropped down lower than the cloud to discover a coarse offended sea and noticed the wake of a boat. in spite of the fact that this used to be now not a boat yet a surfaced U-boat. As they flew into assault they met a hail of 37mm and machine-gun fireplace John dropped to assault point and got here in from the strict shedding intensity fees. therefore got here the death of U-601.
On 18 July 1944 a Liberator of 86 Squadron used to be set
on hearth in the course of an assault on a U-boat and was once compelled to
ditch a few a hundred miles west of the Loften Islands. Eight
members of the team took to their dinghies. A Catalina
was sent on a seek and rescue project the
following day yet did not locate the sufferers. notwithstanding on
20 July they have been resighted. A volunteer workforce was
hastily shaped and took off at 0130 at the twenty first. Some
excellent navigation introduced the survivors into view at
ETA. John determined to aim a sea touchdown to influence the
rescue. He got here in low, into wind and around the swell
at sixty five knots. His staff quickly had the stranded airman
aboard, a little bit bedraggled after their sixty-two hour
ordeal. They landed again at Sullom at 1410.
After the conflict John stayed within the RAF and spent a lot of
his time in the back of the Iron Curtain.
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Then the guys start running topside to find out what's going on. As soon as the last guy got up the ladder, about ten of them came flying back down, because, boy, the planes were hot and heavy coming in. They were going right over us, right up to the Fleet Landing and then to the ships in the harbor. We could see the whole harbor from out there. "We couldn't tell if they dropped any bombs at us or not ... there were geysers of water that you could see. I got topside very shortly after this. I snuck up.
Jim") Gross, Hickam Field 213 31 Staff Sergeant Frank Luciano, Fort Kamehameha 219 Page ix 32 Second Lieutenant Revella Guest, Tripler Army Hospital 226 Chapter VI Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Field 231 33 Sergeant Emil Matula, Schofield Barracks 233 34 Chaplains Marcus A. Valenta and Herbert C. Straus, Schofield Barracks and Fourteenth Naval District Headquarters 238 35 Second Lieutenant Ada M. , Kaneohe Naval Air Station 278 40 Lieutenant Phillip Willis, Bellows Field 284 Epilogue 291 Sources 295 Index 299 Page xi Introduction For the United States, World War II lasted 1,351 days, but the nation's greatest defeat took only 110 minutes.
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