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My dad in India

My dad was in the RAF during the war. This picture was, I think, taken in India. He was with 194 squadron which was transport. although he was groundcrew I know he flew in Dakotas dropping supplies into Burma. I imagine to the chindits. He had a great regard for the aircrafts ability to take a lot of punishment and keep flying. My mother didn't see him for about 31/2 years.

 

It was a time he talked very little about. I know he had Malaria whilst there and came face to face with a cobra in the toilet but not a lot else. I do know he had a very high regard for the Gurkhas and I remember him saying the Japanese soldiers were afraid of them

My dad in India

My dad was in the RAF during the war. This picture was, I think, taken in India. He was with 194 squadron which was transport. although he was groundcrew I know he flew in Dakotas dropping supplies into Burma. I imagine to the chindits. He had a great regard for the aircrafts ability to take a lot of punishment and keep flying. My mother didn't see him for about 31/2 years.

 

It was a time he talked very little about. I know he had Malaria whilst there and came face to face with a cobra in the toilet but not a lot else. I do know he had a very high regard for the Gurkhas and I remember him saying the Japanese soldiers were afraid of them

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Dec 2013, 04:38
Great stuff, Bill...do you know which one was yer Dad?
Bill Phillips: He's the one in the middle Raywink
How wonderful to have this photograph! I'm sure you'll take care to preserve the original.
Bill Phillips: Indeed Elizabeth. Photographs are so important
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2013, 04:53
Great picture and a wonderful story, isn't it great to go through all those old pictures and have the memories.
Bill Phillips: It is Lady P. I realise now how little I actually know about my family. I never saw either of my Grandfathers and I don't even know the names of any of my great grandparents or where they came from
Great old image Bill... i am sure that there were a lot of stories that he never talked about....petersmile
Bill Phillips: There must have been Peter. I think he lust wanted to forget about it as much as possible and enjoy having a family
  • Chris
  • Bathampton
  • 13 Dec 2013, 06:31
I am postponing my visit to the smallest room in the house after reading your words..
Bill Phillips: I believe cobras eat rats
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2013, 07:02
I bet we're all trying to guess which one is your dad, Bill, but the thought is very sweet. 3 1/2 years is a long time to be away from hearth and home. (sigh)
Bill Phillips: He is in the middle. It must have been awful for them, I don't imagine there was much opportunity for many letters, and not knowing if they were both safe and well.
The Gurkhas are highly regarded in India and Singapore, just as they are regarded in the UK, Bill. A cobra in the toilet could not have been pleasant. I am off to look up chindits.
Bill Phillips: He made the story sound very funny but I am sure it wasn't!!
Great stuff
Bill Phillips: Thanks Preyi smile
  • Gutteridge
  • Where latitude and aittitude meet
  • 13 Dec 2013, 07:17
That is the one thing that you don't want to meet in a toilet Bill, unless you are hosting a Cobra meeting. Your dad looks like a bacon buttie or two would not go amiss. You have some great family pictures and it is wonderful to see them...keep posting please.
Bill Phillips: I will do some more in the new year perhaps. Or i may not
A shot worth keeping. Good to share here too on SC.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Jacquelyn Ann. I don't have a lot of pictures of my parents so these are treasured
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Dec 2013, 08:30
What a turbulent, exciting life in difficult times - you should have asked him more about the past - your father is the middle person? Thank you for your family photos!
My father was in Norway during the WWII, he didn't tell much, too- but he returned after a short time back to a lazarett in Dresden because of a bodily injury - his great luck!
Bill Phillips: Thinking back perhaps I should have done. He never talked much about his childhood either , which I don't think was very happy. But he was a wonderful father and I still miss him even after all these years
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Dec 2013, 08:50
He looks a different man from his wedding photo just a few years' earlier, Bill
Bill Phillips: I'm not sure if this is before or after he had malaria. I have one somewhere of him after and he looks awful.
A great shot Bill!
Bill Phillips: He was just one of millions who were caught up in this horror but was lucky enough to come home
wow memories memories... cherishing every moment...
Bill Phillips: I will post some more one day
A fine picture of your dad and his mates Bill. Like you I know absolutely nothing about my great grandparents, and not really all that much about my grandparents either. My dads brother fought in the Burma jungles so your dad might have supplied him, who knows, sadly he didn't make it back home though.
Bill Phillips: The solders and airmen in the far east had a rough time.
A great memory image Bill!
Bill Phillips: Yes I wonder who the other two people are on either side of my dad?
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Dec 2013, 20:19
Pitching tents, they are. The army / air force can keep you busy forever and a day, doing that and digging toilet trenches.

PS. this looks almost like Tiff's rainy Droitwich pics - very sunny smile
Bill Phillips: It was all pretty basic i think Louis!

There is a certain similarity grin
I always found my dad's old service photos fascinating. He was groundcrew in the RAF Far East too, Sunderlands in Ceylon. I always remember Bromsgrove, too, on the way to holidays in wales.
Bill Phillips: Bromsgrove is a place to pass through. Stopping is largely pointless
A fine memory of your dad Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Janet it is indeed
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Dec 2013, 08:04
Grim days I would expect but the comradery that came out of it is priceless. The Gurkhas are still help in high regard. I recognise your dad from the wedding photo.
Bill Phillips: I think my dad just wanted to put it all behind him and get back to a normal life.

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