Hi - I'm researching my father's war service
Posted 11 August 2010 - 08:43 PM
I know that he used Bofors AA guns but other than that pretty much nothing else i.e. where the battery served etc.
I look forward to hearing what the experts on this forum advise. Incidentally I shall be asking for his war service record as I am his next of kin but this may take months to arrive.
All the best
Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:05 PM
Welcome and yes the best source of information is his service records.
My Dad was with the 14th LAA using bofors.
If you use the search button up top here and put in bofors it will bring up a heap of threads. There is some interesting ones on bofors, about their use etc and even a few views of them firing. Mainly in here - http://www.ww2talk.c...logy-equipment/
I have posted my Father's service records and Unit War Diary summary here -
SO it will give you an understanding of what you will get.
Here is a bit on the bofors - RA 1939-45 40mm Bofors
Edited by bofors, 12 August 2010 - 09:59 AM.
My Father 1819170 Lance Bombardier Robert Simpson 39/14 L.A.A. R.A.
also Qx46115 Craftsman Clement Charles Flanders 219 L.A.D.
Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:22 PM
Jan 43 - 21 AA Brigade Port Said, Suez, Suez Canal & Cairo
May 43 - AA Defence Area Cyrenaica, 1 AA Bde - Benghazi landing grounds
I'm afraid I can't find anything earlier but will keep looking.
Posted 11 August 2010 - 10:28 PM
My father told me that during the war he had two particularly good mates Bob and Les "Dicky" Bird. However while in North Africa the regiment was divided, with part going off to Italy and the remainder, including my father, were shipped back to England. But his two mates drew short straws and he never saw them again. Some 25 years later I started a new job in London and on my first day there was introduced to the job by a man called Les Bird who had an artificial leg. After the induction he told me that he had served with someone with my surname. He turned out to be the same Les. He told me that while in Italy he served as a liaison officer with an American tank unit shelling a German held town. The Germans were using multiple barrelled mortars called "Moaning Minis" because of the sound they made as they flew towards you. On hearing a salvo heading in their direction the tank commander closed the tank hatch and Les dived underneath the stationary tank, Unfortunately for him one of the mortars followed him under and blew his leg off. He was saved by the tank commander who fortunately gave him enough morphine to prevent gross shock and not too much to kill him (easily done!). I don't think that my father ever got that close to live action but Les was not resentful and indeed spent some time as a guinea pig for new prostheses designed and made at Roehampton. I could see why my father liked him. But what a coincidence!
Posted 12 August 2010 - 09:30 AM
Posted 12 August 2010 - 09:36 AM
Welcome aboard from an ex-LAA man.
Getting your dad's records is definitely the best step so apply and then while away the time by reading and posting on this forum.
Good luck in your research !
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I was "called-up", as a 19 year old, on the 1st of Oct 1942 and was one of 5 serving brothers, one of whom, Jack, was in RAF Bomber Command and was killed on March 16th 1945.
I served as a Driver/Op (Wireless Operator) with the 49th Light Anti Aircraft Rgt. (78 Div) from Apr 1943 to Dec 1944 (North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Egypt). The Regiment was disbanded in Dec 1944 and I was retrained (in Italy) by the Royal Armoured Corps.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 07:46 PM
Name: EVANS, LLEWELYN WALTER JOSEPH
Nationality: United Kingdom
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 281/86 Lt. A.A. Regt.
Date of Death: 13/09/1944
Service No: 217035
Additional information: Son of Hugh Llewelyn Evans and Edith Evans; husband of Irene Margaret Evans, of Leatherhead, Surrey. B.A., Hons. (Oxon.).
Grave/Memorial Reference: XVIII, H, 10.
Cemetery: CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY
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