Chindit Unit ID

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by morrisc8, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    india British Lt kb.jpg india BSM CSM kb.jpg india town kb.jpg India 7 kb.jpg There are some names on the Neg booklets and unit Lt J Hartland on one that i have the others Capt A G ? Buchan or Buchain. 60th Field Regt on one cover of negs. Capt Falxxx ?.
    Keith india 60th field regt names kb.jpg
     
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  2. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Some interesting photographs there. Thank you for sharing.
     
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks for posting these Keith. I will take a look at the officer returns I have for some of the 1944 Columns and see if Buchan turns up.
     
  4. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    india british Lt capts RA kb.jpg india  amb kb.jpg India officers.jpg India town.jpg india british officer.jpg india boat.jpg india officers mess.jpg Some more photos from the negs.
    Keith
     
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  5. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    india camp huts.jpg A few more photos from the original negs.
    india Burma jungle huts british troops kb.jpg india bridge kb .jpg india Burma plane droping supplys by parachute kb.jpg india river boat training RA kb.jpg india 19a.jpg india British soldier look on.jpg india river boat training RA Lt.jpg
     
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  6. veronicad

    veronicad Well-Known Member

    Very kind of you to share these. Thank you. Veronica.
     
  7. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Keith,

    there are some very interesting photographs amongst those that you have posted. I particularly like those taken during and after the supply drop. I have tried altering the contrast on one or two of them, I hope that this is O.K.
    In the first photograph they have clearly received some newspapers in the supply drop which makes me think that the three or four photographs in this sequence were taken on Operation Thursday. There were some maps of Northern Burma that were being sold by the same seller, did you buy them?

    Simon.
     

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  8. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    There has clearly been a supply drop which has included new ammunition boots as can be seen at the left of the photograph; the two men in the foreground are holding boots with the studded soles facing outwards . There are some interesting faces at the top left of the photograph. india british troops kb ww2.jpg india british troops kb ww2 (2).jpg
     
  9. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    india british troops kb ww2.jpg The supply drop seems to have included boots, bush hats and tinned food.
     
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  10. andy007

    andy007 Senior Member

    Brilliant photos Keith, thank you for sharing them.

    It's not often, other than from yourself and High Wood, that we get to see more personal photographs from Burma.
     
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  11. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Wish i had bought the maps as they might have had info on where some of the photos were taken.
    Photo of airstrip India/Burma, the neg was not very good so i have cleaned it up a bit.
    left Vigilant L-1 Plane
    The L-1 Vigilant was capable of stopping in less than its own length, and could maintain stable flight at 31 miles per hour.
    On the right are two Stinson planes
    The Stinson L-5 Sentinel was a US built high wing, single engine monoplane with a tandem two seat cabin used for liaison and observation work. It was developed from the pre-war Stinson model 105 Voyager.
    With over 3,800 built between October 1942 and September 1945 and known by the troops as the “Flying Jeep”, it was the second most widely used light aircraft during WW II. The RAF acquired a number late in the war and used them mainly as air ambulances in Burma and India.
    Keith
    India Burma airstrip kb.jpg
     
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  12. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    close up of neg + gave it a clean up burma airdrop boots kb .jpg . I wonder what tribe they come from.
    Keith
     
  13. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Just had another look at the folders the negs came in and found this `India + Burma` on the inside of two of them.
    The rest of the negs are of officers from his unit and officers houses and a few of the city.
    if any one wants to see them i can put them up.
    I do have a few photos of blown up bridges in Burma not from this collection, most taken from the air by a US army service man.
    Keith.
    india and Burma.jpg
     
  14. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    The 60th Field Regiment R.A. formed Chindit columns 60 and 68 of the 23rd Infantry Brigade who were diverted to Assam in 1944. I seem to remember that the maps that were being sold were mainly of the Assam/Burma border area.

    The air drop photographs were possibly taken in a Naga village in Assam after the Japanese had launched their attacks on Imphal and Kohima.
     
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  15. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Captain A. J. Buchan appears to have been a Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class. 89341202_3.jpg
     
  16. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    This photograph appears to have been taken in Darjeeling as it shows Mount Kangchenjunga. Darjeeling.jpg Kangchenjunga.png
     
  17. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Thanks High Wood.
    info from the negs and seller.
    Luiet Hartland Queens Royal Regiment cap badge India [ from seller ] Name on neg booklets
    Capt A J Buchan [ rev ] Name on neg booklet.
    Then we have this Capt on one of the neg booklets [see photo] Capt Fallxxx Tallxxx?
    Morris truck with 70 Inf Div badge on front and 88 + letter K. India
    60th Field Reg RA . on neg booklet .[ most of the photos show a RA cap badge ] India

    info that came with the negs.

    info from the seller.
    photos from the same estate which I am also selling this week, where the soldier envolved (Luiet Hartland) has “Queens” on his hat, so perhaps it was connected with the 2nd Queens Royals, who were involved in the Chindit Campaign

    Columns 21, 22 2nd Battalion Queens Royal Regiment (West Surrey) ?
    india name Capt.jpg
     
  18. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    I would say that the name was Captain Falkner. I still have the original listings saved in the rather large 'Didn't Win; section of my Ebay account and the maps appear to have been of training areas in India (Ranchi) and of the Assam India - Burma border s-l16006.jpg s-l16007.jpg .
     
  19. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    There is one small photo dated Aug 1942 on the back and on a neg booklet, other notes i found on a bit of paper. india photo.jpg india Aug 1942.jpg india note on paper.jpg india note.jpg india photo 1942.jpg
     
  20. veronicad

    veronicad Well-Known Member

    The last photograph of notes has two sets of writing. Left to right, also vertical. The latter reads,
    2 drinks each. Veronica.
     

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