Mark has contributed a lot on this blog.
I will always remember when he first wrote a comment in 2012.
Collecting info on 403 squadron during WWII is a great idea whose time has come.
The site seems a little slow, the software is a little clunky and sometimes a little difficult to follow.
You are gathering some valuable historical information here, and I’d hate to see it lost because of the fact that you might be perhaps hosting it through a free site.
My father was an Erk – Airframe Mechanic – with Bomber Command – during WWII. He transferred to 403 while stationed in England, and remained with 127 Wing from the Normandy invasion until the end of the war.
I have many of his old photos, some written journals and some great written stories I could share. I also have some crests, medals and his old Jerkin – complete with air force paint art work, as well as many of the letters he wrote while overseas.
Keep up the good work.
The time is right to repost all of Mark’s articles about his father so John Le May can relive what he went through when he was with 127 Wing.
That’s what John told me a few times when I visited him on Saturday afternoon.
Who cares? I do and a whole lot more people do. More and more people are writing about WWII than ever before.
I call this another revolution just like Gutenberg’s invention.
People are now sharing on the Internet little known facts about WWII. The daughter of a paratrooper in the Pacific. The nephew of a Japanese soldier killed in 1944, the nephew of a tail gunner on a B-25 in the Pacific. The grandniece of Arthur James Horrell who wanted to know how her granduncle died. The granddaughter of Paul Émile Piché who died in the plane with Arthur Horrell also wanted to know. Leslie Birket Foster’s daughter who shared her father’s memoirs. The list goes on and on.
More and more people care about what went on during WWII. I started writing about WWII in August 2009, and I don’t believe I will ever stop writing…because I care.
127 Wing Intelligence Section
Everything John shared has its own history like these pictures.
Intelligence Section trailer
Excerpt from the ebook.
My duties consisted of typing the activities reports submitted by the Wing pilots reporting on the previous day’s sorties over the enemy lines. We were three clerks in that small trailer connected to a canvass cover joining our office trailer to an aircrew briefing area and the Wing Commander’s office, the one and only Johnny Johnson who was to become the Spitfire pilot with the most kills during World War II.
Where John B. Lemay worked alongside Johnnie Johnson.