British NCO served with RAF in India and Burma, 1944-1945
REEL 1: Background in Marlborough, Wiltshire, 1924: family; daily life and living conditions; father's naval service; volunteered for RAF; induction at Lord's Cricket; billets in St John's Wood and meals at London Zoo. Aspects of training with RAF in GB, South Africa, Egypt and India, 1942-1944: basic training in Ludlow and Blackpool; description of journey aboard troop ship Rangatiki from Liverpool to South Africa; memories of friendly reception in Freetown, Durban and Makefing; posted to Initial Training Wing in Bulawayo; description of training; promoted leading aircraftman; posted to Elementary Flying Training School; posted to Service Flying Training School and flying training on Harvard; awarded wings and promoted flight sergeant; description of journey to Egypt; billeted in hotel in Cairo; posted to Operational Training Unit in Ismailia; story of being selected to fly Hurricane because of name initial; posted to Poonah, India, for further training. Aspects of operations with RAF in India and Burma, 1944-1945: posted to airfield at Vizakapatnam; description of duties with mail and freight services; story of death of brother in air crash; posted to squadron at Meiktila, Burma; story of father losing arm and leg in accident and application for compassionate posting; posted to RAF Manston, GB; demobilised, 1945. Various aspects of pre-war life and education at Marlborough College: memory of evacuation of London pupils to Marlborough College; employment with grocer; rationing. Post-war life and employment in Marlborough.