Arnhem’s successors – Advance pathfinder reconnaissance troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade at Colchester conduct a jump into southern Ukraine. They are part of ExJointEndeavour2020, a UK and Ukrainian airborne interoperability training exercise which is currently underway. Today was just another day in two… Continue Reading “September 20 – Five Irish VCs at the Whitehall cenotaph. Roll of Honour”
Using sources in the Netherlands Remembrance Ni reveals the quite remarkable story of the navigator from Ligoniel who died with Guy Gibson VC. Today’s Roll includes a member of Queen’s OTC who served in the army in WW1 and rose to Air Vice-Marshall in… Continue Reading “September 19 – NI Navigator died with Guy Gibson VC. Roll of Honour”
Twenty men who died at Arnhem including James Boyd from Portstewart serving with the Glider Pilot Regiment, James Cameron from Carrickfergus of the Parachute Regiment, and formerly of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Francis Dolaghan from Belfast who was Shan Hacket’s batman, and Robert Percy… Continue Reading “September 18 – NI men at Arnhem. Roll of Honour”
Today is the anniversary of two costly events in WW2. In 1939 the air carrier Courageous was lost and in 1944 Operation Market Garden began. 8 men from NI were lost in Courageous and 7 survivors are named in today’s Roll. The allies failed… Continue Reading “September 17 – HMS Courageous, Market Garden. Roll of Honour”
Courcelette Cemetery. Today’s Roll includes a former surgeon at the Mater Hospital, Belfast who died of wounds received in the Dardanelles, a Petty Officer Stoker from the Shankill Road who served in the Iron Duke at Jutland, and a naval surgeon from Islandmagee who… Continue Reading “September 16 – Roll of Honour”
On this day in 1940, nearly 1,500 aircraft were in the skies over Britain, as the Luftwaffe attacked London. It is regarded as the climax of the Battle of Britain when the tide begins to turn as the Royal Air Force repulses a major… Continue Reading “September 15 – Belfast school’s seven Battle of Britain pilots. Roll of Honour”
A Dungannon RS former pupil who enlisted in Canada, a naval armoured car driver from the Crumlin Road who dies in Mesopotamia with the newly formed Machine Gun Corps, three WW2 aircrew and a Gunner are named in today’s Roll. The service of a… Continue Reading “September 14 – WW2 Decorated Derry Naval Reserve sub-hunter. Roll of Honour”
Amongst those remembered today is Lieutenant-Commander Gerald Ralph Auchinleck Darling, RNVR. Fleet Air Arm, Chief Test Pilot. He had a most successful law career in London post-war but he maintained Crevenagh, Omagh, as his home.