Sunday, 29 December 2013

1945 Aeronautics Magazine

A recent addition to the Chalk reference library is this copy of Aeronautics from January 1945.

It contains 7 pages about the use of gliders in wartime with some pretty good photos including several of serving glider pilots and RAF ground crew.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Original Hadrian Glider Pilots Notes

Original glider Pilots Notes can sometimes be hard to come across but when I saw this little beauty on Ebay recently I just had to have it!

I've seen original WACO Pilots Notes before now but to find a set of British Pilots Notes especially in the guise of HADRIAN meant I had to make a financial sacrifice and dig deep!

As you can see from the photos the condition isn't too bad considering its age. The notes themselves were reprinted in India in 1944 - the Waco/Hadrian proved itself well in the Burma campaign, the Horsa didn't fair well in the humidity and heat. The notes are named on the front cover to F/O M Pennington (or maybe Pinnington?) and there are pen markings throughout (as a collector this is always something I like).

I just have to find original Horsa and Hamilcar notes now... oh and Hotspur...!

Troops Who Fly By Night Poster

I've been after this particular poster for many moons now, and have only ever come across originals which are usually in worn condition and fetch prices of £150 upwards!

Finally I managed to find a reproduction for a far more acceptable price at the 1940's Society! The original poster was part of a set produced during the war to encourage the purchasing of Savings Stamps. 'Soldiers at Sea' and 'Guns Behind the British Barrage' were other subjects covered amongst others.

I bought the poster which was delivered quickly and well packaged and then had it affixed to 15mm MDF, laminated and black edged which I can then hang on the wall rather than having the whole thing framed and glazed.

Link: 1940 Society

Original GPR Wings

Its not always easy, and can be costly, to add original items to the collection. A lot of our display items, especially uniforms are high quality reproductions including much of the insignia.

However, recently, I happened to be in the right place at the right financial moment to purchase three pairs of First Pilots wings and one pair of Second Pilots wings (not all in one go I hasten to add). Two of the First Pilots wings are of regular size and are in excellent although worn condition, one pair are of a far smaller size - for wear on dress uniform? (if anyone can enlighten me then please do) - the Second Pilots wings are also relatively small but are in superb condition.

I'm always on the look out for original GPR items so if you have anything or come across anything that I haven't seen then please do shout out! Cheers!

Not Many Of Us Left by Hugh Carling

Although the Chalk library has pretty much all the titles relating to the Glider Pilot Regiment there are, of course, several which are rare, out of print and simply too expensive to sit on the shelves alongside the others.

One of these titles was 'Not Many Of Us Left' by former Glider Pilot Sergeant Hugh Carling. However, with the help of Glyn at Glynsbooks (see link below) a copy was found and now resides shoulder to shoulder with the likes of 'Arnhem Lift', 'Nothing Is Impossible', 'Nine Days' and many others.

The book follows Hugh's progress from pre-war civvy street to him joining the Army at the outbreak of war, his service in North Africa and his eventual volunteering for the GPR and all that brought with it. The book is an excellent read and gives a good insight in to the life of just one of the men who flew gliders into battle. There are very few photographs and one or two minor incorrect details but overall this is a worthy addition to the research assets for the group. If you can find a copy, then get it!

Link: Glynsbooks