mei '15

 

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Vandaag 4 mei.
Nog maar eentje van de herdenkingszolder.

Zie mijn moeder is net aangekomen in thé UK,
om zich aan de zijde van mijn vader te scharen.
Ze zijn getrouwd in de oorlog,
met “de Handschoen.”
Hetgeen wil zeggen op afstand,
mijn moeder in Den Bosch en mijn vader in Engeland.
Somewhere in Surrey.
Hetgeen weer lekker voordelig was kwa receptie en bruiloftsfeest :)
Echter ook geen cadeautjes.
Maar hier is dan............. het !!!!!!!!! cadeautje.
Taraaaaaaaaaaaaaaah : ”Ons moeder.”
Ons vader heeft er een big smile aan overgehouden.
Lijkt me wel op z’n plaats na 5 jaar ellende en gevaar.

Ze zien er gelukkig uit.
Alhoewel mijn moeder een klein beetje heimwee-achtig oogt.
En zo geschiedde het uiteindelijk ook.
Mijn vader wilde in the UK blijven,
maar mijn moeder miste de Bossche Bollen van Bakker de Groot.
Maar ook haar familie natuurlijk :)

Jammer ik had er best willen opgroeien.
Het ultieme land om te vertoeven in de sixties
en al het prachtigs wat er komen gingen op muziek en allerlei gebied.
De UK nam het voortouw en hier kwam het er achteraan gesukkeld
Niet wetende dat ik later met een mevrouw uit Barnet London zou trouwen
en laat die nu af en toe ook heimwee hebben.
Want Engeland ziet ze nog steeds als heur kuntrie.
Once a Londoner always a Londoner.
Yeah!
Anyway dit jaar gaat mijn vakantie naar  Engeland.
En ik wil wel eens persoonlijk in Cranleigh gaan proeven,
waarom ons moeder weer terug wilde naar Den Bosch :)
Tot dan.................

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmp6-5vtveg


Cranleigh is a large village and civil parish, self-proclaimed thé largest in England, almost 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Guildford in Surrey. It lies east of the A281, which links Guildford with Horsham, on an alternative route that is not an A-road. It is in the north-west corner of the Weald (a large remnant forest) and immediately south-east of Winterfold Forest, a remaining area of forest on the Greensand Ridge.

De Royal Airforce kende diverse buitenlandse takken, die ressorteerden onder the RAF.
Polen, Fransen, Nederlanders etc. etc.

History
Formation and early years

No. 615 squadron was formed at RAF Kenley as part of the Auxiliary Air Force on 1 June 1937 and was initially equipped with the Hawker Audax in the army-cooperation role. By the end of the year it had received Hawker Hectors which it flew until November 1938, when it received Gloster Gauntlets and became a fighter squadron at the same time.[2]
In World War II

The squadron went to France as part of the Air Component of the BEF in November 1939, having re-equipped with Gloster Gladiators in May. Conversion to Hawker Hurricanes took place just prior to the German invasion of France, but by 20 May 1940 the squadron was back at Kenley.[3][8] "B" Flight were based at Saint Inglevert during the early part of 1940.[9] 615 squadron took part in the early actions of the Battle of Britain, but then moved to Scotland to rest. It later took part in offensive sweeps over Europe and defence duties in Wales, before moving to India in April 1942. It moved to Burma in December 1942, but returned to India to re-equip in May 1943, receiving Supermarine Spitfires in October. It returned to operations on the Burma front in November but was recalled to India again, for defensive duties in August 1944, before returning to Burma in February 1945, disbanding there on 10 June at RAF Cuttack, Orissa.[3][8] It was a very short interruption of existence as No. 135 Squadron RAF, equipped with Republic Thunderbolts was renumbered to no. 615 squadron on that same day and began training for the invasion of Malaya. The Japanese surrender ended these plans however and the squadron disbanded on 25 September 1945 at RAF Vizagapatam, Andhra Pradesh.[3][8]
Post-war

With the reactivation of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, No. 615 Squadron was reformed on 10 May 1946 at RAF Biggin Hill as a day fighter squadron equipped with Spitfire F.14s. Spitfire F.21s were received in 1947 and these were replaced by F.22s in 1948, both marks being flown until 1950.

The squadron re-equipped with Gloster Meteor F.4 jet fighters starting in September 1950. Meteor F.8s were received in September 1951 and these were flown in the annual UK air defence exercises and at annual summer training camps. Along with all other flying units of the RAuxAF, No. 615 was disbanded on 10 March 1957.[3][8]

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