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Old 22nd Sep 2012, 18:48
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I was kicked out (thankfully it now seems) at my 47 yo point in 2001, and I always wore my forage gap at a jaunty angle just like those in WWII.
The younger lot would say 'Sarge it should be in the middle' FFS!!!

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Old 23rd Sep 2012, 06:45
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If I remember rightly, Aeroplane Monthly did an article about this trip about 20 years ago; should be in their archives.
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Old 23rd Sep 2012, 17:12
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Is this the one?

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Old 16th Jun 2013, 09:53
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I thought I would dig up this old thread as I am in the process of researching and documenting the history of 35 Squadron and I was wondering if anyone has any newspaper cuttings / memorabilia from the tour.

I have the articles from Flight Magazine and the magazine article mentioned above. I am also trying to locate a copy of the October 1946 article in Aeroplane Spotter.

I would love to find articles from US Papers if possible (although I understand that it was not widely reported)

Any help on this non commercial project would be much appreciated

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Old 9th Jul 2013, 19:41
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Just to publicly record my thanks to everyone who helped me "offline" by providing information for this project; very much appreciated.

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Old 5th Jun 2014, 19:01
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Just finished watching an Air Ministry film about this tour. B&W and no sound but covers various aspects of the tour. Some nice air to air shots of the Lancs flying over US cities and parades on air bases. Total time is about 40 mins.
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Thanks for the information; are you able to provide a link?

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Old 6th Jun 2014, 00:31
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The film is in the IWM film archive. I'm watching Air Ministry films to accession them into the collection. I came across this thread while trying to identify some of the RAF officers that appeared in it.
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Old 7th Jun 2014, 21:54
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Does this film include the bit on the link in post 31?


I presume this is the film you saw:


35 SQUADRON GOODWILL TOUR USA Allocated Title (RMY 131)


Is it likely to be available for viewing on the internet art some stage?
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Old 8th Jun 2014, 01:00
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There are some shots in the post 31 link which appear in the film - it doesn't have the same catalogue number as the IWM object you linked to, and as I have been viewing it to produce a catalogue summary I suspect it may not be the same. From viewing it, it appears to be 'outakes', so the RMY 131 title may be the newsreel/film released to the media at the time?

Once accessioned it will be added to the collections database - when it will be available for viewing and in what format is above my pay scale
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Here's a link with a bit more info on the fate of TW870, the aircraft that struck and killed some civilians at Gander - see post 34:


Gander Airport Historical Society


This link includes a photo of the burning wreck after it crashed in 1953.
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I look forward to seeing the results of your hard work at some time in the future then.


I have 35 Squadron's ORB's for that period so if you need any help regarding the names involved please let me know.


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Old 8th Jun 2014, 15:40
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Pete,
Thanks - due to this thread I was able to ID W/C Craig - other senior officers have been possibly ID'd e.g. ACM Guy Garrod, GC Collard...

There is a clip of a female 'celeb' signing one of the Lancs, SW313 TL-B, in the US. Not sure if is was Dorothy Lamour...

There are four reels in total and maybe they have got mixed up in the years as reel 3 seems to be shot at Graveley (airfield code "GR" is in the foreground of a wide shot over airfield) and appeared to be cover the squadron leaving there for RAF Stradishall (?) yet reel 4 jumps back to San Antonio Air Depot and more shots of the crews on parade in the US.

The Lancasters certainly looked impressive in their white finish and must have been quite a sight flying in formation across the USA.
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The ORB's seem to suggest that they attended several functions along with the rich and famous of the time.


I was advised that one veteran had a glint in his eye when he was shown some research I had done on the tour and he was reminded that he partied with Olivia De Havilland


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Old 13th Nov 2014, 17:51
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Good Evening Gentlemen, Sorry for barging in on this thread but my father in law was Sgt. Arthur J Pearce DFM and he was on this good will tour. I have a massive photo collection of this tour collected by Arthur at the time as well as other photos of him and his crew when they were on ops with 156 Squadron.

I amongst these photos are paper cuttings from the press in America. I will attach a photo or two once I have found out how to! hopefully the files will not be too large to post!
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It seems I am not allowed to attach photos until Mr Administrator will allow me. I also have a pile of 3"x2" (20 -ish) negatives taken by Arthur of the tour in various places and also of some aircraft. I need to get these digitalised somehow.
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Old 27th Nov 2014, 00:05
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Digitise negs

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Old 2nd Dec 2014, 05:20
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Thanks for this. Apologies for the lateness in replying to your PM but I don't get on this site very much.
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It says in the bottom left hand corner that I may not post attachments. Does this mean I can't post photos of the tour?
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Old 3rd Dec 2014, 08:58
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No! You can certainly post photos, relevant ones in this case, but please stick to the size of 850x850 max.


I much enjoyed re-reading this thread again. One of the best.


Many thanks Hipper!
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