Before the Journey Begins

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Stanley Hall's Diary

This is a most precious page in Flight Sergeant W.S. Hall’s log book. There is everything I need on it to find out when and where some photos were taken.W S Hall Service Record
Rongotai N.Z. 24-8-1940 to 2-9-1942 (2 years and 9 days)

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W S Hall black album page 19 group picture 1942

ITW Rotorua N.Z. 3-9-1942 to 15-10-1942 (I.T.W. is Initial Training Wing) (42 days)

EFTS Harewood N.Z 16-10-1942 to 1-1-1943 (E.F.T.S. is Elementary Flying Training School) (77 days)

SFTS Woodbourne N.Z 2-1-1943 to 7-5-1943 (S.F.T.S. is Special Flying Training School) (125 days)

No. 12 P.R.C. Brighton, England 8-7-1943 to 14-9-1943 (P.R.C. is Personnel Reception Centre) (69 days)

Flats Brighton City

Residential District Brighton

No. 6 PAFU Little Rissington, Glos 15-9-1943 to 7-2-1944 (P.A.F.U. is Pilots Advanced Flying Unit) (145 days)

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No. 5 PDC Blackpool, Lancs 8-2-1944 to 19-2-1944 (No. 5 Personnel Despatch Centre) (11 days)

No. 1 ME. A.P. C. Jerusalem 8-3-1944 to 14-4-1944 (A.P.C. – Armament Practice Camp) (37 days)

76 O.T.U. Aqir 15-4-1944 to 16-7-1944…

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 18, 2021, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 99 Comments.

  1. Love seeing the log. I lived many years in NZ and it was also good to see the Kiwis – sadly so many did not survive. There were a lot of single women and widows for many years after the war.

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  2. Now, I don’t know if you can answer this question but…what did pilots and airmen do regards going to the toilet on the small planes they flew? Did they take flasks and food with them?

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  3. I love it!!! Great article.

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  4. Thanks for sharing, GP. I loved seeing the photo of the hand written log book. And the photos, of course. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!

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  5. How young they all looked! You are right, it does feel like a time machine to see these old photo collections!

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  6. These old photos are awesome. I’m so glad people held on to photos for future generations. Hope you and yours are staying safe and warm. 🤗

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  7. What a wonderful collection of photos. Some of those young men are positively jaunty. The one who most intrigued me is the man who seems to be a civilian in the first photo. I wondered if he might have been an instructor of some sort.

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  8. Amazing ! I love old pictures. So many stories behind them.

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  9. Such a gift to have that record. I wonder if when it was created it was known how valuable tit would be years alter.

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    • Oh, I doubt it. When I asked my father why he didn’t try to get his letters and stuff published, the answer was always “Who the heck would want to read a letter of mine from so long ago?”

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  10. Great research and photos. Thanks for posting this!

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  11. Nothing like primary documents to get my attention…

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  12. What a great tribute to your Dad, GP, writing this blog post. I find history fascinating and when it involves the personal experience of someone who was there, so much the better. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  13. Enjoyed the photos. I remember how interesting it was to go through Peggy’s father’s flight logs from WWII. –Curt

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  14. What a fantastic old log and then pictures that went along with it. I always enjoy seeing old records that people have kept either for the military or even businesses long ago. Great finds!

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  15. Just look how long the RAF hung on to him after the end of the war!

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  16. Thank you for sharing this, GP. How incredible.

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  17. 15 Sep 1978 – 14 Mar 1985

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  18. It’s amazing found historic record.

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  19. Great to see the service record and original photos. He certainly saw a lot of the world during WW2.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  20. Fascinating and beautiful. Thank you GP and Pierre.

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  21. So long ago. So well preserved. Relevant today.

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  22. A piece of history and a lot of work finding all this places on the photo’s

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  23. Primary source documents like this are priceless. They give a first-hand account of how things were at that point in time. They are why we need archives, libraries, and historical societies. Thanks for sharing this with us GP. Fascinating read.

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  24. This is amazing part of history.

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  25. Thanks for pointing this one out to us.

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    • Pierre was my mentor when I first started blogging, he built a model plane for me and has remained a close friend during all these years – I can’t say enough. I know you’ll enjoy his many blogs!

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  26. So evocative of the time.

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  27. A wonderful documentary, GP! Lets be happy such things had been saved for information and honouring. By the way: Incidentally, I have some lists of prisoners of war who were here in the region during the Second World War. Their existence and alleged assassination are still concealed by official authorities in the Free State of Bavaria. ;-( Looking of paper this style makes me griefing. Michael

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  28. It all started with a simple comment from his son…

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  29. Well…this is historic taking us through process before the journey begins

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