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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

WWW.AVIATION-PHOTOGRAPHIE.NET : Nouvel article - Hommage à Georges Jaspis

Forwarded message - From: LUC DUJARDIN - NEWS - WWW.AVIATION-PHOTOGRAPHIE.NET







UN ARTICLE DE BENJAMIN HEYLEN
PHOTOS LUC DUJARDIN
Le dimanche 17 juillet 2016, dans le cadre du week-end de reconstitution Field Depot organisé par l'ASBL Musée du Souvenir 40-45 de Malèves, dans le Brabant wallon, une cérémonie en hommage à Georges Jaspis a eu lieu au cimetière d'Opprebais. Né en 1916, cet aviateur belge de la Royal Air Force est décédé en 2007 aurait eu cent ans cette année. Pilote de Typhoon dans le 609 Squadron de la RAF pendant la guerre, il a ensuite fait carrière au sein de la Sabena. Il totalisait 27.000 heures de vol.
A BELGIAN RAF PILOTE RESTS IN OPPREBAISOn Sunday July 17, 2016, ASBL Musée du Souvenir 40-45 has organized its heigth Field Depot reconstruction weekend. This year would have seen the hundred anniversary of Georges Jaspis, a Belgian RAF pilot during WW II. Born in 1916, he used to be an operational pilot on Typhoon inside the 609 Squadron. After the war, he became pilot for Sabena airlines. His logbook has registered about 27,000 flight hours. A ceremonial has been held in the cemetery of Opprebais.



Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Video: "Czech pilots in RAF service - part I"



Rare, original coloured movie from GB 1942/43, but this movie did not have an original sound. So, If you are boring repetitive sound, please switch music off. Movie is from 310(cz). squadron, 312(cz). squadron and 313(cz). sq. First picture with flags is from Exeter airfield. In cz. squadrons (1940/45) were also pilots from another nations: 46 british (Best: J.J. Jefferies-Latimer 6 victories), 18 jews (Best: O.Smik 10 victories), 3 canadians, 1 american, 1 irish, 1 polish pilot and 5-10% of slovakians (best J.K.Ambruš 2 victories). The best of czech, who fighted in czechoslovak squadrons was A.Vašátko 15 victories.


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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Back home... 68 years later


Merci André, Mehdi et Eric

 

Charles " Charley " de Hepcée.
( 1911 - 1944 )
Photo prise dans le restaurant belge " Chez Gaston ".
( collection André Bar )


Chers amis et passionnés de la R.A.F.,

Ce jeudi soir, en consultant ma boîte de messagerie, je tombe sur un message d'André Bar. Voici le texte qui y est inclus :
J'ai une importante nouvelle à t'annoncer :
 
Les restes de " Charley " de Hepcée ont été retrouvés et identifiés!
 
Il va enfin rentrer à la maison! Article complet ici

Monday, 2 April 2012

Aircraft of the R.A.F. and S.A.A.F. during World War II in Colour

Thx stefaan,



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Aircraft of the R.A.F. and S.A.A.F. during World War II in Colour

A set by Etiennedup
World War Two ended 67 years ago, and nearly all of us that use the Net today did not witness any of it. Everything we know we read in books, viewed in photos and saw in newsreels of the time.
Colour photography was in its infancy in 1939 therefore more than 90% of those images were recorded in black and white.Fortunately there were people who took colour photos,and today these images gives us a rare view(on our own "colour" terms) into those happenings of so long ago.
This set contains aircraft used by the Royal Air Force of Great Britain including Fleer Air Arm and to a lesser extent the South African Air Force,as well as other Allies in the British Commomwealth.

Copyright.
I am aware that some of these images may be subject to copyright, and will gladly remove any such items if so requested by the genuine holder of the rights.
In no way is any income derived from this set and the sole pupose is to share with fellow aircraft enthusiasts and modellers .
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Fairchild Argus Mk II . I C I plant  Billingham. Stirling Bomber      1942.
. Lockheed Hudson.
Tea in a Tiger. Stirling  G T Mk.IV.
Armourers at work. Field Marshal Montgomery.



Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A modern day mission: Lancaster bomber crew prepares for action 70 years on in remarkable set of airfield pictures | Mail Online

Inline image 1Forwarded message From: Philippe Deman 


Posing tentatively in their uniforms, at first glance they could be a Lancaster Bomber crew preparing for a daring war-time mission.
But these photos were not taken 70 years ago, but this week at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - the former Lancaster bomber base at RAF East Kirkby.
Admirers of the war-time planes stepped back in time to relive the sights, sounds and smells of the famous bomber which helped destroy the Nazi war machine.
They dressed up in original uniforms and sat in the cockpit of 'Just Jane', one of only three Lancasters left in the world capable of flying....

Read more on : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119392/A-modern-day-mission-Lancaster-bomber-crew-prepares-action-70-years-remarkable-set-airfield-pictures.html#ixzz1qRivsqZY






Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Mehdi In my world : 609 " West Riding of Yorkshire " Squadron is in mourning



Mehdi In my world


Posted: 15 Jan 2012 01:41 PM PST
Georges Watelet.
( 1919 - 2012 )

( collection André Bar )


Chers amis et passionnés de la R.A.F.,

Hier matin, mon père m'a présenté le journal " Le Soir " du weekend, ouvert à la page de la rubrique nécrologique. Voici ce que j'y ai lu :

On nous prie d'annoncer le décès de

Georges WATELET

Volontaire de guerre 1940 - 1945
Ancien Pilote à la RAF pendant la période 1940 - 1945
Ancien Commandant de Bord à la Sabena
Titulaire de nombreuses distinctions honorifiques


né à Marchienne - au - Pont, le 18 septembre 1919
et décédé à Woluwé - Saint - Lambert, le 3 janvier 2012.

Il a lutté avec courage contre une maladie qui le rongeait inexorablement.
Il est parti serein entouré des siens, de fidèles amis et de Marthe ARENTS.

Il a été incinéré dans l'intimité.

Les familles WATELET, ERCULISSE, LAMBOTTE, GODESSART, VANDERMEULEN et DEFIZE.

Le présent avis tient lieu de faire - part.

1200 Bruxelles - Tomberg, 95.

P.F. Lits - 02/733.73.81


Quatre élèves - pilotes belges au sein de la R.A.F.

De gauche à droite :

Leading Aircraftmen Léon Henrion, Emile Martens, Joseph " Willy " Laloux et Georges Watelet.


( collection André Bar )

Georges Watelet avait volé au sein du 609 " West Riding of Yorkshire " Squadron, où il y avait un Flight entièrement belge.

Pilotes du 609 " West Riding of Yorshire " Squadron,
photographiés à Manston ( 22 juillet 1943 ).

Rang debout, de gauche à droite :

Sgt Georges Watelet ( Belge ), Sgt B.L.J. Foley ( Australien ), Sgt R.O. Ellis
( Britannique ), F/O J.R. " Johnny " Baldwin ( Britannique ),
F/O A.S. Ross ( Américain ), F/O F.J. Reahill ( Britannique ),
P/O Georges " Poupa " Jaspis ( Belge ), F/Sgt H.W. McMann ( Canadien ),
Sgt R.W. Aitken - Quack ( Britannique ), Sgt J.G. McLaughlin ( Australien )
et Sgt F.J. Bryan ( Canadien ).

Rang assis, de gauche à droite :

F/O W.F. Watts ( Britannique ), F/Sgt G.K.E. Martin ( Australien ),
F/O J. Niblett ( Britannique ), F/O E.R.A. Roberts ( Britannique ),
F/Lt L.E. Smith ( Britannique ), S/Ldr A. Ingle ( Britannique ),
F/Lt
E. Haabjørn ( Norvégien ), F/Sgt Andrea " le Men " Blanco ( Belge ),
F/O I.J. Davies ( Britannique ), W/O R.E. Bavington ( Australien ),
F/O Joseph Renier ( Belge ) et Sgt Joseph Zegers ( Belge ).

( collection André Bar )

Rapport de l'Air Defence of Great Britain
concernant le Sergeant Georges Watelet.

( collection André Bar )

Hawker Typhoon du 609 " West Riding of Yorkshire " Squadron.
( collection André Bar )

Documents tirés...

... des archives de feu Guy De Win.
( collection André Bar )

Document du Spitfire Pilots Club.
Cette association regroupe les pilotes belges
ayant volé sur Spitfire.

( collection André Bar )


P.S. : Je remercie André Bar pour m'avoir envoyé tous les documents nécessaires à cette publication.
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Bobby Laumans, chevalier du ciel




Thx to Philippe & André to have spread the good news


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Bobby Laumans, chevalier du ciel


Vétéran de 39-45, le Belge Robert Laumans a été pilote de Spitfire au sein de la 350e de la RAF. Prisonnier de guerre, il a participé à la "Grande évasion". Ce week-end, il est à Duxford pour le 75e anniversaire de "son" avion.

Un beau roman ? Une belle histoire que celle de Robert Laumans, qui commence par un examen d'entrée à l'Ecole royale militaire en 1937 et, professionnellement, se termine en juin 1976 avec le statut de commandant de bord de Boeing 747, le plus grand aéronef commercial à l'époque, pour la Sabena. Mais surtout, en cette fin de semaine, "Bobby" Laumans est à Duxford, en Angleterre, qui commémore les 75 ans de "son" avion, celui qu'il pilota au sein de la Royal Air Force (RAF), en 1942: le légendaire Spitfire. Fait prisonnier après avoir été descendu, il participa à ce qui est devenu, au cinéma, "La grande évasion".

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

bam : Video : First Light - Geoffrey Wellum, who in 1940 was at age 18 the youngest RAF battle of Britain Spitfire pilot

Found by Mehdi (Belgians in RAF & SAAF 1940-1945)

First Light - Geoffrey Wellum

First Light
Geoffrey Wellum was just 18 when he was thrown into combat as a fighter pilot at the beginning of the terrifying air war of the Battle of Britain. Now seventy years on and aged 89, he is still haunted by the conflict that almost destroyed him.
Based on Geoffrey's personal and deeply moving memoirs, First Light is an intimate drama-documentary that delivers a compelling testimony of his wartime experiences, revisiting the stark emotions and fiery action that dazzled and terrified him as a young man and which changed his life forever. It is the story of a boy who went to war, and who came back a broken man.
Set in the summer of May 1940, Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum (Sam Heughan), driven by his love of flight and a desire to defend his country – joins the RAF's most famous "fighter boys": No.92 Squadron. Barely out of school and with just a few hours flight training, he has never seen a Spitfire close up, let alone flown one.
But no one has time to teach Boy the art of war, the squadron is fighting for survival and he must find his own way through the tension on the ground and the fight he must soon join in the air. As he is plunged head-first into combat, he discovers that the real enemy is not the Luftwaffe but the forces of despair that threaten to overwhelm him. As the death toll rises, Boy withdraws into himself and pushes away those who care for him, even Grace (Tuppence Middleton), the love of his life, cannot save him from the darkness that fills his heart.
Thrown time and again into a vortex of terrifying noise, stark emotions and fiery combat, Boy – like those around him – reaches breaking point.
After 18 months on the front line he is a boy who has lost his youth in the most violent and immediate way possible; his spirit broken by a merciless world of kill or be killed. No longer caring whether he lives or dies, he can only be saved by the action of his superiors – who know that if he continues to fly he will face certain death.
Through Geoffrey Wellum's compelling first person testimony, intense drama and cutting-edge CGI and real-time Spitfire flying sequences, First Light evokes both a period of great personal sacrifice and the claustrophobic horror of the fighter pilot's cockpit – where terror lurked in every cloud.
About Geoffrey Wellum:
Geoffrey Wellum (89) is a Battle of Britain British fighter pilot and author. He was born in Walthamstow, London and aged 17 he signed up on a short-service commission with the RAF in August 1939. He served with 92 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain.
In March 1942 he went to 65 Squadron at Debden as a flight Commander and from there to Malta later that year. He led a group of eight Spitfires off HMS Furious to Luqa during Operation Pedestal.
Returning to England, Wellum became a test pilot on Typhoons at Gloster Aircraft. He later became a gunnery instructor until the end of the war. He stayed in the RAF after 1945, serving in Germany as a staff officer, followed by a four-year tour of duty with 192 Squadron. Wellum left the RAF in 1961 to take up a position with a firm of commodity brokers in the City of London until his retirement to Cornwall, where he still lives. He has three children.
Sam Heughan Biography:
Sam Heughan plays Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum in the drama. Sam graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2003. He was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Award (Most Promising Performance) for Outlying Islands at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs.
Sam has appeared in various TV programmes including: A Very British Sex Scandal (Channel 4), Any Human Heart (Film4), Midsomer Murders (ITV) and as a regular character in BBC Soaps River City and Doctors.
His film leads include: Young Alexander The Great (Ilya Salkind Company) and Emulsion (White Lantern Films), while theatre credits include: Plague Over England (Duchess, West End), MacBeth (Nottingham, Edinburgh Lyceum), Romeo And Juliet (Dundee Rep) and Hamlet (Citizens Glasgow).
First Light (BBC Two, 1x80 minutes) Lion/Manray Media. Executive producers are Richard Bradley and Madonna Baptiste (Lion/Manray Media) and Cassian Harrison (BBC).
First Light is also being shown on the award-winning BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat 108; Freeview 50; Sky 143 and Virgin 108. BBC HD offers the very best of the BBC's programming in high definition, bringing audiences the programmes they love with up to five times more detail than standard definition, and exceptionally vivid colours and crisp pictures.

some highlights of a recently screened BBC documentry drama First light,
shown during Battle of britain week,70 years on...
based on the book by Geoffrey Wellum.... who in 1940 was at age 18 the youngest RAF battle of Britain Soitfire pilot,he would survive the BoB and recieve the DFC and later fight over Malta,
today he is 89 and describes himself as `a survivour` not a hero...
Battle of britain week,70 years on...
some highlights of a recently screened BBC documentry drama First light,
based on the book by Geoffrey Wellum.... who in 1940 was at age 18 the youngest RAF battle of Britain Soitfire pilot,he would survive the BoB and recieve the DFC and later fight over Malta,
today he is 89 and describes himself as `a survivour` not a hero...


some highlights of a recently screened BBC documentry drama First light,
shown during Battle of britain week,70 years on...
based on the book by Geoffrey Wellum.... who in 1940 was at age 18 the youngest RAF battle of Britain Soitfire pilot,he would survive the BoB and recieve the DFC and later fight over Malta,
today he is 89 and describes himself as `a survivour` not a hero


some highlights of a recently screened BBC documentry drama First light,
shown during Battle of britain week,70 years on...
based on the book by Geoffrey Wellum.... who in 1940 was at age 18 the youngest RAF battle of Britain Soitfire pilot,he would survive the BoB and recieve the DFC and later fight over Malta,
today he is 89 and describes himself as `a survivour` not a hero...



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Yves Duwelz