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Today, 7:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1949

Three deaths, one suicide, and two resignations? Inopportune time to be a Labour MP what? ;( Can't wait to read the storylines behind these events. :D

Today, 12:41am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Jugoslovenska Vojnik, Monday, 24 January 1949 No.91 (Fighter Interceptor) Squadron at Zagreb and No. 92 (Fighter Interceptor) Squadron at Nova Pazova have completed their conversion to the Dassault Ouragan II, and No.54 (Fighter Interceptor) Squadron at Lezha has begun converting to the type. Conversion of additional squadrons are pending delivery of the second batch of Ouragans from France. Nos. 62 and 63 (Fighter Bomber) Squadrons at Pristina have taken on charge a sufficient number of Soko Or...

Yesterday, 12:41am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Naval Air Service, Order of Battle, December 1948

Philippine Naval Air Service, Order of Battle, December 1948 Carrier Air Group One (embarked on CV Sibuyan) Fighting Squadron Six – Grumman F8F (18) Fighting Squadron Seven – Grumman F8F (18) Fighter-Bomber Squadron Ten – Grumman F6F (12) Carrier Air Group Two (land-based, at Cavite) Fighting Squadron Four – Grumman F8F (18) Fighting Squadron Five – Grumman F8F (18) Fighter-Bomber Squadron Four – Grumman F6F (12) Naval Composite Air Group Four (land-based, at Basco) Fighting Squadron Eleven – Na...

Yesterday, 12:34am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Nichols Field, Manila, Saturday, 29 January 1949 The KNILM airliner made its final approach turn and straightened up on the runway preparatory to landing. Buckled into his seat Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee Phillip Buis had a decent, if restricted, view of Manila, which stretched out along the shore of its namesake bay. He put down the pocket guidebook he had been reading and watched the ground slowly rise beneath the aircraft’s wing. With a thump they were on the ground and as the pilot applied th...

Thursday, February 14th 2019, 10:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

French News, 1948

Interesting... the Comte de Rochefort has a plan... very interesting.

Thursday, February 14th 2019, 3:18am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Air Force, Order of Battle, December 1948

Philippine Air Force, Order of Battle, December 1948 First Fighter Wing – HQ Villamor Air Force Base, near Manila, Luzon 11th Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) 21st Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) 31st Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) Second Fighter Wing – HQ Del Carmen Air Force Base, near Pampanga, Luzon 12th Fighter Squadron – North American P-51D (18) 22nd Fighter Squadron – North American P-51D (18) 32nd Fighter Squadron – North American...

Tuesday, February 12th 2019, 4:02pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Sächsische Zeitung, Friday, 28 January 1949 The Ministry of Defence has announced its decision to procure a service test quantity of the Junkers Ju322 long-range bomber. The first of the twenty aircraft on order is expected to be rolled out in May of this year. Meanwhile, the existing prototypes are being put through an accelerated programme to test equipment expected to be used on the production aircraft. The Inspection Ship Roter Löwe, off the coast of Vinland, Saturday, 29 January 1949 Fregat...

Monday, February 11th 2019, 4:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Cruiser Marseillaise, The Gulf of Danzig, Thursday, 27 January 1949 The cold winter wind buffeted his ship, and Capitaine D'Estienne d'Orves was thankful for an enclosed bridge. The Marseillaise and the Suffren were again training up a new group of German destroyers – the four recently arrived ships of Zerstörerdivision 312. Reactivated and crewed by a mix of reservists and recruits he had found little to complain about in their ship handling. Today would test their skills in screening the cruis...

Monday, February 11th 2019, 12:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Lagny-sur-Marne, France, Sunday, 16 January 1949 The Baranovs had not even returned to their home when news of Xenia’s engagement to the King of Yugoslavia broke in the French press. At their arrival at the Gare de l'Est the police had to be called to rescue them, and their fellow passengers, from the crown of reporters, photographers, and various well-wishers that mobbed their train at the platform. Even after their homecoming they found them neigh besieged by the minions of the press who sough...

Saturday, February 9th 2019, 9:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Naval Operating Base Puerto Princesa, Thursday, 20 January 1949 Vice Admiral Fernando Suarez, commander of the Western Fleet, took notice of the first reports regarding the Dutch naval exercises in the South China Sea. The Dutch had chosen to exercise their fleet near the Riau Islands – well clear of Philippine territory but right in the midst of busy shipping lanes. The current exercise followed hard upon the exercise run by the Dutch in the Makassar Strait the previous October, and he wondered...

Saturday, February 9th 2019, 1:23am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Survey Ship Komet, The Celebes Sea, Tuesday, 25 January 1949 Thus far her voyage was uneventful; the Komet had entered the Sulu Sea through the Balabac Strait, and sailed south through the Sibutu Passage, all under the watchful eye of Philippine naval aircraft or patrol ships; though relations between Germany and the Philippines were friendly enough, it seemed that the Philippine Navy was zealous in its defence of its sea frontiers. Sangihe Island now lay to the southeast, and their intended cou...

Friday, February 8th 2019, 4:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Commonwealth Adjustment

I approve the selection of the BCAC Wayfarer. It is well suited to Australian needs.

Friday, February 8th 2019, 4:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "Hood" The Royal Navy is delighted their presence gives the German and Russian crews some time out of harbour. The inverse, actually. In the case of the Russians, they'd actually have more ships in harbor during foreign visits, particularly since you're passing some of the best winter-time exercise areas. Similar to the way Petrograd parks the Northern Fleet when the Germans are running big exercises, much of the Baltic Fleet will either be in more remote ar...

Thursday, February 7th 2019, 6:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Belgrade, Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché, Friday, 14 January 1949 The long-term rearmament plans of the Yugoslav military are reaching fruition, with the majority of military equipment required being manufactured domestically – the exception being high-performance military aircraft. More than sufficient M43 service rifles in on hand to equip the regular component of the Royal Yugoslav Army as well as its first line reserve elements, and production continues at a steady pace. The older ...

Thursday, February 7th 2019, 4:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted U-205 might want to keep clear of the Russian guardship, just in case. If the Russians aren't told that U-205 is in the area, they might start playing bloodhound. And if the Russians were told... well, er, the guardship would still pursue her until they confirmed she's German. Her movements would have been communicated... but there is always value to 'extempore' training exercises. 8)

Thursday, February 7th 2019, 1:25am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Submarine U-205, Irbe Strait, Ruhna bearing East-Southeast, Saturday, 22 January 1949 She had trailed a British flotilla – a light cruiser and two destroyers – from just outside Nordish territorial limits off Stockholm to their entry to the Gulf of Riga; now her orders were to picket the strait through which the British must pass on their homeward voyage. No doubt there were Russian boats operating in the area, even if ice hampered their activities. And if not submarines, more than sufficient Ru...

Wednesday, February 6th 2019, 9:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1949

Would not the prosecution only proceed against one defendant, the others having pled guilty? No need for the jury to hear a case against three men who have already copped a plea?

Monday, February 4th 2019, 8:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

La Industria (Trujillo), 29 January 1949 The Servicios Industriales de la Marina at Mollendo-Matarani is due to launch the coastal transports Corongo and Parcartambo today for the Armada de Peru. These ships, and their projected sisters, are intended to support the economic development of both the northern and southern regions of the country by expanding transport opportunities to under-served coastal communities.

Monday, February 4th 2019, 7:15pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

The Inspection Ship Roter Löwe, Sint Jans Harbour, Vinland, Saturday, 22 January 1949 The Roter Löwe rode easily at anchor, protected from the winds and waves of the Atlantic in the sheltered harbour. She was taking on fuel from a tank barge moored to her port side and provisions from a smaller lighter moored to starboard. She had arrived in the Nordish settlement two days previously for resupply before she returned to patrolling the fishing grounds between Vinland and Greenland – where even dur...