Ranger to Grove revisited

Comment from Anders Straarup, www.airmen.dk

AirmenDK now contains www.airmen.dk/grove44.htm as the first of 9 pages describing how George Stewart and Bud Badley of 23 Sqn attacked a JU88 fighter at Fliegerhorst Grove and later a radar tower at the West coast of Jutland, Denmark on 26 SEP 1944.
George sent a page from his photo album and his report. The painting Day Ranger to Grove is very fine. Thanks to Danish Experts the type, serial number and exact position of the radar tower have now been added.
AirmenDK has details about 463 planes and 3.089 Allied airmen – most of them shot down over Denmark.

You may see www.airmen.dk/mosquito.htm


Click here.

01058 Day Ranger to Grove, low res


And the answers are… Redux

This blog is still alive and well, I am just waiting for someone to find it and contribute.

What follows was written in August 2010.

The original is here.


I sent an e-mail to George Stewart this week after posting Monday’s article…

He answered back and he insists I call him George.

I am not the kind of guy to argue with a Mosquito pilot…

George identified most of the airmen on the pictures that Paul Beaudet’s daughter sent me two weeks ago.

Paul Beaudet was George’s navigator on all his 50 missions. They never suffered any injuries.

I would venture to say that they were each other’s good luck charm.

Getting back to the photographs, I first believed that these pictures were taken at Luqa, Malta, but George told me they were taken in Alghero in Sardinia and also in Naples, Italy.

This is the first picture I posted last time.

This is what George Stewart wrote me…

His answers are in blue…

This photo shows my navigator F/O J. R. Paul Beaudet, beside F/L J. (Jackie) Curd, a squadron pilot who flew with his navigator F/S P.H.Devlin.

This photo shows me with F/O A.L. (Al) Berry, a squadron navigator, whose pilot was P/O R. A. (Ron) Neil, both members of the RNZAF.

The other officer on the left side of the photo escapes my memory for now, but I think he was our engineering officer. This shot was taken in Naples, and you can see Mount Vesuvius in the background.

We landed here off the Italian cruiser Garibaldi, which sailed us here from Cagliary, Sardinia, after we found out that the squadron was going back to the U.K., in the spring of 1944.

We sailed from here to Liverpool on the Strathnaver.

The picture shows a few of us in Sassari (Sardinia), a city close to our base at Alghero in Sardinia, (after we did a bit of shopping. I bought a lovely small oil painting, for 800 lire).

In the dark battledress to my right, is F/O Ken Eastwood’s navigator F/L G.T.(Griff) Rogers.

‘Scappa’ W/O.K.V.Rann, a squadron navigator who flew with Lt. J.H.Christie, of the Dutch Airforce, is on my right, and Paul to his right.

I’m not sure about the chap in the top picture with his right arm around my navigator Paul, but it may come to me later; it may have been taken a the #1 B.P.D. tent camp in Algiers.

Paul Beaudet and the Vesuvius of course.

Al Berry again, likely taken the same day as the photo on page 1, in Naples.

With all these new articles on No. 23 Squadron, I would like to consider myself as being George’s navigator on the Internet…

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Commenting on Ron Neil

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Peter Neil used the search engine on this blog to find all I wrote about his father.

I am one of Ron Neil’s sons, and recognized the photo having seen an original many years ago. My father died suddenly in 1969 (aged 46) but we were all well acquainted with his joining the RAF at a very young age. He didn’t make much of his war experience but we held him in some awe for his willingness to leave New Zealand, train in Canada and serve in Great Britain.

Berry and Neil

Al Berry and his pilot Ron Neil

Collection Paul Beaudet via Diane Beaudet Carlucci


Collection Paul Beaudet via Diane Beaudet Carlucci

Pilots and navigators - Al Berry (N) and his pilot Ron Neil both from the RNZAF

Collection Paul Beaudet via Diane Beaudet Carlucci

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de Havilland Mosquito KA114 in Virginia Beach, USA

Pierre Lagacé:

Another post from that passionate blogger.

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:

After having seen the worlds only flying de Havilland DH98 Mosquito(a FB Mk.26 fighter-bomber model with the serial number KA114) earlier this year in New Zealand over a 3 day period at Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 I was having some withdrawal symptoms and needed to see this beautiful machine fly again! I also have a special affection for this aircraft as a relative (Charles Scherf) flew them in World War Two and was one of Australia’s top air aces during this conflict, as such I had grown up hearing lots of stories about him and the “Mossie” from my Grandfather.  Given I am back in the USA I thought what better than to head to Virginia Beach to see her first public flying display in this country at Warbirds Over The Beach Air Show 2013 held at KA114’s new home the Military Aviation Museum.

Mosquito KA114 Virginia Beach USA 2013 Mosquito…

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de Havilland Mosquito KA114 flys again!

Pierre Lagacé:

From another passionate blogger.

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:

de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.21 Jerry Yeagen NZ 2013

de Havilland Mosquito

After a seven year reconstruction and restoration by Avspecs Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand a de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.26 fighter-bomber, “TheWooden Wonder” took to the skies once again in 2012 appearing at a number of flying events around Auckland (the first flight was September 27th, 2012). This particular aircraft, serial number KA114, was originally built in Canada in 1945 (one of 338 Mk.26 built there) and is currently the only flying example of any Mosquito version in the world (the last other flying example crashed in the UK in 1996). The  good news is that in a few years there will be more flying with other projects in both NZ and the UK underway!

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito FB Mk,26 at Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 KA114

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito FB Mk.26 at Wings Over Wairarapa 2013

For me the “Mossie” has a special place as a relative, Charles Curnow Scherf was one of Australia’s…

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