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Stanishlaw lshinskyIn WW2 I was a young woman living with my auntie, uncle and cousins in Wigan, Lancashire, England. I met and started dating a Polish pilot named Stanishlaw Lshinsky he was based at Kirkham nr Blackpool. We became very close and were both devastated when my uncle insisted I end the relationship. Stan was sent to RAF Culdrose and I never saw him again.
I later married and had 2 children.My husband passed away a number of years ago and although I was happily married for over 40 years I never forgot Stan.
I would love to know what became of him whether he went back to Poland or maybe he met someone and settled in England. If anyone knows anything I would love to hear from you.Doris Berry
Corporal Charles Albert AllardI have just discovered a letter written from my mother to my father, Charles Allard in September 1940. He was apparently stationed in Blackpool while my mother remained in London. The letter describes her homelife during the Blitz and gives an amazing insight into the hazards of daily life at the time. My mother died some time ago and was predeceased by my father.
Until the discovery of this letter, I had not known where he had been stationed and would love to know how to access his Service records. I have photos of my father in uniform and indeed he was wearing this when he married my mother in 1941.
On the back of the envelope, another name is jotted down AC2 Awcott, E.F. 1377172 - I wonder who this was? I would be so grateful to be given any relevant information.
This letter was found only two weeks ago,tucked down in a sofa which I am having reupholstered. The upholsterer kindly sent me the letter as soon as he discovered it. I would love to hear from anyone who might have known my father or anything about him.
Editors Note: Blackpool was the main initial training base for new entrants into the RAF at that time.Lesley Ashforth
LAC David Johnson 84 SquadronEarly February 1941 my Dad, David Johnson then aged 28 was working at Salford Electrical Instruments, then a Munitions factory on Silk St, Salford. He was in a reserved occupation and was not required to join the services. When a minor event changed this. Dad and a couple of workmates called at the pub in their lunch break unfortunately they arrived back at work a little late. There was a no nonsense approach to life those days, and Dad and his workmates were sacked. Mam was six months pregnant with their first child, Dad knew his priority was a wage coming in so he immediately went to the recruiting office and joined the RAF.
Going to war and fighting the enemy would have been nothing in comparison to telling my mother what had occurred. They had been married for three years and were renting a three bed. terraced hovel on West St, Lower Broughton. Mam at times could be terrifying, and no doubt verbally and possibly physically would have wiped the floor with Dad. Their parting would not have been amicable.
The next day Dad was at Recruit centre RAF Padgate, then after that onto 4 wing 5 recruit Centre West Kirby. Dad was based at Cranwell College on a training course in May when my older sister was born, the day after her birth Dad was granted five days leave. (And apart from one day in September of that year, that was the last Mam saw of him until June 1945). In April 1942 he was posted to Care and Maintenance party based at Santa Cruz, Station Headquarters, India. After this, 84 Squadron, 7084 Servicing Echelon.
He came home to England in May 1945 and was based for a short time at 1 Air crew officers school, RAF Hereford. He had an exemplary service record and a good conduct badge A1st. February 1946 Dad was demobbed from 101 Personnel Dispersal Centre RAF Kirkham.
It was hard for Mam without Dad whilst he was in India, and sadly, she never really forgave him for joining up. As a child I remember the dreadful traumatic scenes in the house my sister and I witnessed, we with our arms around Dad, all three of us sobbing uncontrollably as Mam verbally attacked him, and even threatened him with the poker. She was a strong woman not afraid of anyone either man or woman. Dad was a wonderful father to us, kind, thoughtful, caring, he loved us very much. Over the years Mam softened towards Dad, she realized she could not have had a better husband.Anne
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