113 SQUADRON RAF
The Research Room is essentially the Site library. Now look smart mind you and close the tent flap when you come in to keep the sand off the books.
Here you will find various reference documents, editorials, newsclippings, publications, links to outside resources and suggested books and materials for further research.
The intent is that all material or bits of information "found" that may be of relevance to the 113 Squadron will be posted here for storage untill it can be sorted and organized. In this capacity, everyone is encouraged to send in any information they happen to find no matter how trivial. A list will be kept here "of who is working on what" so that we may also exchange materials between ourselves.
In those cases where the material is copyrighted, too large to send, or on another site, we will list instead a link to the site, a reference to a book or the contact information of the individual who holds the material as appropriate.
Some of the material archived here has already been used in the development of this site but most is still awaiting anaylisis, cross checking and skimming of relevant information so that it can be entered into the appropriate section of the site. If your looking for something to do, your help in this area would be very welcome and appreciated.
ARCHIVES LOCATED ON SITE
TIMELINE 113 SQUADRON Point form listing of squadron events and locations. This page is reqularly updated as new information is found.
AIR OPERATIONS BURMA AIR OPERATIONS BURMA AND BAY OF BENGAL, JANUARY Ist TO MAY 22nd, 1942. RAF / Stevenson report.
LINKS TO INFORMATION - OTHER SITES
GERMAN CRASH DATABASE This site is an interactive database where you can search for allied or German aircraft lost over Germany. You can also help build this database by uploading details of your own research.
A good usefull list of RAF acronyms
A difinitive listing of the Offficial Commonwealth Squadron Associations, points of contact and the Official Web Sites of each where known.
REFERENCE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS
The Air War over the Arakan 1942 to 1945 - Tony Day
The most comprehensive study of Air Operations in this Far East Theater ever undertaken. A book which now, 65 years gone by, will forever remain the authoritative work, and reference on the subject for future generations. NOTE: No published volume exists but is available for study from the Imperial War Museum and the RAF Museum in London England, the Australian National Library, the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa and the RNZAF Archives located at the Wigram Air Base. Note: Some preparatory research material remains, letters, photos, etc., most was destroyed. Some material has been forwarded to the Aircrew Association. The letters of Wal McLellan are bundled with the manuscript in the AWM library.
The Bristol Blenheim - Graham Warner
Another extremely comprehensive work which can never be exceeded. Covers the squadrons, theaters of the Blenheim as well as a detailed listing of what happened to nearly every Blenheim.
27 Sqd Beaufighters over Burma - David J Innes
The Air Battle For Imphal - Norm Franks
Publisher William Kimber. Deals in the main with the activities of the Spitfire Squadrons in the Siege. However there are several mentions and quotes relating to Hurricane Squadrons 113 and 28 the latter a TR Squadrons..had been from the start of Air Ops in Burma. when they were flying Lysanders. There are quotes from Joe Ward (ex Bisleys on 113), S/L
Courtney, LAC Rae and F/O Botts.
Bitter Monsoon by Oliver Moxley
Information on the loss of three 113 Squadron aircraft in March 1944
Royal Airforce Thunderbolts - Geoff Thomas
Air research publication 1987. (F/O Pat Woodward states it is clear concise and accurate and likely the only major work on the subject.
NOTE RE AIRCRAFT SERIALS: An outfit called Air Britain in the UK have a series of soft cover books covering the fate of all RAF aircraft starting with aircraft received from the manufacturer in 1929 to date. The Bristol Blenheim by Author Graham Warner also has a nearly complete listing of every Blenheim built. Most of the Blenheim IVs were in the V-Z series and the Bisleys mainly the BA series, of which few were built.
CURRENT PROJECTS & RESEARCHER
Ron Vickers. Co-ordinating, General research and locating and contact of 113 Veteran Personnel.
Charlie Walker. General research and locating and contact of 113 Veteran Personnel.
Keith Hansen. General research and locating of veteran personnel, Keith has been working on this project since the beginning.
Kevin Crawford. Site construction, Writing / research, typing, typing and more typing and did I mention Typing
Gerard Brigden. Site development, general research, locating personnel.
Sgt Ewan Brooking. Writing, photos, All areas 1941 to 1943
Tony Day. (A One man Research Team) Research & writing in virtually all areas, extracting extensive notes and information from earlier research for his book. Specific areas: Hinds, Blenheim serials. Operations log project. Personnel corrections / Updates.