3 RTR B Squadron

Discussion in 'RAC & RTR' started by Frank Flattery, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything


    For SDP, Frank, JDKR especially, and all others viewing this thread, apologies! Been away for a few days and in my dotage I just can't get on with posting anything using my phone.

    Clarification (a little) re the F02 photos I posted in the "Tiger Tiger" thread a while ago.

    Photos taken immediately post war, chaps definitely have RTR cap badges as they are from 1 RTR. I can only remember the name of one of the chaps and said surname (I think) was "Parkes". He was the young fella sat on the front right of F02 as you look at it.

    Better photo of him below, 26th January 1945, with the Churchill crewing chaps of Kings Own Royal Lancs. He's on the left of this one.

    Kind regards, always,

    Jim.

    26 Jan 1945 Royal Tanks and Lancs.jpg
     
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  2. Frank Flattery

    Frank Flattery Well-Known Member

    Any luck with the photo?
     
  3. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Not had a reply. Will chase.
     
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  4. Frank Flattery

    Frank Flattery Well-Known Member

    Thanks! In the meantime, more pics! These are the last ones, I'm afraid, unless I come across any more in the family archives...
    These are from after VE Day, when B Squadron were stationed in Süderstapel (29th May '45 - early September '45, when they moved to Süchteln and were issued with Cromwell Crocodiles).
    They were taken in the Drage-Norderstapel area, where he was guarding a Control Point on the Eider - if anyone's interested, exact location, courtesy of St Google:

    Google Maps

    I think his caption for the first pic says it all....
    Lastly, a modern-day view of the location of the last pic, it hasn't changed at all!
     

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  5. Frank Flattery

    Frank Flattery Well-Known Member

    I am mistaken!!! I forgot about these, from Süchteln. For some reason, I always assumed these photos were 'standard issue', but when I was scanning the first, I realised my grandfather was there, posing in front of the tank! Apparently, he was not too happy about swapping his Comet for a Crocodile...as you can see from his annotations! These would have been taken around 14th September '45, when the WD states that: 0915; Flame test of all CHURCHILL Crocs.
     

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  6. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    hello Sharon I am new to the site too, I have received a warm welcome and plenty of help from the members, I am researching my uncle Eric B squadron 3rtr,
    with the help of Owen I have a photo uploaded. Hope you are find the info you are seeking, regards Sheila
     
  7. JDKR

    JDKR Member Patron

    er, who is Sharon? Do you need to tell us something Frank? Welcome anyhow Sheila.
     
  8. Frank Flattery

    Frank Flattery Well-Known Member

    Me thinks this post should be on the thread Sheila started, perhaps?? And no, I do not have a secret double identity!
     
  9. Frank Flattery

    Frank Flattery Well-Known Member

    Hi Sheila, I think you may have posted this here by mistake.
     
  10. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    Thank you Frank, yes, I have made a mistake, still getting the hang of things, can you tell me how to get the post to the right person?
    Thank you, I have never been on an online site before this week. Sheila
     
  11. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    Big sorry to all involved seems I'm cocking the system up, how do I send a message to a given person ? this is my first time on any online chat, please advise.
    Thank you Sheila
     
  12. JDKR

    JDKR Member Patron

    Hi Sheila - if you click on Inbox top right you will then see a box which says something like Start a Conversation. Click on that and you will be able to put into a box the name of the person you want to message. Then message them. Nobody else will see that conversation - I think! Good Luck!:)

    John
     
  13. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    If you want to contact a member of the Forum directly rather than via these public viewable pages, you need to Start a Conversation. This is quite easy. Go to their last post and click on their name underneath their avatar (aka the picture above their name). That will bring up their details and you will see an option to Start a Conversation. Click on that and follow the instructions. Sounds complex but is actually very easy.
     
  14. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    hello SDP thank you for the info, but all I trying to do is via these public viewing pages say hello to Sharon named on Frank's
    site on page 3 saying she is a new member as well, so I thought I would say hello, however I got it wrong, hence the muddle, sorry to be a pain, could you tell me
    where I went wrong please. Thank you Sheila
     
  15. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    Hello John thank you for the info, but all I am trying to do is via these public viewable pages, say hello to Sharon named on Frank's site on page 3 saying she is a
    new member as well, so I thought to say hello, but I got it wrong somewhere along the line, hence the muddle. Thank you Sheila:wacko:
     
  16. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Shiela and Richard

    Ah. Got it now. Only thing you could/should have done is link back to Sharon's post on page three - like I've done on this post (I've referred/linked back to your recent post #154 (that's the little number towards the lower right hand corner of each post)). It's easy to add such a 'quotation' to a post; you simply click on the word +quote (also located at the lower RH side of each post) when you are preparing a new post.

    Incidentally, I know Sharon (Climpson) and have met her and her family on a few occasions. Her dad Fred was 3RTR as stated in her post on page three of this thread. Sharon doesn't visit this forum very often and has herself only recently joined the forum.

    I hope that helps.
     
  17. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much SDP info spot on you are a star sir. We send best wishes to Sharon and her dad Fred
     
  18. Frank Flattery

    Frank Flattery Well-Known Member

    Regarding taking out two tanks with one shot, whilst going through the 24 Lancers threads, I came across this:
    R.I.P. Reg Snowling, 24th Lancers, later 23rd Hussars
    Anyone have any more details on this incident (squadron, etc)? According to the article, it must have been a Firefly, which, if I'm not mistaken, only fired AP. I do recall my grandfather saying how the TC ordered AP, which makes me think the incident he was talking about had happened in a Sherman 75mm, but it seems too much a coincidence...
     
  19. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    The 'two Panthers with one shot' was when Reg was with 23H. He did tell me where it all happened but I've forgotten - it was quite a time ago. According to Reg it was a lucky ricochet - still counts though!
     
  20. Frank Flattery

    Frank Flattery Well-Known Member

    Yep, you're right, looks like I'm no closer to finding the incident my grandfather was talking about..
    Getting back to B Squadron, I read in one of the 3RTR books that when they started taking heavy losses through panzerfaüst ambushes in Germany, as many crew were reluctant to take lead position, it was dicided to rotate crews within troops, and, I'm not sure if I remember seeing somewhere, even rotating within squadrons as well. Does that sound right to you?
     
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