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Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by gash hand, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Hello we are Sheila and Richard, inspired by your interesting post has prompted us to sign the line,
    with the help of Owen to us newbies here we are. We are interested in B squadron 3 RTR
    Operation Goodwood on the morning of the 18th July 1944 village of Hubert Folie on the
    Bourguebus Ridge Normandy.
     
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  2. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Welcome to the forum , theres some 3RTR 35mm here (may be of interest?)

    THE 3RD ROYAL TANK REGIMENT GOES INTO ACTION ON THE FIRST DAY OF OPERATION 'GOODWOOD' [Allocated Title]

    Kyle
     
  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    welcome to the forum
     
  4. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you much for the information you have given us Kyle, we will check it out. We are totally new and uncertain of procedure but we will give it a go.
    My Uncle Eric was known as Jack Turner Driver Sherman Firefly Kia 18th July 1944. On Operation Goodwood. His crew mates were injured names Titch Everett
    and Harry Palmer, troop sergeant Eric Whittaker. I am hoping to find info on the crew so all views welcome. We have the War Diaries.
    Thank you for replying to me Sheila
     
  5. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you your welcome I look forward to familiarising myself with the site, this is my first time on any site.
    kind regards Sheila
     
  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Welcome to both of you.
     
  7. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Kyle, Thank you but I already have a photo of the headstone and cemetery. Kind regards Sheila
     
  8. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you your warm welcome, we have never done this before, newbies, so please excuse us if we make some mistakes.
    regards sheila
     
  9. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Sorry Shiela, The offer didnt come from me? Just the IWM link? :)

    From The Pendulum of Battle Operation Goodwood July 1944

    Sergeant Eric Whittaker, a troop sergeant in B Squadron, was in a Sherman Firefly heading for Hubert-Folie: As we got near the village we suddenly started losing tanks from 88s and tanks well concealed on the ridge. To my immediate left Sergeant Dickson was brewed-up by a gun hidden in a haystack, which I immediately eliminated. To my rear Corporal Taffy Richardson was also hit. On getting to the ridge I was hit twice. On baling out I found that my driver, Jack Turner, had been killed, the operator/loader, Harry Palmer, badly wounded in the leg, and the gunner, Titch Everett, had his foot blown off Nearby Sergeant Bob Lawton's Firefly had been struck on the gun mantiet, which had put his elevating gear out of order, so we got my two wounded men on bedding rolls on the back of his tank and got them back to the MO, Captain Macmillan.'


    Kyle
     
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  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    you just carry on and dont worry about mistakes

    just make sure you dont go onto the internet and join sites that request money for service records etc from WW2
    they dont have them.
     
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  11. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much, your advice is very sound, in fact we purchased service records from Glasgow and we have the war diaries from Bovington.
    we have all documents from CWGC. archive stuff, also got photograph from War Graves photographic project. numerous books on the subject
    We have a photo which I will learn to upload.
    Thank you for time Sheila
     
  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    good show
     
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  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Glad you got posting ok.
    Now have a try at adding an image .
    :)
     
  14. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much Kyle for the info, yes indeed that is interesting, we have bought eight copies of that particular book for various family members for the future and Richard
    has been adding photo of Eric into each book together with photo of poppies from the area, and we are in the process of writing an account of his family background.
    We have a photo of 3 troopers, Eric/Jack Turner is on the extreme right and we are hoping to find the names of the other 2 are Palmer and Everett.
    I have got to learn how to upload this photo. As we are new to a site and unsure of what we are doing, you have beaten us to it, because we were going to post your quote ourselves, we are so pleased that you have responded thank you are that you are aware what we are on about. Also to add Kyle, we have written to Brigadier Christopher
    Dunphie MC and he has replied saying he is going to Ranville War Cemetery Normandy this year and will pay his respects to Eric/Jack/Albert.
    Trooper 6920682 Albert HenryTurner kia 18th July 1944. Known in family as Eric.
    Thank you for your time and interest Sheila and Richard
     
  15. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you for all your help and advice Owen, all very kind gentlemen. I will certainly give the photo a go.
    kind regards Sheila and Richard
     
  16. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    Welcome to you both, the site is great as you will discover.
     
  17. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your warm welcome, so far we have received a warm welcome from other members in addition to some useful information and a great
    deal of help with our photo from Owen, a gem, and Mr Jinks swift off the mark with "pendulum of Battle" reference, Sergeant Whittaker,
    all gratefully received. best wishes sheila and richard
     
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  18. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you Owen for your help. Apologies, yes, Mr Jinks recommendation for the book Pendulum of Battle. Help is much appreciated. Thank you Sheila
     

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