Alan Chanter

ww2dbaseAlan Chanter was born in London in 1947. Enlisting in the British Army in 1967, Alan saw service in Germany and Northern Ireland and visited Berlin and Cyprus. Rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant, he was twice introduced to members of the Royal Family and awarded both the General Service Medal with clasp for Northern Ireland and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Retiring from the Army in 1989, Alan took employment in a factory manufacturing components for machine tools until his job became redundant in 2002.

ww2dbaseAlways interested in History (particularly that relating to the Military), in 2001 Alan began writing short items for a number of History-based Internet Newsgroups. Whilst unemployed this developed into some rather lengthier essays.

ww2dbaseAlan now resides in Lincoln (founded by the Romans) and is married with three adult children. He is currrently employed, part-time, as a driver for a local Taxi company.

Latest Contributions

Ship: Nevada14 Jan 2017 
Ship: Kelly13 Jan 2017 
Person: Maxwell Newman25 Nov 2016 
Aircraft: Welkin23 Sep 2016 
Person: Reginald Jones12 Aug 2016 
Aircraft: Tornado24 Jun 2016 
Aircraft: Type 4326 May 2016 
Person: Alfred Knox28 Mar 2016 
Facility: Lichterfelde Barracks15 Feb 2016 
Facility: Buchenwald Concentration Camp6 Jan 2016 
Country: South Africa26 Oct 2015 
Ship: Thornycroft-class28 Sep 2015 
Person: Barnes Wallis3 Sep 2015 
Person: Roberts Dunstan23 Jul 2015 
Weapon: 20 mm MG-FF Oerlikon9 Jun 2015 
Weapon: 20 mm M2 Hispano17 Apr 2015 
Vehicle: Cruiser Mk V Covenanter6 Apr 2015 
Person: Leslie Hore-Belisha25 Feb 2015 
Vehicle: W/NG 3502 Jan 2015 
Ship: Schnellboot-class23 Apr 2014 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

British Army dispatch rider on a BSA M20 motorcycle, date unknown

Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 2,985 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions are shown below.

» 19 Apr 1945: A Royal Canadian Air Force Catalina crashed in Labrador in northeastern Canada. In the following operation to rescue the seven crewmen, a US Coast Guard HNS1 helicopter would be deployed to assist. This was one of the first rescue operations undertaken by a rotary wing aircraft.
» 5 Jan 1943: General Carl A. Spaatz relinquished his post as commander of the US 8th Air Force on his transfer to the Mediterranean Theatre. He was replaced by Major General Ira C. Eaker. Read More
» 28 Jul 1945: Countess Margot Asquith, widow of the former Liberal Party Leader and Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith, passed away.
» 1 Apr 1942: Under strict security sixteen modified B-25 bombers were lifted onto the USS Hornet and lashed to the flight deck at Naval Air Station Alameda, California, United States.
» 5 Feb 1943: Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift, commanding officer of US 1st Marine Division, was decorated with the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. Read More




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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
9 Aug 2016 07:34:01 AM

Your article for 9 Aug 1924 says that this was the date the Shenandoah docked with the Patoka - and may, in the date-line boundary sense of the world, be correct. However, the US Naval History and Heritage Command web site, and others, show and 8 Aug date of that event. I think you are a day off. Check: https://www.history.navy.mil/today-in-history/august-8.html

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