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

Aircraft: Wellesley3 Nov 2017 
Aircraft: Proctor29 Sep 2017 
Facility: Debach Airfield1 Sep 2017 
Facility: Bletchley Park4 Aug 2017 
Facility: RAF Newchurch16 Jun 2017 
Ship: Exeter24 May 2017 
Ship: Glorious14 Apr 2017 
Ship: LST-4121 Mar 2017 
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 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

British Army dispatch rider on a BSA M20 motorcycle, date unknownMemorial Wall, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Sep 2017Replica of a Hurricane fighter, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Sep 2017Replica of a Spitfire fighter, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Sep 2017
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Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 3,034 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 6 Sep 1939: The first Royal Air Force fighter pilot to be killed during the war lost his life when two Hurricane fighters were shot down in error by two Spitfire fighters.
» 27 Jun 1942: Two Australian Catalina flying-boats, on a night mission over the Lae-Salamaua area of Australian New Guinea lasting four hours, dropped eight 500-pound bombs, twenty 20-pound fragmentation bombs and four dozen empty beer bottles. The beer bottles falling through the air made a screeching sound which helped to terrorise the enemy and spoil his sleep.
» 5 Nov 1943: An unidentified aircraft dropped five bombs (only four would detonate) on Vatican City; Benito Mussolini claimed this was an attack by US aircraft, while Allied headquarters disclaimed any knowledge of the unwarranted attack. It would not be until 2010 before it was discovered that Italian Fascist politician Roberto Farinacci was behind the attack.
» 23 Jun 1940: The British Long Range Desert Patrol (later to become the Long Range Desert Group) was formed under the command of Major Ralph Bagnold to undertake long-range reconnaissance patrols behind Italian lines in North Africa.
» 4 Aug 1944: Dutch schoolgirl, Anne Frank, wrote her final diary entry, a few days before her arrest. Anne's diary is still teaching generations about war and her remarkable honesty and optimism.




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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
2. Stella Thornton says:
1 Sep 2017 10:08:19 AM

Please could I ask you contact me as Sgt George Benton is my grandfather and you mentioned him in one of your threads ref Dunkirk - he used a stretcher to walk over on East mole to take casualties to a ship to be casivac -my email is stellarithornton@gmail.com Thank you so much Stella

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