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

Weapon: RAF Barrage Balloon29 Sep 2021 
Other: WAAF: Women in the WW2 Royal Air Force18 Aug 2021 
Vehicle: ZiS-3014 Jul 2021 
Other: Rip the Search and Rescue Dog16 Jun 2021 
Aircraft: Ta 1529 Jun 2021 
Person: Ernst Udet5 May 2021 
Aircraft: Pe-810 Mar 2021 
Vehicle: M18 Hellcat27 Jan 2021 
Person: Frederick Cotton6 Jan 2021 
Vehicle: Universal Carrier2 Dec 2020 
Person: Vera Rosenberg28 Oct 2020 
Ship: Isaac Sweers30 Sep 2020 
Ship: MT2 Sep 2020 
Person: Fritz Todt26 Aug 2020 
Aircraft: York22 Jul 2020 
Person: Mavis Batey10 Jul 2020 
Aircraft: C-64 Norseman17 Jun 2020 
Weapon: US Army M194320 May 2020 
Vehicle: WL1 May 2020 
Aircraft: N3N1 Apr 2020 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

Panhard Type 178 armoured cars on parade, date unknownEleanor Roosevelt at the launching ceremony of carrier Yorktown, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 4 Apr 1936Pe-8 bombers in flight, date unknownSearch and rescue dog Rip and handler E. King among rubble in Poplar, London, England, United Kingdom, Aug 1941
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Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 3,235 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 14 Nov 1914: Sheikh-ul-Islam, the Ottoman Sultan, declared Jihad (Holy War) against Britain, France, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro.

» 26 May 1918: In Siberia, Russia, the Czech legion captured Chelyabinsk and Novonikolayevsk.

» 23 Nov 1942: The vital French West African port of Dakar came under Allied control when the Vichy governor changed sides.

» 16 May 1942: The first operational use of "Kittybombers" in the western desert (P-40 Kittyhawk fighters equipped with a bomb rack for a 500-lb bomb) occured when six aircraft of No. 112 squadron RAF attacked an enemy camp east of the main road near Bomba, Libya.

» 19 Feb 1943: Rommel launched a surprise counter-attack at Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, overwhelming the fresh but inexperienced Americans.

» 4 Jun 1934: America's fourth aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, was commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, United States under the command of Captain A. L. Bristol. Although smaller than the USS Lexington and USS Saratoga, Ranger was the first US carrier to be designed and built as such from the keel up. Ranger which cost $20,000,000 to build incorporated many design features that led to the more functional vessels of World War II.





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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
3. Thomas Lee says:
17 Feb 2018 01:43:54 PM

For 23 Feb 1943, AC sites "seven tankers sunk by ACOUSTIC TORPEDOES."
The Germans did not deploy such devices until march of that year, per Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7e_torpedo#G7e

Scroll down to the citation for the model G7e/T4 Falke

All the best, Tom Lee

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