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.
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|Person: Barnes Wallis||3 Sep 2015|
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Timeline ContributionsAlan Chanter has also contributed 3,017 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions are shown below.» 8 Sep 1944: RAF Bomber Command's last operation with the Short Stirling bomber was made by No. 148 Squadron against Le Havre, France. The Stirling bombers would then be relegated to troop-transport and glider tug missions only. Read More
» 15 Dec 1943: German Luftwaffe Major Hubertus von Bonin, the Geschwaderkommodore of JG 54, was killed when his Fw 190A-5 aircraft was shot down. With 64 Russian Front victories to his credit, he had the dubious distinction of being the only JG 54 leader to be killed in action.
» 9 Jul 1941: The French High Commissioner in Syria, General Henri Dentz, applied to the British authorities for discussions to begin which would lead to an armistice.
» 3 Dec 1941: President Franklin Roosevelt announced that Lend-Lease aid would be given to Turkey, as the safety of that country was considered vital to American defence. Read More
» 11 Jun 1941: The Brazilian steamer Ozorio rescued the last eleven survivors from the US freighter SS Robin Moor (Captain E. W. Meyers), that had been sunk in the South Atlantic on 21 May by U-69 (Kapitänleutnant Jost Metzler) while carrying contraband aircraft parts.
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