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Son of wartime RDF Mechanic base, amongst other places, RAF Tilly Whim (9K Oboe station). Last night he asked how the name Tilly Whim came about, commenting that T.W. was involved in the RAF taking out Normandy batteries, hours before H-Hour on D-Day. This morning, i found out the derivation - Tilly thought to be a quarryman & whim is a winch, also found this site - so thought I'd join!
Interested in airfield architecture & layouts, but also non-flying sites, particularly RDF. However, my area of expertise lies in a very different area (see www.karkeeweb.com), so I'll vicariously enjoy absorbing information from this site instead.
Welcome to AiX - I am sure you will find something of interest on RDF. I have had a little peek at your own website - how fascinating. Will need to have more of a look around when I have a bit more time. Meanwhile, enjoy AiX.
Welcome along to AiX - there is loads here that I'm sure you'll find interesting. Look forward to seeing some of your posts too.
Another method of finding the batteries.
I used to employ a lovely older man from Southampton, he would only recount a few thinks about his wartime service as a 17 year old seaman and one was serving with Peter Scott the naturalist. They would set out for the French coast on a steam gun boat (small destroyer -large gun boat) and run along parallel to the shore, then Scott would order 'Make Sparks' to the engine room. The Germans would then see these sparks rising into the night sky and open up with every gun in the area. At the same time a Wellington bomber would fly above them monitoring the gun flashes. By D-day they knew where nearly every site was. By the way he hated this type of action, as they got all the German hate and could give none back.
http://business.virgin.net/metcalf.mouldings/Greygoos.gifHMS Grey Goose probably the one.
Tha activities of the smaller ships, especially the destroyers (from all navies), on D-Day is worthy of a book.
My late father-in-law was on Serapis on the day and we have yet to investigate its actions on that day.
My uncle was also a mechanic at Tilly Whim, Corporal Hugh Drummond RCAF.
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