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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. J Smallman


James Smallman was born on 3rd August 1919 and joined the RAF in November 1938 as an Aircrafthand. At the outbreak of war he was on an electricians course.

In October 1939 he was posted to Martlesham Heath for an Airborne Interception radar course. Smallman joined 604 Squadron at Northolt in December and moved to 600 Squadron at Manston in February 1940. He returned to Martlesham Heath in late May for further AI training.

In late June Smallman joined 236 Squadron at Middle Wallop, moving later to Thorney Island and then to St. Eval. He was posted away to 23 Squadron at Wittering in early September, moving to Ford on the 12th.

On 6th December 1940 Smallman made his final flight with 23. With other radar operators, he was posted away in early 1941.

In mid-1942 Smallman went on a course for motor boat crew and spent the rest of his service in marine craft and ASR launches, including a tour in West Africa. He was released from the RAF in February 1946.

Smallman died on 20th July 2008 in Huddersfield.


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