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A personal memoir of the Second World War

By Herbert (Henry) P. Hall

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The European war came to an end on VE Day 8th May 1945, and we on our station celebrated the occasion by firing off the remaining stocks of coloured Very lights from the top of the 180 ft high tower. Gradual closing down of the station began and was accelerated by the ending of the war against Japan on 15th August - VJ Day. By October all the equipment had gone and I was then sent to RAF Radar Station Ventnor in the Isle of Wight as Chief Technical Officer and with the temporary rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant, to serve out the remaining few months before my demobilisation on 10th January 1946.

Somewhat strangely, my demobilisation was at Uxbridge from where I had started my life in the Royal Air Force in 1939, and also exactly one year from the date of my return from the Middle East. In a huge warehouse I was allowed to make a choice of civilian clothes, either a three piece suit or a pair of grey flannel trousers, a sports coat and a pork pie hat. I selected the latter in fond memory of those servicemen who years before I saw off incognito to Turkey way back in 1943! Some months later I was sent four war medals, the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star, the Defence Medal, and the 1939-45 War Medal, which together with a small gratuity and a knowledge of the new radar technology, summed up all I got out of my service with the Royal Air Force.


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