East African Reconnaissance Regiment in Burma
Photograph of a soldier from the East African Reconnaissance Regiment, checking a machine-gun, Burma, 1945. The East African Reconnaissance Regiment, part of 11th East African Division, was equipped with armoured cars and light tanks. In this image a soldier checks a Browning machine-gun. His division incorporated battalions of the King?s African Rifles and other forces from Kenya, Uganda, Nyasaland (now Malawi), Somaliland (Somalia) and Tanganyika (Tanzania). The Africans proved extremely hardy and tenacious in several battles, both as combatant soldiers, medical staff, and carriers. One of 12 photographs captioned: East African Reconnaissance Regiment in Burma. From photograph album of 147 photographs, 1944-1945. Associated with Brig M W Briggs and the 11th East African Division and the King's African Rifles, World War Two, Far East (1941-1945). Date: 1945
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Pictured during a routine sortie, aircraft WJ874 was painted to represent the first prototype Canberra, VN799, when it flew for the first time on 13 May 1949 at Warton airfield, where it had been built. A total of 1347 Canberra's were produced and of the 925 built in the UK 773 were delivered to the RAF.
The Canberra PR9 will be formally retired from RAF service in 2006. The aircraft's illustrious and extensive career with the RAF will end when the last four Canberra PR9s of 39 (part of 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU)) land at RAF Marham for the final time.
When the PR9 lands for the last time, Canberra's will have been in continuous front-line service with the RAF for a staggering 55 years, or nearly two-thirds of the RAF's entire existence
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Patricia Rose, former girlfriend of Lionel Buster Crabb
Patricia Rose, former girlfriend of Lieutenant Commander Lionel Kenneth Phillip Buster Crabb (1909-1956), British Royal Naval frogman and MI6 diver (some would say sabotage agent and alleged double agent). Crabb disappeared in April 1956 during a reconnaissance mission investigating the Soviet cruiser Ordzhonikidze in Portsmouth Harbour. A body was found months later, but it was difficult to identify as the head and hands were missing. Date: circa 1970s
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