Back to Teheran in late
February, in horrendous driving conditions, rainstorms, snow blizzards
and 30degree frosts at Kermanshah. Little sleep and some damage
to our vehicles. 3SOR to be base unit, chiefly controlling aircraft
movements until we got promised Radar Unit. I was CO of RAF Station,
Mehrabad and RAF Teheran - the latter comprising a met unit, some
RAF police, and liaison with local Russian and US Air Force bases.
Living conditions as before, but signs of Spring. Extra Hurricane
Squadron to look after, withdrawn for replenishment after mauling
in General Montgomery's advance into Libya.
Visit to former Royal
Palace, containing the Peacock Throne, and my being presented to
the Shah. Trip up to 8000ft of the 20,000ft Mt. Demavend. Pilots
had seen various game from the air, so we organised a few shoots.
On the most successful one we bagged 5 wild boar. On my evening
walks I discovered parts of the Qanat system of irrigation (mainly
underground). Bizarre treatment of berserk, drunken Russian soldier
who injured 3 of my Airmen. North of Mahrabad a 130 mile mountain
range rising to 13,000ft separated us from (Russian occupied) Caspian
Sea area. Got permission for 4 of us to visit for 48hrs. Dirt road
to tunnel at 10,000ft - the only crossing point. Scary driving conditions.
Spent night on the shores at Ramsar, former Royal Summer Palace,
now Russian Leave Centre. Later partnered Georgian 'Princess' at
Friendship with Anne
Rowlatt, an army nurse sent up to deal with civilian Typhus outbreak.
Mehrabad life not too onerous as our Radar Unit still hadn't arrived.
Then in early July, I was posted back to the SOR at Abadan to be
2nd in command to Wing Commander 'Ginger' Murray. Hints of a possible
Japanese fleet attack on the Persian Gulf installations. Arrived
to 120degree shade temperatures and primitive living conditions.
Murray often absent, so I was often Acting CO. Arranged a parade
and march-past on Sept. 2nd to commemorate 4 years of surviving
the war. Able to get in a bit of solo flying again in a Hawker Hart
or Tiger Moth, but had to make atrocious 4 hour road journey to
Basra to replace worn-out clothing. Regular use of oil co. swimming
pool kept me fit through hottest August for years.
Shah of Persia
Princess Tamara of Georgia
Wing Cdr 'Ginger' Murray
Caspian Sea Ramsar
Qanat Irrigation system
Persian style picnic
Habbaniya to Teheran March 1943
Khadimain Mosque nr Bagdad March 1943
Hamadan March 1943
RAF 25th birthday march-past, Teheran May 1943
Lashkarak, Demavend March 1943
Our 'bag' nr Mehrabad April 1943
Road to the Caspian May 1943
Ramsar May 1943
Nr Basra Oct 1943
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