A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a book in an Ebay auction. The book was entitled 'The Complete Flying Course' by N. Roy Harden DFC. It belonged to one Ssgt George Allison of the Glider Pilot Regiment and contained his personal training notes along with airfield circuit sketches and an aerial map of the S.E. Coast.
The lady I bought the book from (Ssgt Allison's daughter-in-law) was kind enough to not only give me as much information as she could but also a photograph of Ssgt Allison on his wedding day! She writes:
"His name was George Walter Allison and he was with 'N' Squadron of the Glider Pilot Regiment during the last year of the war and promoted Sergeant Pilot First Class and awarded his Army Flying Badge. After the GPR was disbanded he transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as a 'Small Arms Instructor' and Troop Sergeant".
I contacted Brigadier Andrew Paviour at the Middle Wallop Museum of Army Flying but was informed by him that until now he was unaware of Ssgt Allison but that he had now entered his details into the museums data base. I'm overjoyed that we've been able to reunite Ssgt Allison with his former colleagues, if only on hard disk. Hopefully, in time, more information about him may come to light, lets watch this space. Matt