Serving in India 1942 to 1946 – My father-in-law’s time with Squadron 159 (Part 1)

My father-in-law is on the left.

For four years during World War II, my father-in-law served in RAF Squadron 159 in India.

We knew very little about this period of his life until the death of my mother-in-law in 2004. Soon after this he began to talk more about his experiences, firstly travelling aboard ship and being in India for four long years in various locations.

He also produced some black and white photographs in regard to his service, some of which I have included here for illustration in these several pieces.

It became a fairly common trait among servicemen on all sides after that war, and also post the Great War of 1914-18, to be reticent about their time in service, especially about describing more traumatic events. It must be remembered that back then there was little in the way of counselling after experiencing such action.

The B-24 Consolidated Liberator.

It must be said, however, that my father-in-law didn’t see active service during that time, arriving on the subcontinent at the age of twenty one. He was part of the ground crew, a critically important role for missions. They had been sent onto India in the first half of the year, before the arrival of the aircraft; the plane of choice for the long distance raids eastwards was the B-24 Consolidated Liberator, a four engine bomber produced in the United States.

The reason for the deployment of this squadron (among others) was to defend the then British Empire from Japanese incursions into south east Asia, threatening Burma and even India itself. India was strategically well placed for such operations to halt and repel this advance.


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Conflict & Change: World Tarot for Week Beginning 03.06.2022

A week of conflicting media messages and change overall.

A week where the people’s voice will be heard more strongly.

A week of decisive action, quite possibly more military incursions and conflict.

A week where the use of our own discernment will be ever more important.

A week where practical matters regarding health, efficiency and money need to be broadcast.

A week where broadminded diplomacy should be instigated.

And finally, a week which may well witness some fundamental and rapid changes.


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World Tarot – Is it Going to be a Mad March?

Card deck used: Golden Tarot by Lo Scarabeo.

Tarot spread used: Days of the Week or Luminary spread. Centre card = the Sun; top left = Moon; top right = Mars; top = Mercury; bottom = Jupiter; bottom left = Venus; bottom right = Saturn.

I asked about the world in March. I got 4 Major Arcana, and 3 court cards. This will be a key and important 31 days.

The World was drawn as the centre card! An important month of change and renewal, endings and beginnings and, most importantly, new hope for all in this realm.

Queen of Swords in Moon position. I think we can expect some better news, bringing some clarity and justice to the situation (health too?) to ameliorate our feelings, especially in regard to our families and nations.

Knight of Swords in Mars position. Swift action and counter action likely on the military front and more clarity in the ‘fog of war’.

The Empress in the Mercury position. I think the news is going to make the news! Expect a more balanced, diverse output from various media sources.

The Hermit in Jupiter position. At times, being in the know can be a lonely place, but the truth is paramount however unpalatable it may seem at first. Others will follow.

The Star in the Venus position. However ‘bad’ things may seem to be, there is a force for good out there – looking out for us. Praise yourself, look after those around you.

King of Coins in Saturn position. Ultimately, the major outcome of this month will be practical. Money, currency, banking, investment, commodities, metals and securities, all will be highlighted and be the underlying reason for all the action – in the pursuit of establishing ethical and humanitarian ways of running our lives on a practical, sustainable footing.


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Partygate – A Short Tarot Perspective

As you may know, the United Kingdom is gripped by a government scandal, involving numerous individuals flagrantly breaking their own rules of isolation during the pandemic. I asked the cards, ‘will the government survive?’

The first card, representing the overall overt situation, was the 5 of Swords. I see this card as the equivalent of the second decanate of Aquarius ruled by Mercury. I think this shows rather well the conflict, the ongoing arguments, not only within the British Conservative party, but also in the whole political establishment and particularly the media. It will be temporary, but it is quite clearly very serious, a situation which has rightly raised the ire of the public.

The second card position is the covert, or hidden perspective. Here I drew the 6 of Cups, which is the third decanate of Scorpio ruled by the Moon. To me this suggests that underlying the headlines and the fury, we are now emerging from the pandemic paradigm which has completely dominated our lives for two years. Could it be that the stories and the headlines will act as a segue towards some form of normality in our lives? For me, this is a healing card.

However, there is an elephant in the room, constituting two profound questions that are still rarely asked. 1. Why has it taken until now, nearly two years into this pandemic, to discover the full extent of this scandalous behaviour?; and 2. Just what was/is it that many political and celebrity types knew that allowed them to brazenly carry on partying as if there was no deadly virus around us at all??? To me this covert 6 of Cups suggests in itself that there is something hidden and that all is not quite what it seems.

The final card on the right is the outcome, or resolution position, where I drew the Knight of Swords. For me this is Libra and to do with justice, perhaps swift justice in regard to this scandal. Swords are thoughts, information and the media; I think there may be a rather quick resolution to this issue, which will also clarify the truth of the situation which we have all faced for far too long. And that truth, I am sad to say, may be much more shocking than even the behaviour of certain government and other responsible officials.

Copyright Francis 2022

an ordinary world — jdubqca (Reblog)

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an ordinary world — jdubqca