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141 Royal Armoured Corps (The Buffs) Churchill Crocodiles

Discussion in 'Western Europe 1943 - 1945' started by grahame555, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. rac1945

    rac1945 New Member

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    Hi Kathy, I've been researching 141 RAC and may be able to help with a few pointers. Your grandfather was a Driver Operator by trade which means he was trained to drive tanks and also to operate the radio. There is a list of B Sqn crews that the Old Comrades compiled, unfortunately it doesn't give a date but the crew your grandfather served in is as follows:
    9 Troop, B Sqn, in tank SUDAN
    Commander - Lt Pete Sander (KIA 24/01/45) then Lt Cliff Shone
    Wireless Op - Tpr Bill Fisher
    Gunner Op - Tpr Bill Hudson
    Driver Mech - Tpr George Snashall
    Flame Gunner - Tpr Joe Staples
    SUDAN was the lead tank in 9 Troop, the others were SUEZ and SENEGAL.
    He joined up in 1942 and would have been stationed at Eastwell Park in 1943/44 where the regiment was based. They received their Crocodile tanks here in 1944.
    The only mention I have found in the War Diaries mentions him re-joining the regiment on 13 October 1944 from 269 Forward Delivery Squadron, this could be him returning from the time he spent in hospital you mention.
    Sorry I don't have much more but hope that helps with some possible gaps in your grandfather's service.
    John
     
  2. Glencortas

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    Hello,
    I noticed your reference to your Great Uncle Harry Bailey. Harry and my Dad, George Storrar served together as officers with the Buffs. Dad had a a very high regard for Harry and kept in touch after the war with him and his wife Flora. I met them both when I was a youngster.
    Do you have any details of Harry's present day family. It would be interesting to make contact again.
    James Storrar
     
  3. Granite Sheep

    Granite Sheep New Member

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    Hi,

    My father served in this regiment and he was in HQ squadron. I thought i would share this photograph that I have recently come across and would be interested if anyone can identify others in the picture and where it might have been taken. My father, Trooper Walter Morrison, is second from the left on the second row from the top. 141 RAC Group photograph.jpg
     
  4. Andrew Dlugolecki

    Andrew Dlugolecki New Member

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    Paul,
    I am researching the role of UK troops in the Ardennes 1944-45. I believe the 31st Tank Brigade was in support, including 141st RAC but I have not got much detail. I would appreciate it if you can summarise their movements in December1944-January 1945.
    Thanks
    Andrew
     
  5. Andrew Tickner

    Andrew Tickner New Member

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    Good Morning all,

    I notice this forum has been quiet for a while, but am hoping there is someone still monitoring it. I'm trying to track down my Grandfather's Churchill 'Crocodile' tank number. He was transferred to 7th Battalion of the Buffs in August 1944 and remained with them through to VE day.

    His name was William 'Bill' Mintram - 5499799 and was the driver.

    I have a photo of him with his crew, next to a Churchill tank, but I don't know whether it is the Crocodile or the previous Churchill MkIV one he drove (which was hit and destroyed).

    Any help with this, or a prod in the right direction on where to get the information from, is very much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Andy Tickner
     

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