The Airfield Circuits of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
Size 4.91 x 1.10m, 16.10 x 3.62ft
Size 4.75 x 1.11m, 15.58 x 3.63ft
16th March 1944 | Reg Miles Biography
We were all very young with different backgrounds, and likes and dislikes. Remember I was with the Canadians who were used to a much higher living standard. So where they had quite a lot of money we did not. When we had leave they went to the "big smoke" and found some one to enjoy their pay with, I went home to a shelled and bombed Dover.
The first thing Mum wanted was my ration book so she could feed me. One of my father's sub contractors always called at our house soon after I got home, and from the inside of his very dirty overalls gave me a black market parcel of butter, cheese and bacon. My crew always made sure I had some of their surplus food to take home, sugar and jam etc.
We flew out of Eastmoor airfield. The airfields were just that, fields, hangars and other buildings had been erected, but I visited some many many years later and just the concrete runway was still there most had been removed for scrap and given back to the farmers.
Handley Page Halifax
|Engines||4 Rolls Royce V-12s or Bristol Hercules radials|
|Wingspan||104ft 2in - 31.72m|
|Length||71ft 7in - 21.81m|
|Height||20ft 9in - 6.32m|
|Loaded Weight||65,000lbs - 29,484 kg|
|Empty Weight||39,000lbs - 17,690kg|
|Top Speed||312mph - 502 km/h|
Date Unknown | Bomber Command Museum of Ontario
All of the heavy bomber squadrons of the Royal Canadian Air Force were equipped with the Halifax for at least part of the war (including Reg Miles' squadron at East Moor).
It was a well respected aircraft amongst Canadian aircrew. However, as Lancaster production increased the squadrons were gradually converted.
But at war's end, the majority of operations carried out by #6 Group (the RCAF squadrons) had been flown in Halifaxes.
Sadly, not a single example of the aircraft was placed in a museum following the war. However, in 1996 a Canadian group successfully raised Halifax NA-337 from 750 feet below the surface of Lake Mjosa in Norway. It is now being restored at the RCAF Memorial Museum at Trenton, Ontario as a tribute to the Canadians who flew them.
Size 4.88 x 1.13m, 16.00 x 3.72ft
Size 4.22 x 1.18m, 13.85 x 3.88ft
9th August 1944 | Reg Miles Biography
Like most people I often view WW2 films on the box and have always wondered which war the makers were intending to show, certainly not the one I played a little part in. You see, when a bomber is shown being attacked by fighters or anti aircraft fire there always seems a lot of shouting and the intercom is full of talk, not on any bomber I flew in.
There was no chatter between crew members, and if someone left their mic on by mistake he was soon reminded of the fact, young as we all were I am reminded of how very professional we were, perhaps that is why we survived to tell our tales!
I can only speak for myself but guess all the crew were feeling as I was, and that was that our navigator would take us there and back, our gunners would spot the attacking aircraft in time and either shoot it down or scare it off, our pilot was second to none and would steer us through whatever came our way, our radio operator would get a fix, receive a message, and let us know what was happening, our bomb aimer would always hit the target, and I would keep the old girl in the air until we got home safely again. So there was no need for lots of chatter we all did our jobs and depended on the others to do theirs.
Size 3.24 x 2.10m, 10.64 x 6.90ft
Size 3.75 x 1.43m, 12.31 x 4.70ft