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Alan Chanter

ww2dbaseAlan Chanter was born in London in 1947. Enlisting in the British Army in 1967, Alan saw service in Germany and Northern Ireland and visited Berlin and Cyprus. Rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant, he was twice introduced to members of the Royal Family and awarded both the General Service Medal with clasp for Northern Ireland and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Retiring from the Army in 1989, Alan took employment in a factory manufacturing components for machine tools until his job became redundant in 2002.

ww2dbaseAlways interested in History (particularly that relating to the Military), in 2001 Alan began writing short items for a number of History-based Internet Newsgroups. Whilst unemployed this developed into some rather lengthier essays.

ww2dbaseAlan now resides in Lincoln (founded by the Romans) and is married with three adult children. He is currrently employed, part-time, as a driver for a local Taxi company.

Latest Contributions

Facility: RAF Newchurch16 Jun 2017 
Ship: Exeter24 May 2017 
Ship: Glorious14 Apr 2017 
Ship: LST-4121 Mar 2017 
Ship: Nevada14 Jan 2017 
Ship: Kelly13 Jan 2017 
Person: Maxwell Newman25 Nov 2016 
Aircraft: Welkin23 Sep 2016 
Person: Reginald Jones12 Aug 2016 
Aircraft: Tornado24 Jun 2016 
Aircraft: Type 4326 May 2016 
Person: Alfred Knox28 Mar 2016 
Facility: Lichterfelde Barracks15 Feb 2016 
Facility: Buchenwald Concentration Camp6 Jan 2016 
Country: South Africa26 Oct 2015 
Ship: Thornycroft-class28 Sep 2015 
Person: Barnes Wallis3 Sep 2015 
Person: Roberts Dunstan23 Jul 2015 
Weapon: 20 mm MG-FF Oerlikon9 Jun 2015 
Weapon: 20 mm M2 Hispano17 Apr 2015 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

British Army dispatch rider on a BSA M20 motorcycle, date unknown

Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 3,004 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions are shown below.

» 24 Apr 1942: Squadron Leader John Dering Nettleton of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF was gazetted for the Victoria Cross award for leading a bombing run on German factories in Augsburg, Germany on 17 Apr 1942.
» 11 Jan 1945: The American coastal minesweeper YMS-14 was sunk as a result of a collision with the destroyer USS Hemdon in the north channel of Boston Harbour, Massachusetts, United States.
» 18 Jun 1940: The British War Office placed an order for 300 Canal Defence Light (CDL) tanks, Matilda tanks mounting a large searchlight in the turret that had been suggested by a Mr. Mitzakis in September 1939. Read More
» 10 Oct 1939: The highly successful Empire Air Training Scheme was set up to train Australian, Canadian and†New Zealand aircrew.
» 1 Aug 1942: American born fighter pilot Dominic S. "Don" Gentile of No. 133 squadron RAF, flying a Spitfire fighter, shot down both a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 and a Junkers Ju 88 aircraft in the space of 10 minutes. This would earn him the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.




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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
9 Aug 2016 07:34:01 AM

Your article for 9 Aug 1924 says that this was the date the Shenandoah docked with the Patoka - and may, in the date-line boundary sense of the world, be correct. However, the US Naval History and Heritage Command web site, and others, show and 8 Aug date of that event. I think you are a day off. Check: https://www.history.navy.mil/today-in-history/august-8.html

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