Then off on a circuitous route because we were not allowed to overfly certain counties. My travel documents said I was priority three – there were ten degrees, with Generals number one. We flew to Marseilles, then to Sardinia (refuel), over Malta to El Adam, near Tobruk., along the North African coast past Cairo and onto Palestine for a 36 hour break and went to Bethlehem. Our base was Lydda right on the coast. The flies were a major menace!"
It was take off in Colombo and we had almost reached the point of no return when the plane burst a tyre, which delayed us 24 hours. We took off at 4am on the second occasion.
I had a short break in Bombay before sailing on the "City of Asia" for home. I was in charge of a deck of some 200 men. We eventually arrived at Liverpool on Christmas Day and went to a camp at Birkenhead. Then I caught a train to Blackpool and arrived home by taxi at 2pm.
One of the first things I did was to cradle you in my arms – you were shy – no wonder!"