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Portree High School, WW2 & Korea

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 2:23 pm    Post subject: Portree High School, WW2 & Korea Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 8:31 pm    Post subject: Portree High school Reply with quote

These war memorials will have been moved from their original Portree school buildings to the 1960s concrete Portee High School and when I visited the school during 2007 the school was to move to a new school /public library complex nearby . The war memorials for the Great War , WW2 and Korean Campaign were located in the entrance area to the High School .

Ive not been to see where they are located in the new Portee High School/ Portree library building but they should be placed similarly .

Pte A M Annan was the casualty from the Korean Campaign and his name is listed on the town's war memorial in Portree .


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PORTEOUS, WILLIAM FORD WATSON.
Rank:Flight Lieutenant
Trade: Air Bomber
Service No: 171282
Date of Death: 20/05/1944
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 7 Sqdn.
Awards: D S O, D F M and Bar
Grave Reference: Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 23.
Cemetery: LE MANS WEST CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of James Sargent Porteous and Mildred Porteous, of Portree, Isle of Skye.

London Gazette 2/11/1943 p.4859
Air Ministry, 5th November, 1943. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: Distinguished Service Order. Flying Officer Granville WILSON, D.F.C., D.F.M. (141094), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 7 Squadron. Distinguished Flying Medal. 655125 Flight Sergeant Bernard Nicholas MULHOLLAND, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 7 Squadron. 984913 Flight Sergeant William Ford Watson PORTEOUS, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 7 Squadron. This officer and airmen were pilot, mid-upper gunner and air bomber respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Hanover one night in September, 1943. On the run up to the target the bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Four members of the crew were wounded and much essential equipment was rendered unserviceable. In spite of this, Flying Officer Wilson resolutely held to his course, enabling Flight Sergeant Porteous to execute a successful bombing attack. On leaving the target, the bomber was intercepted by a fighter which attacked with great persistence. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Wilson succeeded in evading the fighter, being greatly assisted by Flight Sergeant Mulholland who kept his captain fully informed of the attackers movements. On the return flight. Flight Sergeant Porteous assumed the duties of navigator and executed his task with skill. These members of aircraft's crew displayed great courage, skill and tenacity in the most trying circumstances.

London Gazette 9/11/1943 p.4973
Bar to Distinguished Flying Medal.
984913 Sergeant William- Ford 'Watson PORTEOUS, D.F.M., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,.No. 7 Squadron.

Commissioned 984913 William Ford Watson PORTEOUS (171282). i7th Jan.'1944. LG 3/3/1944 p.1106

London Gazette 30/5/1944 p.2533
Air Ministry, 2nd June, 1944.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the .following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:
Distinguished Service Order. Acting Flight Lieutenant William Ford Watson PORTEOUS, D.F.M. (171282), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 7 Squadron. This officer has completed a very large number of sorties, many of them demanding a high degree of skill and resolution. On 3 occasions recently, Flight Lieutenant Porteous has participated in attacks on railway junctions and the success achieved is a fine tribute to the accuracy of his bombing. He is a devoted member of aircraft crew and his achievements have won the greatest praise.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a Wikipedia page for Wing Commander James Fraser Barron RNZAF
On the night of 19/20 May 1944, while acting as master bomber (his 79th sortie in all), Barron was directing an attack on railway yards at Le Mans, France. What exactly happened is debated, but a collision with his deputy's aircraft is considered the most likely event. The 15 men on the two 7 Squadron aircraft were all killed.
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