Peter Inman joined the RAF on 21st September 1942 and trained as an armourer at RAF Hereford before being posted to West Africa in 1943 ...
The following photos and information were sent by his son, Bob Inman.
If anybody has elderly relatives who might remember his father Peter, please contact us and we will pass your message on to Bob ....
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Peter sailed from Liverpool on RMS Rangitika leaving on 19th June and arriving on the 30th June in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
This is his picture of the troopship RMS Rangitiki (his note calls it Rangitika) that took him from Liverpool (departed 19th June) to Freetown (arrival 30th June 1943).
Research shows she had been built in 1928 by John Brown & Co Ltd. on Clydebank for the New Zealand Shipping Co for service on the England - New Zealand via Panama Canal service.
She operated as a troopship in 1940-47 and resumed New Zealand in 1948. She was scrapped in Spain in 1962.
He was initially posted to Bathurst in Gambia before moving northwards to Port Etienne in French West Africa (now Mauritania).
(Above Left) 'Sylvia' is JM677/S, a Short Sunderland Mk3 built by Short Brothers at Rochester in Kent in early 1943
and delivered to 95 squadron on 11th April that year.
(Above Right) The Armoury section of 95sqn (95MU - Maintenance Unit)
taken at RAF Bathurst in 1943 in front of an unidentified Sunderland Mk 3.
Peter is in the middle row, 3rd from the right marked with an ‘X’!
(Above Left) Peter on the Pt Etienne tractor (Above Right) Sunderland Mk3 at rest at Port Etienne.
(Above Left) A billet at Pt Etienne … pretty basic and, being made from corrugated iron, extremely hot/humid
Note the obligatory pin-up behind the first bed!
(Above Right) A group of Dobi boys and section labourers at Pt Etienne … "Birdie", Peter's "personal boy,) far right!
Peter - Port Etienne