of May 1972
gibbon was sent down from Midway with a wasting disease.
X-rayed it, took its blood and filled it full of Alcopar, iron and
mumps has me strongly in its grip.
glands but not the constitutional upset.
Hope it spares my balls!
of May 1972
couple of minor cases.
Only one fresh.
of May 1972
Moved into the new Twynholm hut at last.
Went on the most interesting tour of Salalah, old Salalah, Mamurah with
Jack Sullivan the Int officer
from U al G.
of May 1972
splinter wound, the CSE show and early to bed with one hell of a
of May 1972.
Still the headache.
dead in today.
SAF with neck, arm, wounds and leg blown off up by the hip.
mine at Akoot B I D
Second was our first BATT.
Squadron only out here a week, his first patrol, married.
Four of them with a firqa at the border.
Also some camel handlers.
the morning the camel handlers had vanished and three very accurate
mortar bombs appeared from the skies.
Four of the firqa were killed and the BATT man (Tpr Martin) took mortar fragment in
the right scapula, albeit a small one, which must've ploughed right
through his main vessels.
Quite stiff on arrival.
will deep-freeze him down to -25° C and then solder in a zinc coffin to
send him home.
death certificate, as the politicians insist, will be made out as
"accidental drowning while swimming" with no other contributing causes.
Four hundred are said to be massing to attack Taqaa sometime in the next
Akoot has had hell hammered out of it today - as usual.
They are going to abandon it for the monsoon.
Jebel has been very heavily shrouded in mist until about 11:00 for the
last two days now.
no-moon period is coming so we should be attacked fairly soon.
have said that the 0.5s should be
moved from the hedgehogs as it is escalating the war!
Early bed again with nothing but a headache to keep me company.
of May 1972
Fever in the comfort of the SMC.
of May 1972
in the SMC.
Seven casualties today.
a Brit I.O. from UAG.
Thrown out of three-tonner and landed on his head.
Another with the splinter wound
of the frontal bone showed a star fracture.
opened his head and he is alive and conscious.
rest were minor.
fort at Akoot has been smashed.
BATT are having to withdraw from the jebel because of lack of chopper
and SAF support.
adoo are said to be going to attack a prestige target on the plain.
to top it all there is the possibility of a Mig strike from Yemen.
With their fuel capacity from their nearest suitable strip they could
have 5-10 minutes over RAF Salalah.
Sultan has also protested through the U.N. over Yemeni aggression.
the James Bond film this evening.
has discharged me from the medical centre.
Pargin discharged himself and is in "deep wasser".
had a Brit leg casualty as well.
of May 1972
Quiet day only one gassing.
Went to the circus.
They passed all the first aiders and the helicopters for evacuating the
casualties -but not the FST
for treating them.
of May 1972
Well things have really hotted now.
There is a strong possibility of a Mig-17strike on this airfield.
they came overland, which they probably would have fuel reasons we might
have three minutes warning.
They don't carry bombs apparently but strafe with rockets and cannon.
a pleasant thought.
"The Railway Children"
tonight. A superb film.
Also news of replacement - Brian Logan, "Cocky" Stocky and Mike Pinder.
morale that fell with the Mig news rose with the letter from B. Logan.
wrote one back to him...................
10th of May 1972.
11th of May 1972
Couple of cases and an afternoon by the sea.
There was report in the Telegraph on the ninth about the border
Americans have mined the N.Vietnamese ports.
They will start WW 3 if they are not careful.
12th of May 1972
Business in morning and afternoon.
Including one emergency BATT tooth expertly pulled by Robin.
Some drunk SAF major loosed off for rounds of SLR just outside the
officers mess, just missing Bill the MATCO
When escorted off the station back to UAG he loosed off the rest of the
magazine at the officers mess!
13th of May 1972
The new RA a replacements come in the middle of next month
including Tony Crichton as O.C.
and Ashton-Wicket as 2 I.C.
14th of May 1972
carved out an enormous thyroid lump yesterday - 3hrs worth.
woman appears well today.
15th of May 1972
war in the West appears to have quietened down but the ZB contacted
three camels and two men going north-east last night.
Henry saw 30 camels on the far ridge at first light and scrambled the
Jets to them.
movement now appears to be towards Taqa which the adu always had during
Maybe they want it again.
BATT are not happy, they are getting virtually no co-operation from the
firqas or from SAF
death of Tpr Martin has made UK newspapers - as did the fight at Habrut.
With had no casualties in for a week.
Started running three days ago to get my weight down.
Judy the Gibbon has died.
16th of May 1972
war seems to have died down in the West but 480 adu -hard-core -reported
to have surrounded the plain and intend to take Taqa and try and take
This presumably during the monsoon.
diet goes well and the training goes well and the weight comes down.
Made up a parcel of bits and pieces for Marian today - slides, MT, Cards
and some to the children.
Removed and an enormous tumour from a woman's belly.
First air raid warning today -mid-afternoon.
Seem to have plenty of time to read at the moment.
17th of May 1972
Only spent a very small time in hospital this morning.
18th of May 1972
a woman in from Taqa last night hit by RCL in the arm - the worst wound
I've seen in ages.
was just below the bifurcation of the brachial.
was warm though this morning in spite of the tied vessels.
had a surprise Masalaam arm for Ted last night - the case interrupted it
a fair amount and we eventually at curry at 23:00
19th of May 1972
Worked it up to 6 times around the pitch in three goes of two.
It's still coming off.
20th of May 1972
Opened at tubercular kidney in the hospital this morning-took three
Once more the "Haloxaire" triumphs!
Went to the souk yesterday to take photographs and the fish market.
There were some reporters there from the outside world who were a bit
offended when "Minoxed".
They tried to gain admittance to the camp the day before yesterday.
John Clemenger has returned from his visit the sultan's horses.
SAF dentist was there and condemned some of them on account of rampant
operated on a cat this afternoon.
21st of May 1972
Nick, Gerry Farrell and Bud Holder went off to Muscat yesterday for a
had the stumpy's walking on the wooden leg also yesterday.
BATT Capt, a member of the Sultan's bodyguard came in on the plane from
had a bad compound # of the ankle
two days old and filthy.
Robin Garnett rescued him from the "hospital" up there.
Robin leaves at the end of the week and someone called Brown from
Millbank replaces him but only five weeks!
22nd of May 1972
Brian Morgans, the RAF surgeon from Masirah has come down for a few days
to see what goes on.
Rumfitt of all people replaces him there in two weeks.
have met the new
BATT doctor somewhere
before but can't figure out where - he came in today.
a letter from Bernard Logan who seems to be quite keen to come out.
They expect to be here on the 25th and UK have promised that we will be
back in the UK by 1 August-I'll return home by train.
Gassed Joe Nickson this morning for a tooth.
Janet is at Woolwich.
Young Nick Downie is leading a firqua up at Midway.
Brian Porter went out with a patrol this afternoon and brought down some
fire on the adu.
helicopters went off down to the West, four of them to do something this
It's all go!
23rd of May 1972
or two things in the afternoon but otherwise quiet.
Went to "alpha" this morning with Brian Morgans and Hugh Stott.
Fired a vast quantity of SMG ammunition.
going home fever has become very severe.
Partly I think to the lack of mail planes.
24th of May 1972
hydrocele in the hospital this morning.
also discovered a woman who had been there for 36hrs without GSW of the
war seems to be on the increase again.
Adu attack the "Royally" reoccupied position at Habrut each night with
small arms, LMG and an " artillery weapon not yet identified".
opposition is quite fierce.
Simba has moved into phase II and Capstan feature has been occupied and
the plain dominated.
BATT have moved down to positions overlooking the wadi from White City
and exchanged fire.
25pdr has been moved up to Taqa.
fort at Al Mamurah is being wired to the DG.
Still no mail plane in.
Five casualties in this evening all minor from capstan-after they
consolidated their position, they used un-scalable cliff as part of the
position - the adoo scaled it with a 2ins mortar and played havoc.
25th of May 1972
Hugh Stott found a 13lb mine
between A and C.
al G thought it'd only be laid about 8 hrs
Strike masters laid into Hawf this morning.
This is about 3 miles over the PDRY border and the divisional
headquarters of six section.
Apparently all the intended targets were hit and shipping sunk in the
pre-emptive strike I suppose.
may though attract the Migs to us.
Talking to the station's OC Hawf was the's HQ of PFLOAG; an organisation
not 'in' with the PDRY and just tolerated.
PDRY jets are Russian manned and are very tied up with the Saudis at
OC's visit with Peter Hulme to Muscat was to point out to Qaboos that HMG
would or won't threaten to withdraw all military help if SOAF struck
across the border.
about 06:00 anyway they knocked out the HQ, the stores, a training camp
and three dhow transports in the harbour.
Peter Hulme had his plane shot up.
bullet going into the cockpit and nicking his leg.
Hauf apparently have no early warning system and apparently not even
telephone communication with the rest of PDRY area.
presume that they have a radio link.
Five casualties in from Simba this evening.
with the wound deep in temporal lobe.
of May 1972
Called the hospital this morning to see a woman with half her face shot
Gerry said last night that she was and how do suspect because she ran
away from the 'Porter Patrol '
More likely she was just scared.
Peter Hulme returned again this morning with a new plane-shot full of
holes and streaming fuel.
Another strike master burst a tyre on landing.
PFLOAG AA gunners are having a field day-in five days all the S/M will
be grounded at this rate.
Another Caesar today for foetal distress.
Almost straight after a very pleasant curry meal at the Mehdis.
27th of May 1972
A fairly busy day with two casualties from last night's affair.
adoo crept in behind 'B' and let them have it from the back.
Then on their way out attacked them from the front.
Something of a cock up occurred as Henry thought there was a helicopter
over the position.
this happened at 11:30 p.m.
Yimkin Airways plane in has gone u/s so no mail today.
28th of May 1972
u/s plane has flown straight back to Akrotiri lest it breakdown here!
again in no mail.
SOAF a have dispersed all their aircraft around the airfield and some
choppers to Um al G in view of the expected air attacks.
Still no sign of the six Bofors from Cyprus.
would appear that the last time Peter Hulme was hit his engine cut out
18 miles away and he had to glide in.
SOAF now have 4 s/m grounded with bullet holes.
Aden Radio broadcast today attacking the Oman for sending its planes
over the border and threatening dire things for the monsoon.
29th of May 1972
Yimkin Airways- the plane was this morning said to be delayed for 3 hrs.
(.......) told me an interesting thing last night about
Typical of him.
Anyway the plane came bearing to very cheerful letters from Marian and
one from mum.
Some slides also returned-everyone a coconut.
Jets from the PDRY flew over this morning and photographed the area.
they came to fight I expect it will be at first or last light.
30th of May 1972
affair of the jets it would appear was only a flag-waving thing.
Still it was strange as they came in dropped to a height where contrails
would show, circled, three times and then climbed out again leaving no
Well it looks as if we have beaten the Para-record.
fairly quiet day today.
BATT go in tomorrow to a village in the wadi Arzat-they've "gone
Last day as a Captain.
31st of May 1972
BATT wounded with a nasty injury to the vastus lateralis - 5 adoo killed
and an automatic weapon and some kit captured.
adoo mortared 'B' with six 82mm from the wadi Jarziz at lunchtime.
Green Archer did not get a fix on them.