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As a lover of memorabilia and nostalgia I was browsing through my archives and came across the attached photograph of Cross Flatts School intermediate rugby team taken in 1952). I would be absolutely delighted to hear from any one on the photograph – provided they have mastered the art of e-mail and able to communicate via ‘cyberspace’ from our early days of using pen & ink.

Katih Barner, Leeds, via emaiol: keith.barber50@ntlworld.com

WITH REGARD to the picture in Times Past on February 21 of ‘the Desert Airforce’ it had no caption…

May I provide some details. The aircraft shown was a USA Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk, Mk III of 112 Sqn RAF. It is seen taxiing at Medenine, Tunisia in 1943 through desert scrub.

The ground crewman sat on the wing is directing the pilot, whose view ahead is hindered by the aircraft nose, and desert sand disturbed by the propeller. The 112 Sqn was nicknamed “Shark Squadron” due to the Shark mouth logo printed on the front of the aircraft.

Geoffrey A Hall, The View, Alwoodley

The article in Saturdays YEP brought back childhood memories when I lived on Beckett Park Estate. The POW camp was on Butcher Hill roughly opposite where The Dalesman pub stands, although the location is not Horsforth but more accurately West Park or Moor Grange. At one time Butcher Hill was called Horsforth Lane.

As a 10 year old I would spend many hours playing among the old camp buildings. It looked very different to the picture of the Otley camp, it had a network of roads and buildings like ‘Nissen Huts’, also laid out flower beds and shrubberies.

At this time there were no houses surrounding the site, the whole area was idyllic to us youngsters.

Ron Davies, via email: Rrondavies66@gmail.com