The life of a class traitor and peripatetic scouser.
Reading books some of the fighter pilots loved the war - they'd be the ones that survived. The bomber crews, however...
True Kev and in some circles the bomber crews viewed as war criminals...not by me .
Reading the accounts of what those gallant young men went through to protect Britain gives me chills.
There was a wonderful docu/drama about a Spitfire pilotGeoffrey Wellum, and his memoirs of The Battle of Britain.He joined the RAF in 1939 just before his 18th birthday.He talked eloquently about what it was like to fly the Spitfire and his evident pride in serving his country.It was so touching, reminded me of Churchill's speech,"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so few".This was the pivotal battle with the German Luftwaffe, that prevented a German invasion of the UK. Had it not been for the brave Spitfire pilots and Bomber commandI doubt that I would be sitting here now, writing this! Di xx
The RAF had some great strategists back then.The 'Big Wings' out of Norfolk were barnstormers! I recall that one squadron was called to 'scramble', and they only had one serviceable Spitfire, and he went off on his own!For a great story, the biography of Bob Stanford-Tuck is a marvellous read! It's called 'Fly for your life', and I've read it countless times - even as recently as Spring this year!
Michael....off to amazon I go.
Plenty of errors were made, fighters were easy meat as they climbed out from their airfields near the coast, far better to have them based north of the Thames so that they could climb to have the height advantage without having the threat of enemy fighters. Airfields near the coast are great for offence but near suicidal for defence.
Watched an excellent drama documentary the other night 'FIRST LIGHT!' about one of the youngest Spitfire pilots during 'The Battle!'.....I went to one of the missus's bands gigs a few months ago and behind the stage at an airfield was a real life ,honest to goodness SPITFIRE ,i was stunned ,totally gobsmacked....Opened the cockpit and sat in it , i wwas in heaven!
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