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Opening of Bomber Command Memorial


john bunyan
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On Thursday, the Bomber Command Memorial is being opened by a number of Royals. I see that the BBC are not covering this “live” (do I detect a bias here?). I tried – admittedly not with all my might, to contact the Bomber Command organisation, as I would like to have attended, but found them a very difficult team to contact. The telephone was unanswered, and they appear to have no on line or e mail application system. It is too late now anyway. My father was one of the about 55000 KIA in bomber Command – night of 23 Aug 1943, a navigator in a Lancaster of 207 Sqn shot down in N Holland on way back from a raid on Berlin. The rear gunner, who landed still in his compartment, was the only survivor. My mother who sadly died 4 years ago was a WAAF driver with Coastal Command at the time.. I am sure quite a few on the forum will think about the Bomber Boys on Thursday.

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flycatcher1

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FE I should have added. The Wing Commander Flying was also called Thomas. initials C.W.S - so always known as Co-op.

I wish thatmy memory was as good for more recent things.

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flycatcher1

Thank you for the correction - they were Lincolns. Childhood memories aren't always as accurate as you think.

One thing I know I have right - they made a fine noise taking off at night.

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john bunyan

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For those interested, ITV1 at 9pm tonight has a programme which interviws veterans etc of Bomber Command.

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Bingalau

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john bunyan. Thanks for the info. I shall record it so that I can watch it tomorrow and cut out the adverts.

I don't know why but these days I find myself watching more and more of the history channels on TV . Just been watching the Japanese suicide planes attacking the US and British fleets off Okinawa in April 1945. I was very pleased to see a bit of the commentary was supplied by "Ronnie Hay". (I think he must have been serving on HMS Indefatigable at that time).

I served under him when he became troop commander of "A" Troop in 40 Cdo RM way back n 1947. He was first and foremost a Royal Marine officer but because he had a pilots licence had been transferred to the Fleet air Arm in the early part of the war. He also flew one of the famous "string-bags" which attacked the Tirpitz and he boasted the DFC with bar and a couple of other decorations. I must look it up somewhere.

In "A" Troop it took him a long time to get used to being back with the Marines. He took a lot of stick from us because we were ignorant of his past of course. I do know he led a quite distinguished life afterwards. He died about three years ago.

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spuds

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Perhaps worth a mention, Bomber Command is being repeated on ITV at 10.35pm this Thursday, for anyone who wants to watch the program and misses tonight's showing.

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Bingalau

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It will be better if it is shown on catch up TV as they cut out the ads for those.

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john bunyan

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Which is why I often watch ITV via one of 2 DVD recorders either some hours or days later, or even with only a 20 mins delay.On my Panasonic I can fast forward the ads - on the Pioneer it can "jump" the ads using a "next" button.

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Bingalau

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I must hunt out my DVD recorder, I put it away a couple of years ago and forgot all about it.

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morddwyd

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Just watched it.

One old boy did three tours as a rear gunner (90 ops)?

Can't even begin to imagine facing that.

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I learn from another source that HMG is demanding full VAT on all materials and services.

Suppose it doesn't count as a charity.

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