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    Today in 1940 Churchill thanked the RAF aircrew who had just suffered terribly during one of the Battle of Britain's toughest weeks. "Never in the field of human conflict," he told the House of Commons, "was so much owed by so many to so few."

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    And those Words rung so true then Keith as the RAF did an almighty job,thank God for them!
    Cheers
    My Late Uncle Trevor de Trafford MacDonald (My Dads Younger Brother) was amongst those that Fought in the Battle of Britain! Then Squadron Leader
    To them all we surely owe a lot!
    Thanks RAF

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    We had a customer in one of our pubs who had flown then, most likely passed now.
    He had some horrific burns which had been tended to by the then top surgeon for such burns, McKindo if I recall was his name.
    He did not look too bad but some of his fingers were fused together.
    He never said a lot about it, maybe just glad he survived.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    This week in an International paper it has stated that the youngest pilot to fly in the Battle of Britain has been identified as an 18 year old who died after bailing out of his hurricane. Pilot officer Martin Aurel King was confirmed as such. He was erroneously thought to be 19 , but his birth certificate shows different. An administrive error is blamed as wrongly recorded on his grave in the village of Fawley Hants. The war graves commission has agreed to alter the records , and his headstone.
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    Hi John.
    Came across this yesterday while reading back copy's of Vindi newsletter.
    Annie Penrose who died aged 100 in Oct 2011 gave her childhood nickname - Little Spitfire -to the worlds most celebrated fighter aircraft. Her father, Sir Robert McLean, played a crucial role in the development of the Spitfire as chairman of Vickers in the 1930s, working closely with the designer R.J. Mitchell. When it came to giving the new fighter a name, McLean suggested Spitfire, the term he used for his spirited Granddaughter, The Air Ministry had reservations about the name, as did Mitchell, who argued for calling the new aircraft the Shrew, but in the end McLean persevered.
    Cheers Des

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    Never was so much owed by so many to so few - Winston Churchill Speeches:

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    The youngest known service person to have died in W.W.2 was Richard Earnshaw of The British Merchant Navy, fourteen years and 152 days old. He died on the S.S. North Devon under enemy fire on the 6th. July 1941. He was a cabin boy and lied about his age to join the war effort, he is buried at Comely cemetery in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Norton View Post
    The youngest known service person to have died in W.W.2 was Richard Earnshaw of The British Merchant Navy, fourteen years and 152 days old. He died on the S.S. North Devon under enemy fire on the 6th. July 1941. He was a cabin boy and lied about his age to join the war effort, he is buried at Comely cemetery in Edinburgh, Scotland.
    ###did you know ken billy mcgee one of our members wrote about our young men lost in the war ....the book which i purchased was the saddest thing i ever read.....name after name of boys ...very emotional ........i gave my book to another to read and it has not come back .....he has lost it ...but puts life very much in perspective when you read such ....regards cappy .....PS billy is known as deep sea on the sight if i remember perhaps someone will confirm that .....regards cappy

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    It is so sad to read any of these facts cappy, I look at my thirteen year old grandson and just think they were only kids. When you think back to days gone by we left school at fifteen and out into the big wide world, most got on with it and made something for themselves. To be at that age in war seems somewhat Victorian to us today.

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    A lot of youngsters and oldsters also were killed, just in the Blitz.,on top of the war casualties. as well.
    I must find out how many kids were killed by this.
    today, no one cares, they are not interested. it never happened. ./......

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