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    [quote=gray_marian;208672]#8, no disrespect meant to your friend's experience cappy or your post, but didn't all our families suffer in wartime?


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    Quote Originally Posted by cappy View Post
    ###no prob at all with your comment marion ........her situation was just a follow on of the bombing of the dam ...regards cappy
    ###just as an afterthought marion my mothers brother was a navigater on lancasters thro the war and his experiences were horrific ........crews remains hosed out of the bomber....he suffered nighmares for years .....and was so lucky to survive .....regards cappy

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    My late Father was a rear Gunner in those as well and what an horrific and dangerous job,sitting in those small enclosures ,waiting for the next round of Bullets aimed at you from the opposition!
    He was actually shot down but survived with terrible scar on his Body!
    Wont go into it as I had posted this somewhere else!
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    Vernon you arte so correct on that one. So many put their lives on the line for the benefit of others, it must have been extremely daunting to sit there as a sitting duck waiting for the enemy. So few for the benefit of s many, these me were the true heros not some DH on a football field..
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    SOMETHING WORTH REMEMBERING.

    Heart of Midlothian FC, The team, that went to war together when they joined the 16th Battalion of the Royal Scots.
    WW1 took its toll of Hearts. Sixteen members of the first team went off to battle. They were the best team in Scotland when the conflict broke out.
    Seven died in action, two more succombed to the effects of gassing and a tenth was crippled in the fighting and never played again.
    Their story which lay dormant for generations as Britain moved on after the war, is now being retold with pride and passion by the clubs supporters, who are determined the sacrifice and the debt owed to these brave players and fans should never be forgotten.
    The 16th Battalion was also known as McCraes Battalion. Many of the men were famous before they left, but on the first day of the Somme they earned a new reputation, achieving more amid the carnage of that single day than any other fighting force within the British Army.

    LEST WE FORGET.

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    In January 2013 the new DH98 Mosquito KA114 went to Masterton for it's last airshow display before being shipped to the USA. It had spent 4 months appearing at events all over NZ before this final outing. To promote the Masterton airshow, the Mosquito, a Spitfire, and a P40 Kittyhawk flew over the Rimutuka Ranges to Wellington, where CAA had granted permission for them to fly around Wellington city at low level and to 'beat' up the runway at Wellington Airport.
    In the rh seat of the Mosquito was 93-year-old Dam Buster pilot Les Munro! I also have a photo somewhere of him exiting the aircraft back at Masterton - his knees were wobbling, but the grin on his face was huge!
    Both my father and my eldest brother worked with Les Munro during his council and Waitomo Power Board time. He was very highly regarded down here.
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    A team of divers have recovered a historic Highball bouncing bomb from a loch in Argyll.

    More than 200 of the spherical bombs were tested at Loch Striven during World War Two but were never used.
    Members of the British Sub-Aqua Club and the Royal Navy have successfully lifted one of them, and hope to recover at least one more of the devices.
    They will go on show at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey and the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in Hertfordshire.
    The prototype bombs, which were never used operationally, do not contain any explosives.
    Highball was the military codename for the weapons, a naval version of the "Upkeep" bouncing bombs used in the Dambusters raid in May 1943.
    It was one of five bombs developed by Sir Barnes Wallis and was designed to be used against ships.

    Divers recover World War Two Highball bomb from Loch Striven - BBC News

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    We wouldn't want to give Offence would we . Why doesn't somebody ask the dog what it would like to be called so we don't offend all the canines of this world . The big problem with political correctness is whatever you say or do you will offend someone .
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    See they have salvaged some of the practice bombs from a Scottish loch.

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    Colin, Tom in another post referred to Baldwin which brought back memories of the managing director of Moor Line Ltd. ( Sir Walter Runciman) he was called Blackadder believe it or not and was re-christened the Negro Accountant by the ships staffs. ( black + adder) He had been a pilot during the war on Lancaster bombers and his rear gunner who he brought into the shipping company as stores and personel manager was a bloke called Atkinson. They seemed to be a close bond between them. As this was all before the TVs series Blackadder no doubt Atkinson would have been christened Baldwin otherwise. I often wondered if they had been part of the team trained up for the bouncing bomb episode. Anyone have a list of crews names of those trained for this episode of the war. Cheers JWS
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