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    Anyone catch the Channel 4 programme on tonights TV, Not sure if it was a repeat

    The Lancaster Bomber at 80. Certainly worth a watch. From the development stage into the Bomber it became. So many Bomber command crews lost something like 46% lost. Brave young men one and all.

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    My late Uncle Trevor MacDonald was a Wing Commander in the RAF, was with Bomber Command through WW2. Very lucky to not have been killed, but did sustain bad injuries in a Shootdown. Similar with my late Dad who was in the SAAF, but also served alongside the RAF , he too was shot down, bailed out of the Avro Bomber but was caught on the rear Wing Tip, sliced a terrible gash into his back and sides, he fell unconscious to the ground, luckily found and taken to the nearest Hospital where he received 145 Stiches around his midrif! Some of those Guts were Lucky, and others not so! All though true heroes!
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    #2 That’s not the same Trevor MacDonald as the BBC newscaster was it Vernon ? JS
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    Quote Originally Posted by j.sabourn View Post
    #2 That’s not the same Trevor MacDonald as the BBC newscaster was it Vernon ? JS
    No JS , not him mate! This one was Trevor de Trafford MacDonald Full time RAF untill retirement! Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Martin View Post
    MY REAL DAD , CHARLES BURCHETT FROM FARNBOROUGH , HAMPSHIRE [ later had a stepdad , took his surname as he brought me up / respect ] ..my dad CHARLES BURCHETT was a rear / Tail end Charlie , gunner
    on Lancaster Bombers during the war stationed at St Mawgan / St Evel , Newquay . Cornwall .
    he meet my mum who was a WAAF there , she was a local girl from the village of St Columb Minor near Newquay .
    he was a Warrant Officer .
    When i was born in 1946 we first lived in the Prefabs at Hillgrove Road , Newquay . Cornwall .
    Who started life in a Prefab ?

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    My post #2 Tony i Omitted to say that my Dad was also Rear Gunner like your Dad , and was a Leuitenant!
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    Watching that programme last night what those crews went through does not bear thinking about. How it must have affected them in later life. PSTD something that was not realised at that time for what it was. The same must have applied to MN Crews and all forces members. Children living through the Blitz, sadly millions around the world the same. We will never learn, today in Horoshima the G7 members laid wreaths to remember the war dead.

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    Similar prog here in Oz, but about the Dam Busters and the aircraft used then.
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    John you may get the Lancaster at 80 programme soon as we had the Dam Busters programme about 2 weeks ago. the raid was carried out 16&17 May 1943. 133 aircrew lost their lives with 3 captured.

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    My late Uncle on this list Trevor de Trafford MacDonald
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    Tony possibly you could Email this site and ask about your Dad as well, i did and got my Uncle put on, with of course information i had at hand! Just a thought
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