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If you had to be in WWII, which bit would you choose?

Old 24th Jun 2016, 15:55
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I think I'd be typecast as a spiv.
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Old 24th Jun 2016, 16:04
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The Swiss forces. Their readiness persuaded Herr Hitler to direct his attentions elsewhere.
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Old 24th Jun 2016, 16:06
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Richard,

Sorry, no. So many names, so long ago !
...he flew the VV and went onto Mosquito's and was killed in an accident..
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The four RAF Vengeance squadrons in Burma (45,82,84 and 110) were intended to convert onto Mosquitoes, after they'd been pulled off 'ops" (prematurely IMHO) in the summer of 1944. But the Mossies starting falling to bits in the humid tropical environment, sometimes in midair and killing the crew (the new C.O. of one of the squadrons, who'd come out with the new aircraft, was one of their first victims). And (I'm told, I never flew them), the Mossie was quite a handful, and did not suffer fools gladly. There were a lot of "normal" accidents, and when they finally were fixed and went into service (in early 1945), the Japs bagged one or two. And then came August and it was All Over.

The logbook would show how he was killed. If it's not wanted by his N.O.K., the IWM would be glad to have it.

Danny.
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Old 24th Jun 2016, 16:13
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The guy inventing the ENIGMA :-)

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Old 24th Jun 2016, 16:30
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Mechanic for RAF. get to see all the cool planes up close and personal.

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Old 24th Jun 2016, 17:54
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ATA pilot!
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Old 24th Jun 2016, 18:18
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" ATA pilot!"

Now there's a surprise, eh, Shaggy !..but, it would give some veracity I suppose.
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Old 24th Jun 2016, 22:14
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UK based Chain Home radar mechanic. Service rations, and after the BoB, safer than a civilian city. Plus more chances of fun where there were WAAF radar plotters......
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Old 24th Jun 2016, 22:53
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I want to be in Kelly's gang
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Old 24th Jun 2016, 23:19
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The best part by far to be in in WW2 would have been the leader of the VE Parade!!
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Old 25th Jun 2016, 00:08
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I must have met half a dozen WWII pilots through my work (doctor). A small but unselected sample. The only person who really seemed to enjoy her part in the war without qualification was the ATA pilot. Only one of the pilots who saw active service really wanted to talk about it. I don't think that even the 'glamorous' bits of the war were as much fun as they might sometimes appear.
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Old 25th Jun 2016, 00:31
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Mosquito pilot - Amiens Raid.
Or batman in the wren's quarters...

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Old 25th Jun 2016, 01:13
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Estate Agent, Hiroshima, August 6th, 1945. Office opens after 0817hrs.

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Old 25th Jun 2016, 08:59
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Flying Corsairs in the pacific.Not as cold as Scotland.
Fark'n'ell, many years ago I worked briefly for one of your countrymen in Auckland, who had that job. Wonderful man but didn't talk about it much. Had a bike shop in K. Road - HNR Jackson. Took me flying a couple of times.
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Old 25th Jun 2016, 09:07
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Old 25th Jun 2016, 09:48
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I would settle for the first part of my Old Man's RNZAF service - seconded to the NZ Army to teach newbies how to maintain and fire rifles. He was an expert shot, but was of far more use in the training arena than as a sniper in the field.

He did get posted overseas later in the fracas, but in more of a passive than active role.

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Old 25th Jun 2016, 10:01
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Reserved occupation, like my dad...he tried to join up but was told to go away somewhat abruptly. Mind you having to endure the blitz and V1s and V2s can't have been much fun.
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Old 25th Jun 2016, 11:02
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Danny:
Thank you for the reply...privileged to chat to you by the way :-)
It was an off chance admittedly that you might have heard of him. I think it was due to a wing spar failure (rotting wood) caused by the humid conditions (I did a little research).
I'd love to donate the logbook to the IWM but it's really not mine to give, I no longer any contact as it was a pretty acrimonious split up unfortunately!
On the subject....Tempest pilot, ground attack. Dangerous but must have been quite exciting.
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Old 25th Jun 2016, 12:34
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I once saw a lovely photo of three RAF Mitchells from an OTU based 'somewhere in the Caribbean' swooping low over a tropical beach.

I'd have some of that please.
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Old 25th Jun 2016, 12:38
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Originally Posted by CyclicRick View Post
Danny:
Thank you for the reply...privileged to chat to you by the way :-)
It was an off chance admittedly that you might have heard of him. I think it was due to a wing spar failure (rotting wood) caused by the humid conditions (I did a little research).
I'd love to donate the logbook to the IWM but it's really not mine to give, I no longer any contact as it was a pretty acrimonious split up unfortunately!
On the subject....Tempest pilot, ground attack. Dangerous but must have been quite exciting.
Le Grande Cirque by Pierre Clostermann was one of the best books I have ever read.
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