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Gaining An R.A.F Pilots Brevet In WW II

Old 3rd Aug 2010, 06:10
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Echoing the sentiments of all here - come back soon, Reg, but not too soon. Wait until you've properly recovered... we can wait!

Thanks for that. Reason for asking was that I've commissioned a friend to paint me a picture of my great uncle's aircraft sitting on dispersal as the crew arrive for one of their operations. Perhaps I'm thinking about it too much, perhaps I'm not, but I'm trying to give Steve enough info to go on that is at least partly based on plausible facts to make it as realistic as possible...

Bob was impressed by the beach buggy I think!

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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 09:03
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Captain Reg Levy

I learned late last night that my dear friend (and best friend) Reg selected 15 degrees flap, put the engines on full power and made just the most perfect take-off,
undercarriage up and soaring up into the night sky for a never ending flight.

He took off at approximately 20:30hrs Sunday 1st August, according to the nurse that was with him, he looked out of the window and up into the sky, what a great aviator?

I shall always remember and treasure the memories of long telephone conversations which went on for hours and Regs phone calls to me to sort out a computer problem, my favourite saying was always If you can land a Jumbo jet Im sure Reg you can drive a computer! we always ended up with a chuckle.

His family has allowed me to let you know that his funeral will be held at 11am 11th August at St Marys Church, Dover CT161BY.


per ardua ad astra
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 09:17
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The saddest news I have heard for a long time - bless you, Reg, as you take your last flight and many thanks for everything you have contributed to this wonderful thread.

I know that we are sometimes discouraged from sending condolences to those we do not know personally, but I hope that it help's Reg's family to know that many people like me are thinking of them and wishing them well at this sad time as we cherish the memory of their outstanding Father.

Must go now - I seem to have got something in my eye.....

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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 09:17
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As Reg said only last month - "We are all issued with ration books for our time and some have more coupons in them than others".

The last of Reg's many many coupons has now been stamped. Never met him, but I won't forget him.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 09:23
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Sad news, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Reg's reminiscences.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 09:31
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God speed, Reg, at least it was quick.
I shall have a beer or two whilst you have a reunion party with all your chums who went before! I'm glad to have known you even if it was too short a time.
Safe landing at the Pearly Gates. RIP
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 10:06
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andyl999 please pass on my condolences to Reg's family. I never met the man but have spent loads of time enjoying his posts on this thread and have every respect for him and his deeds.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 10:11
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Cheers Reg, you had a magnificent innings.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 11:01
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With deepest sympathy on the death of an old friend.
From a former pilot of 51 Squadron, of Reg's era.
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I like many PPRuNne'rs never had the good fortune to have known Reg. I too join Union Jack, Andy et al in sending my condolences to his family. I did exchange the occasional pm and wish that I had had the chance to have met him. This great thread won't be the same without his many and always well-informed, modest and humourous contributions.

A sad day. MB

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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 13:04
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Condolences to Reg's family and friends.

RIP Regle.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 13:16
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Condolences to all his family and friends. I shall miss his stories.
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Oh dear, what a sad bit of news. Reg sent me a comic addendum to one of his anecdotes and I fell off my chair laughing. Pure aircrew humour. So glad to have made a brief 'virtual' acquaintance with him.

What a smashing type.

God speed Captain Regle !
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 13:58
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Per Ardua ad Astra

Safe landing
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 16:07
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Very sad news indeed, I am based in Bergen op zoom at present and have twice visited the war cemetary/s here, it is truly moving to read the gravestones of so many young and brave men who lie here and it is with huge respect to men like Reg and those that did not return I write this, to visit these graves to pay respects to those is something that is hard to describe My wife who has been visiting me also wanted to go there and it was with tears in our eyes that we departed.
RIP Reg and to all others who either never came back or are still here, thank you and we shall never forget your sacrifice.
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Blue skies, Regle. Thanks for your memories.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 19:45
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I would just like to express my deepest sympathy to all of Reg's family. It was a pleasure to read his (always) interesting and informative posts.

Thanks Reg.
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Stop it ,I love it !
Johnfairr, your Father will be smiling away somewhere. In the account so far I have been taken back 69 years as "plus ca change " etc, It was the same then as it is now. I think that he was very lucky to eventually get enlisted as aircrew under the Conscription Act as they could have sent him anywhere, even down the mines. It is why most people ,like myself volunteered as soon as they were able, on attaining 18 , in order to get the Service that you wanted. You had a slight advantage over the Interviewing Officer because you could say "No" and walk out if you were not offered the Service and trade that you wanted. From the age of 20 that "edge" disappeared. My Interviewing Officer did his utmost to persuade me that being a Navigator was the equivalent of the Islamic promise of a First Class ticket to an eventual Paradise of Houris and such delights but I , and this was not typical of me at the age of eighteen, stood my ground and said "I want to be a Pilot or I shall walk out ,Sir" (He was a fiery Group Captain!). Eventually he gave in and wished me luck and added "You are the only Jew that I have met that persecutes Christians. God Help us ! " and then started laughing. He would probably have been prosecuted in this Nanny State ,but I was cock a hoop . Your Father and I must have been around at the same time, as I enlisted around August 1940 but was not called up until October and then had to perform "Ground Duties" .....Euphemism for cleaning Sgts. Mess Bogs" until ITW Jan. 1941... Pages 13 onwards in PPRuNe. It really is a fine thing that you are doing . All the very best,Regle.
This was posted by regle when I started "A Spitfire Pilot" on this thread. I imagine my Old Man and Reg are having a few beers togther right now. Condolences to the family, far and wide - he was a fine chap.
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Happy landings, Reg...
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Damn. It's always too soon. A candle is burning here. I suggested something like this written documentary to my Father - when the end was probably in sight. He wouldn't do it. A pity. I'd love to have been able to thank him for what he did. So, instead, thanks Regie. The rest of you. Get writing.
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