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

Old 3rd Aug 2010, 20:24
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I meant to say, when I recorded my sadness at Reg's passing earlier today, that I hope very much indeed that someone who has the right contacts might be able to arrange something special in the air over Dover at about noon on Thursday 11 August ....... please!

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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 21:01
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God Bless Regle your stories to us all were amazing. May you still soar up into the heights.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 22:20
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If the stories on this thread are anything to go by, Reg, yours was a life well lived.

We'll miss the banter.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 22:42
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Most of the current generation have no idea how fortunate we and they all are, to have had people of Reg's calibre defend our freedom. May this thread stand forever as a testament to their collective sacrifice.
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Old 3rd Aug 2010, 23:41
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Reg

Reg, you will be greatly missed.

I, as many, only knew you through this fabulous forum. The 51 squadron connection while researching my uncle was a needle in a haystack. I have been so fortunate to “live” some of his brief life experiences through your spine tingling stories.

Best wishes to the Levy family at this time of great loss. The greatest generation has lost another hero.

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Old 4th Aug 2010, 00:12
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All I can say, after following Reg's stories, is that the one or two times I had reason to have comms with him, he came across as a real Gentleman.

Not Aviation related I know, but just an impression I got of someone to look up to.

My grandad who brought me up was of a similar generation (pre & ww2 bomber command aircrew)

Well done, and Clear skies Reg
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 00:26
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Saddened but not, in the end, shocked. Just glad that it was quick.

Go punch a hole in them clouds tiger.

Damn, my bad eye is watering now you buggha Reg, bet your smiling.

gloria finis.
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 00:50
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I sincerely hope I'll be able to punch out lucid and highly entertaining stories of my (not so nearly exciting) youth as Reg was able to right up to the end.

How lucky are we all that he shared those stories with us before he went.

RiP Reg.
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 08:22
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Thank you Reg, for pouring those remarkable stories out - towards the end, I think you knew you didn't have long. God bless and RIP.
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 10:06
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Condolences from old Bomber Command friend

My father - Sandy Sandison - and family send deepest sympathy and best wishes to Reg's family. Dad was a fellow member of Class 42A of the Arnold Scheme and followed Reg's forum posts with great interest. We shall greatly miss Reg.
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 11:46
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Reg, never met or knew you, but enjoyed reading your posts in this thread. History books can give us dates, facts and figures, but you, along with all the others who have contributed to this thread, have put a human face to the war.

My condolences, and respect to your family.
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 12:12
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Hmmm. Funeral at Dover, 11 o'clock on the 11th. If you stretch things a little the BBMF is 'in the area', maybe even closer than I think with a short dog-leg and positioning flights thrown in.

It won't be long before the opportunity of a fly-by at a WWII flier's funeral is gone forever. Knock knock Coningsby.

09 August. Scampton Display.
11 August. (11.30. Swing by Reg's funeral.) Odiham Display. 14:30
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 16:00
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Thank you Reg for the time you spent on this forum and the history lessons you have left for the next generation.
RIP
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 17:48
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Captain Reg Levy, DFC

I must be one of the very few members of this Thread who knew Reg.
He joined 51 Squadron just after a close encounter with heavy Flak put paid to my membership of the Squadron, but we met frequently at re-unions, up to 12 years ago. My only recent contact with him was by 'phone.
Reg was certainly one of the "Great Ones," and will be sadly missed.
When I look at the Elvington Halifax, or see a Nimrod at an airshow, I think of old comrades and now Reg is added to that list. RIP.
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 19:11
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I sent Reg a PM a few months ago to ask him if he had known my Dad who was at the same school (The Liverpool Institute), at about the same time, but a couple of years ahead. Here was his reply, containing a few reminiscences that I am sure he would not mind me sharing with you all ...

Hello and nice to have a fellow Liverpudlian on the Forum. No, I can't say that I remember the name but if he was two years older that would have made a huge difference at that age . My Wife was born Oct. 30th. 1919 and I was born the 8th. May 1922. My Father was also at the Institute (He was born Sept 1900) and was also in the RAF (Signals Officer) at the same time as my Wife (F/Sgt. Discip. !) and myself.. a mere Sgt.Pilot outanked by my Father and my Wife ! I was at the Inny until about 1934 when we moved to Blackpool . I was in Miss Makin's form if that name is familiar.
We moved to Birkenhead but I still went to school every day from there on the Underground or the Ferry. My Father had the Scala Cinema in Birkenhead and my Uncle Alf had the Futurist and the Scala in Lime st. Liverpool. so I was alright for entertainment especially as my Auntie Muriel was the actual Auntie Muriel on the BBC (2LO in those days and broadcast from over the Kardomah Cafe )with "The Children's Hour and and a weekly page "Auntie Muriel's Treasure Chest " with Wafer the Cat in the "Liverpool Echo. My Wife died just over four years ago but we had a wonderful 62 years of a very exciting marriage. I hope that you are enjoying the Forum. I only learned how to use the computer a year ago but am thoroughly enjoying it. All the best and keep in touch with me. Reg Levy (Regle)

My condolences to Reg's family and friends. TOW
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 08:55
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Flypast

Forget, good idea:-

Hmmm. Funeral at Dover, 11 o'clock on the 11th. If you stretch things a little the BBMF is 'in the area', maybe even closer than I think with a short dog-leg and positioning flights thrown in.

It won't be long before the opportunity of a fly-by at a WWII flier's funeral is gone forever. Knock knock Coningsby.

09 August. Scampton Display.
11 August. (11.30. Swing by Reg's funeral.) Odiham Display. 14:30


We are up to Air Commmador level but it does not look good, if anyone on the forum knows where we can pull a few strings?

Andy
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 13:41
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Well done Andy - exactly what I was driving at in Post 1921.

Keep up the pressure and, if there's no joy with BBMF, don't forget that the man himself told us less than a month ago at the end of Post 1863:

' I think that it was the realisation of a boyhood dream when I found myself over Chippenham in a Spitfire and just had enough time to beat up the little farm where my wife, two small children and I "lived out" at a little place on the railway line to Calne called "Halt," as the train stopped there if you put your arm up to stop it ! I only logged about half an hour in a "Spit" but I shall never forget it. As they say in the Michelin Guide "Well worth a detour "'

Captain Reg Levy DFC is certainly worth a detour .....

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Old 5th Aug 2010, 15:03
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Good luck to those with "the clout". Cliff Spink is not around in a Spitfire that day, is he? Hope a rabbit, Merlin powered, or a 9-ship (or even the airborne "mange", whatever his post is called these days), is pulled from the hat!
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 15:55
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Reg R.i.p

I can't express my feelings when I heard the news about Reg, but they were akin to those one feels at the loss of a best friend even though he was 'a virtual friend' . A perfect example for today's younger generation, and a perfect gentleman.

Andy.Please give my condolences, and express my sympathy to all the family

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Old 5th Aug 2010, 16:02
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The Levy Family

Cliff, Reg's Son, Peter is reading this thread.

Regards Andy
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