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Today is Battle of Britain Day

Old 15th Sep 2011, 06:26
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Today is Battle of Britain Day

Today is Battle of Britain Day. I, for one, shall be having a moment of reflection and raising a glass to those RAF and FAA Pilots and crews from all corners of the world who paid for my current freedoms with their blood.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many, to so few"

We will remember them.

Last edited by Gweedo; 15th Sep 2011 at 11:55. Reason: My omission of the FAA - apologies to our Navy colleages and thanks to FODplod for pointing this out
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As will I !
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And I. God bless'em.
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 08:39
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Me too.

I shall also reflect that it's a good job they can't see the present state of the country they died for.
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 08:42
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And I'll drink to that!
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 09:52
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And I for one, will be more than happy to watch that film again.
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 09:53
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Battle of Britain Day

To all our Comrades who have gone before - here's to them, thank you!!
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Good point - that's this evening's entertainment sorted out as I can't get to the dinner tonight.
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 10:07
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Originally Posted by Gweedo
Today is Battle of Britain Day. I, for one, shall be having a moment of reflection and raising a glass to those RAF Pilots and crews from all corners of the world who paid for my current freedoms with their blood...
No disrespect Gweedo (my father served in the RAF during the war) but as a Navy man, I will also be thinking of the two Fleet Air Arm squadrons and 50 or so FAA aviators who served under RAF Fighter Command, many of whom paid the ultimate price:

242 (Canadian) Hurricane squadron RAF under the celebrated
command of Sqn Ldr Douglas RS "Tinlegs" Bader which included
three Fleet Air Arm pilots: Sub Lt RJ Cork RN (Bader's wingman),
Sub Lt RE Gardner RNVR and Mid PJ Patterson RN
(Fleet Air Arm Archive)
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I hadn't realised either - it's also my ex-wedding anniversary...

I'll be raising a glass too!
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 10:19
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I am ashamed to admit that I hadn't realised it was today until I saw your post, Gweedo. Nothing on the radio/tv about this - nothing that I've heard anyway.

I echo all the previous sentiments and add my own good wishes to our local celebrity Geoffrey Wellum, author of First Light, who was fit and in good form the last time I saw him a few months ago.

Good point FODPlod, and let's not forget the Blenheim navs/observers and air gunners too.
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 10:28
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I also must confess to not realising it was today.
A simple thank you once again gents. Bless you all.
Per Ardua ad Astra
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 11:21
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Here's another person who will toast "The Few" this evening. God alone knows what they would think of the state of Britain's air defences these day.
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God Bless...
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 12:01
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A bottle of this for me tonight then...



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Old 15th Sep 2011, 12:03
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A glass will be raised ......

But! 15 posts and no mention yet of Section Officer Harvey?

C'mon BEags!
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 12:25
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Link here http://www.boultbeeflightacademy.co....tro-course.pdf

It will however cost you 4500+VAT to recreate...


[after berating Simon, a young pilot]
Squadron Leader: How many hours in Spits?
Simon: Ten and a half, sir.
Squadron Leader: Let's make it eleven, before Jerry has you for breakfast!
Pilot Officer Archie: Spring chicken to shitehawk in one easy lesson.
[at low volume, almost whispering, after Simon and Squadron Leader leave the building for their aircraft]
Pilot Officer Archie: daka!-daka!-daka!-daka!-daka!-daka!-daka!-daka!

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Old 15th Sep 2011, 12:27
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I like many other volunteers are out there collecting during B of B week. As a RAFA Welfare Officer it is quite surprising the number of those who were involved in the B of B are still out there. Not forgetting all those that have served and continue to serve. If you are about help fill the collector's tin every little helps as they say.
Thanks for your support
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 13:44
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Please also remember the ground crew and ground staff on and off the airfields.
My father was proud to serve as an LAC RAFVR i/c one barrage balloon, including defence of Coventry in the Blitz. Then after three years flying it over Suez, he spent 1944 with it on a ship, including D Day shuttles.

"It is ROYAL AIR FORCE, not RAF, and NEVER NEVER raff!"

Yes Dad!

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Diolch yn fawr iawn

Gweedo - Tried to PM you but without success. VMT for graciously amending your opening post.
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