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The Big Anniversary

Old 10th May 2013, 14:49
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The Big Anniversary

With the big anniversary celebrations due to start next week, I thought that I would get in early.

Enjoy

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Eee Lad, as good a rendition as I've ever heard ( and I've played it a few times mesself). Thanks for sharing that, you are obviously a man of discernment and fine taste.

Smudge

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Fantastic!
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Squadron Leader Les Munro CNZM, DSO, QSO, DFC, JP, aged 94, the last surviving pilot of Op Chastise, visited Air Command in High Wycombe today. Les flew in yesterday from his home in New Zealand for a busy week of 70th anniversary commemorations.
A true hero ...

He certainly looks fit for his 95 years ... and I bet he could still handle a Lanc
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Magic, sheer magic
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The staggering thing for me, is that these men are NOT heroes at all.

To themselves.

They think themselves ordinary.

I'm just glad that ordinary people like me know best!

As SASless would say, 'Hand salute Les!'

CG (in awe)
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Bl--dy fantastic!!!!!!
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The staggering thing for me, is that these men are NOT heroes at all.

To themselves.

They think themselves ordinary.

I'm just glad that ordinary people like me know best!

As SASless would say, 'Hand salute Les!'

CG (in awe)
I was having a similar discussion the other day with another ex-RAF lad.

Civilians (and Govt) see us as veterans - we see our selves as ex-RAF or ex-Mob...veterans being Second / Korean war

Civilians (and Govt) see us as heroes - we see ourselves as people who did a job

Glad they got his decorations correct...finally

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Good work chaps and chapesses. Had the good fortune to meet and interview George Johnny Johnson last year, last surviving UK Dam buster and totally nice bloke. His stories of low flying Lancasters flattening the blooms near Spalding and having to pull up to go over the HT cables at Sutton Bridge are thing of legend.
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So, I have to wonder why, apart from Chis Evans at Coningsby, BBC Radio 2 are basing there celebrations at Biggin Hill.
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Probably because it isn't up North, a place which Suvverners regard as Unsafe territory.
There is one very special celebration which will take place at RAF Coningsby on 22nd June - Project Propeller.
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London-centric BBC and all that. All get nosebleeds if they head too far into the frozen wastelands of the North.
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Oh do keep up 007...the BBC 'moved up North' last month!

BBC Television Centre says final farewell with Madness and sadness | Media | guardian.co.uk

BBC TV Centre in London is no more...

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...but the national radio stations are...?
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From the "Project Propeller" link...


On 12 November, Lancaster aircraft from Coningsby, equipped with the Tallboy
bomb, sank the Tirpitz in Operation Catechism.
Has anyone told IX Sqn whose base was Bardney? (The raid was actually flown from Lossie).
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I had the pleasure of meeting some of them at the 50th, being lucky enough to co-pilot the Devon that brought in the Chaplain-in-Chief for the service.

Remarkable men.
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BBC TV Centre in London is no more...
...Shock Horror Probe Scoop! :-

BBC to spend £3million a year... renting back Television Centre it's just left | Mail Online
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Originally Posted by Wensleydale
From the "Project Propeller" link...


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On 12 November, Lancaster aircraft from Coningsby, equipped with the Tallboy
bomb, sank the Tirpitz in Operation Catechism.

Has anyone told IX Sqn whose base was Bardney? (The raid was actually flown from Lossie).
Why would anyone want to tell the Sqn that arrived after the Tirpitz had been terminally hit by 617 Sqn (with their precision bomb sights)?

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Why would anyone want to tell the Sqn that arrived after the Tirpitz
had been terminally hit by 617 Sqn (with their precision bomb sights)?
Far too predictably easy to wind up!!!!!! Tirpitz received many hits during the attack and it is impossible to state categorically which squadron sank her (It's a typical QI "nobody knows"). Its about time some people grew up and accepted that it was a joint responsibility!
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I see that 'elf and safety strikes for the flyover of Derwent Water:
But thanks to the health-and-safety brigade, few members of the public will be able to be there, too.
Severn Trent Water, which owns the dam, and other public sector ‘stakeholders’ have decreed heavy traffic on country lanes would pose an unacceptable threat to the emergency services. So there can be no official event at the Derwent Dam.
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