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Bomber Command memorial damaged

Old 28th May 2016, 16:49
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Bomber Command memorial damaged

Grrrrrrr......words fail me

Bomber Command memorial damaged by trespassers - BBC News
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Old 28th May 2016, 17:00
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She said whoever tried to climb the memorial was also putting themselves "at real risk of injury".
"It is about 30 metres high, with paving at the bottom, if you fall from there you would be in serious trouble, and be stranded here badly injured."
So? Why should we be concerned for the safety of the vandals?
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Old 28th May 2016, 17:13
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A nest of spikes at the bottom, each one representing one of the 50k+ fallen, might be helpful.

BAAAAARSTAAARDS
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Old 28th May 2016, 19:09
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I though this was a new thread!!


It happened a month ago and is old news in Lincolnshire - but presumably didn't make the national news!
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Old 28th May 2016, 19:11
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Certainly didn't reach the Channel Islands, but then even our high-speed Ferry doesn't always do that ... and nor did this morning's Newspaper plane from UK until mid-morning
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Old 28th May 2016, 20:03
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The war memorials round my way never seem to be damaged, climbed on..nothing ever happens to them really - in fact they seem better cared for than ever. Surprising really when I think of where some of them are situated and some of the local rough kids get up to. But even they know when to draw a line.
Guessing, but some kind of free climbing ****, or some of those kids that leap about from buildings?
In the link to the BBC website, is there something wrong with the Lancaster's rear gun turret? What am I looking at? Its been taken apart to access the guns?
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Old 28th May 2016, 20:18
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Hangarshuffle,

Gunners often had the Perspex removed from their rear turrets to increase their view. Being able to spot the enemy quickly was often the fine line between life or death.

See

http://www.thewhpfamily.com/airgunner/AG%20story.html
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Old 28th May 2016, 20:41
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Nutty, thank you for the link, scrolling down I discovered Village Inn. Never ever heard of that before.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto...-Laying_Turret
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Old 30th May 2016, 20:31
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Nuts, yes I see it now thanks. God, what a horrible job it must have been. The cold...
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Old 30th May 2016, 20:55
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"Village Inn" - you learn something new every day on here. Thanks
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Old 31st May 2016, 07:40
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A good friend of mine, now sadly departed, did a tour of ops as a Village Inn gunner with 49 Sqn. He was trained as a pilot but on arrival at his squadron was one of 12 'volunteered' to re-train as gunners on this new, 'secret weapon'. Apparently it was reckoned that pilots were smarter than the average gunner! His opinion of the equipment was not very complementary, having been u/s 40% of the time.

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Slight thread drift, but the team at Malvern who developed airborne radar and countermeasures seem to have chosen codenames with alcoholic connotations. Allied to Village Inn was Liquid Lunch - a recognition system intended to prevent rear gunners firing on other bombers - and Boozer was a radar warning receiver.
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