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Just too late to see service during the Second World War, the Lincoln became the mainstay of Bomber Command post-war, but was destined for a short front line career as the Cold War and the jet age brought the shortcomings of its performance into sharp relief.
The RAF’s lack of an aircraft with sufficient range to [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Mar 7th 2017

8 Comments CherryPie on Mar 6th 2017

The true story of Trevor Bowyer, DFC, gunner in RAF Bomber Command during World War Two
Synopsis (from the book cover):
This vividly powerful and absorbing biography of an RAF rear gunner during World War Two is told with both sensitivity and humour.
With accounts from some of Trevor’s contemporaries, including Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sir [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Mar 2nd 2017

Kenilworth Castle stands on a low hill that was once at the heart of a 1,600 hectare (4,000 acre) park and surrounded by a vast man-made lake. The spectacular ruins, built mostly from the local red sandstone, reveal much of its medieval and Tudor past.
The castle is approached from the south by a causeway that [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Feb 21st 2017

The portable communion set seen [above]  was used by Reverend Lumley Green-Wilkinson to administer communion to the members of the 7th and 8th battalion, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps and the 7th and 8th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, when he was Chaplain to the 41st Infantry Brigade in the 14th (Light) Division whilst serving in [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Nov 12th 2016

…and in the morning, we will remember them.

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Nov 11th 2016

Henry John “Harry” Patch (17 June 1898 – 25 July 2009), dubbed in his later years “the Last Fighting Tommy“, was a British supercentenarian, briefly the oldest man in Europe and the last surviving combat soldier of the First World War from any country. He is known to have fought in the trenches of the Western Front.[1] Patch was the longest surviving combat [...]

16 Comments CherryPie on Aug 9th 2016

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