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Battle of Britain(1940)

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Battle of Britain(1940)

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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby MADNOTBAD » Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:25 am

My Father was a Spitfire Pilot In the Battle of Britain Sledge.
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby sledge » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:33 am

My Great Uncle he still quite healthly except for a pacemaker at 85 and lost his wife about 8 years ago but now has a 80 year old girlfriend for companionship, he has told me a few stories about the battle he left the airforce at end of the war never personal flying again but only flies first class now! :lol:

I did a tribute on my radio show last Friday as it was the 70th Anniversary of the Battle which I going to make a little video out of and upload on youtube and will share it on this thread.
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby MADNOTBAD » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:49 pm

There are so many wonderful stories from war time handed down to me Sledge from the tragic to the hilarious.

There are stories of my Mother-In-Law of life during the Blitz on the Under-ground and my Mothers tales of her parents pub during war time.

My Mothers Parents Pub In West Sussex was In a tiny little village with the Sunday Cricket match being the high-light of the week until a US Air-Force base was erected In a field next to the pub. On the other side was a Canadian Air-Force Base.
My mother would stand on a table In the pub and sing to the troops.
All sorts of malarky went on and as fast as my Grand-mothers Nylons, Coffe, fuel etc was being brought In through the back door, the beer was being rolled out of the fron tdoor In payment.
My Mother had just married my Father but wrote to him asking permission If a young American Air-man may escort her to the Village dances every Saturday night to a band along the lines of Glen Millers.
My Father replied saying .. 'Only If he Is a Gentleman'... The US Airman was called Frank Devatore and came from Ohio. Attempts to trace him after the war failed I am sad to say.
One young US Air-force chap ran up a huge bar bill with my Grand-mother. On being told he was due to leave England he went to Bond Street London and bought his mother a beautiful diamond and amythest necklace. However, Unable to pay his bar bill, my Grand-mother took the Necklace as payment which I now have. I still feel bad for that mother !!!
This Is the pub Sledge:

http://www.ukpubfinder.com/pub/31268

It was called 'The Cricketeers' back then and the far left Bedroom Is where my mother, my eldest Sister and my Eldest brother was born.
To the side of that window Is where the US Air base was.

My mother and her sister would hang out of a back bedroom window when they scrambled and she told me they would count them out and then count them back In again.
Some-times they would stay up all night waiting for the droning of an Injured Aircraft to limp back In... When they did not return by morning, It was just a case of waiting to see who did not show In the pub that night... Very sad..
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby sledge » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:25 am

Nice Pub there Mad. They were bleak times especially for the pilots as you they didn't know what would happen tommorrow?. Did you ever see that film 'Hope and Glory' based on the Blitz and how a finally survives.. one of the best films on this topic ever made.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_and_Glory_(film)

There's a classic scene in the film(towards th end) when the school is destroyed in an air raid and one of the little school boys yells as his looking up in the sky ' Thank You Adolf' :lol:
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby sledge » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:30 am

Here's the tribute Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary video i made using real footage from the Battle of Britain and the Main Theme. Please let me know what you think of my video. :scratch:

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