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    Just watching a programme on BBC4 about the Spitfire. It was made in 1976 and features non-pc and very colourful characters such as Douglas Bader, Stanford Tuck and Johnnie Johnson..

    Great to listen to them talk so matter of factly about their war service. I doubt we'll see their kind again. They'd get sued these days. I hope they're never forgotten.

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    Just a shame that the PC crowd don't seem to realise how much we owe to the bravery of people like these.

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    This PC stuff is an absolute pile of ****........it really is.........these people who have problems with it, including politicians..........want to get a life

    Bryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by blr123
    This PC stuff is an absolute pile of ****........it really is.........these people who have problems with it, including politicians..........want to get a life

    Bryan
    couldn't agree more with you mate

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    Yup I agree guys.

    Last year I took my son & 2 of his mates to the Staffordshire Museum at the barracks. Two guys were there who fought in various places, they took time to chat to me & the kids for ages, painting a vivid image of their experiences. Me & the lads were enthralled.

    It was a very humbling experience, we felt honoured and priveliged to have an insight into their world, they had seen loads of action & most of their mates were killed.

    These guys were very cheerful & forthright, but still "haunted" by their mates deaths.

    We don't know how lucky we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ion
    Yup I agree guys.

    Last year I took my son & 2 of his mates to the Staffordshire Museum at the barracks. Two guys were there who fought in various places, they took time to chat to me & the kids for ages, painting a vivid image of their experiences. Me & the lads were enthralled.

    It was a very humbling experience, we felt honoured and priveliged to have an insight into their world, they had seen loads of action & most of their mates were killed.

    These guys were very cheerful & forthright, but still "haunted" by their mates deaths.

    We don't know how lucky we are.
    My Uncle George (God rest his soul), was in the Durham Light Infantry and took part in the D Day landings. His best mate from the age of 5, all the way through school, into the Army, through basic training etc was also at Dunkirk. They sat together on the landing craft and as it beached they shook hands, then ran down the ramp and onto the beach side by side. My Uncles mate was shot approx 20 seconds after leaving the landing craft. He (George) had to carry on fighting regardless. He never talked about it much, I was the only person he would talk to about Dunkirk because I was in the Army. These men WERE men. The youth of today aren't made the same way.
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    Was down in Southampton today to see the tribute to the Spitfire. 70 years to the day since the first test flight.
    Five Spitfires in formation flying over Southampton water - if you thought one sounded good five together is something else.
    Remember the pilots who flew these were only in there early twenties at the time.

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    You can watch all the films/programmes you like.. go to the museums, military sites etc.. but unless you were there, I dont think you can start to understand the comprehension of what it was like.. the world was a dfferent place back then.....
    ( this is just a view, I wasn't there, I have trouble understanding it) there was bravery and valour, the likes of I hope we never have to see again........

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    My wifes Grandpa flew Hurricanes & Spits' during WW2 in GB. All I know is he was based at an aerodrome south west of London. First he flew Hurries & then in his words 'his enlightenment period' the Spits'.

    From the little I have gleaned from speaking with him he loved the plane & said the sound & feeling of the Merlin engine would be a part of him as he fell asleep. During the rare times he did get to sleep.

    We have a few Spits still flying here. The last time I watched one fly was about 10 years ago at the Avalon Airshow (Melbourne) & the hum of the engine as i did a low pass was awesome. Felt it get right into you.

    Words don't fully convey my admiration to the diggers of old. Luckily I was born in 1970 so the learning & appreciation of their struggle was still well & often spoken of. Alot of today's kids just don't seem to care. My 9 month old daughter will be well & truely briefed on the significance of the past & the actions of brave people like her Great Grandpa.

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    I've recently been reading a load of books on WWII, in particular about the POW's. The general public opinion on POW life has been painted a glossy picture by most of the films such as The Great Escape and the like, with lot's of RAF pilots in sharp uniforms keeping the 'chin up' etc. The reallities are startlingly different, especially in the last few months of the war. John Nichols, the RAF pilot that was held hostage during Desert Storm wrote a book called 'The Last Escape' which deals with this issue, based on the recollections of POW's at the end of the war and the horrendous situation they found themselves in with forced marches with no food, riddled with lice and sick with dysantry. Their story has not really been told before, despite the fact that there were in the region of 1,000,000 allied POW's.

    I'm not saying that the Spitfire pilots were not heroes - they most deffinately were - but if you want to read about some truly heroic stories (especially that of Dixie Deans) then have a read of this book, it'll open your eyes somewhat!

    Hi-jack over!

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