Tag Archive: Second World War

A Lancaster in Flight

This weekend was very special for me, because it was the first time I saw an Avro Lancaster in flight. When I was a child I heard so much about the “Queen of the Sky”… Continue reading

Hopgood’s Courageous Run

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid in World War II, when Wing Commander Gibson led 617 Squadron into the heart of Germany to destroy the great dams of the… Continue reading

Germany’s White Rose, gone but not forgotten

Today is the 70th anniversary of the execution of Sophie Scholl, a German university student who was convicted of high treason in 1943. Sophie and her brother, Hans, were members of the non-violent resistance… Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Amelia Earhart

Today is the 115th birthday of American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Earhart (“air-hart“, I made that mistake once and it was a tad embarrassing in polite conversation…) was one of the most celebrated… Continue reading

A Personal Post on the Bomber Command Memorial

Thursday was an important day for me and thousands of others who either served in, or have relatives who served in, the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command. When I was a child, my… Continue reading

RAF Bomber Command Memorial Portraits

This morning The Telegraph published a series of moving portraits of surviving veterans of Bomber Command, the RAF strike force that flew combat missions over Europe (and beyond) in the Second World War.… Continue reading

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Originally posted on RAFairman's Blog:
It’s noisy. It’s cold. It’s pitched black. Outside the clouds whoosh past. Occasionally the moon and the stars shine through the higher cloud. You are flying in…

WANTED: FRED KNIFTON OF 617 SQUADRON

My Grandfather spent his whole life not talking about his career in the Royal Air Force and he spoke even less about his experiences as an aircrew member of Bomber Command in the Second World War.… Continue reading