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Thread: Not stalking - but for the Spitfire buffs: just found a pilot in the family!

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    Not stalking - but for the Spitfire buffs: just found a pilot in the family!

    ....apologies that this isn't directly stalking related, so admin: please feel free to delete if thought appropriate, however I do know that there are a few Spitfire admirers on here.....

    I dropped in to see my parents recently on my way back from a work meeting, and for some reason the conversation turned to the tv programme 'who do you think you are' (celebs unearthing their ancestors, that kind of thing), and I said to my Mum that it brought home how little I actually knew about my own family beyond my own parents.

    "you do know about your dad's uncle being a TT winner don't you.....?" Says my Mum.

    "errrr, no....."

    Cue a few more questions......and it seems that my dad's uncle won the IoM TT in 1951 (but was killed at Hilberry corner the following year practising for the IoM Grand Prix), but the other aspect that I was blissfully unaware of was that he has been a Spitfire pilot!!

    He fought in the Battle of Britain, was awarded the DFC with bar, and flew with 603 squadron....and I never knew any of this until about a week ago!!!

    Funny what can turn up over a mug of tea isn't it??!?
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    ..... a bit more digging. ...it was the 'clubman senior' that he won, riding a norton.

    Still can't quite get to grips with getting to the age of 43 & not knowing that I had a relative who was a motorcycling winner and also a BoB fighter pilot....!!
    Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch

    "...Nicely just doesn't cut the cheese....." A new twist on management-speak courtesy of a colleague.

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    My Grandfather also flew a Spitfire during the Battle of Britain. He was in 303 squadron.
    He died when my dad was 13 and my dad spent most of his childhood away at boarding school so didn't know a lot about his father but not long ago managed to get hold of his flight log books.
    They make interesting reading.
    Also when my dad was reading through a book about the RAF during WW2 there happened to be a picture of a pilot standing on the wing of his Spitfire de-badging it and my father recognized it as his dad which was nice.
    Funny what turns up

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    I only found out 2 year's ago when my wife's father died, that he was a Rear Gunner in a Lancaster Bomber! he did not say much about his flying day's as it upset him to much, they were shot down over Germany.
    But since his death wee found awesome pictures in his attic from his view out the turret in action, very scary indeed!
    Hero's and did not even know!
    Your a long time dead, enjoy every day like it's your last!!!

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    You all must be extremely proud for what they did for the country,if only they knew how it turned out. Most of my family have served or are serving, we should all be proud of what they have trained to do and have done all the way to the ultimate sacrifice. There are plenty about in the country that do not deserve such people doing what they did for them to have what they have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by black lab View Post
    ... that he was a Rear Gunner in a Lancaster Bomber! he did not say much about his flying day's as it upset him to much...
    Friend of the family was a rear gunner in a Lancaster.

    Very quiet unassuming guy who finished his number of op's (40 if I remember correctly) and never stepped foot in an aircraft again.
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    Merlin and all, my mother said on occasions that an uncle of mine was a fighter pilot, who was shot down and killed during the war. I never thought a lot of it,but this thread prompted me to have a look on Google.
    Up came his name- Sergent Earnest Pounds, stationed at RAF Rufforth in 1943.
    thanks all. I will look further into his history.

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    My great uncle Roger White was a Spitfire pilot throughout the war. I never met him sadly, but he did write a book - Spitfire Saga, that is a good read. Mostly he was in the North African Campaign. Another uncle who was with 80 Squadron which flew Spitfires and Tempests from late 1944, was killed in February 1945 over Germany aged just 20, and buried in Hamburg Cemetary. His brother was a captain in the Royal Gloucesters and was killed at the battle of Imjin River in Korea.

    And I was taught to shoot by Brian Edrich who had also been a spitfire pilot in WW2 before going on to becoming a professional cricketer and then a cricket coach and head of the RAF CCF at my school. I must be one of the last generation who had teachers who had gone through the war, and when I had air expereince flights in Chipmunks, may of the reserve pilots flying us had flown spitfires, tempests, furies etc during the war and korea. To our delight we would all take off together and then they would dogfight each other through the sky, with us cadets in the back seat trying not to throw up. You would nt have level of fun these days!

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    The generations that fought in both world wars seemed to talk very little about what they did, and where.
    My grandfather was in the Parachute Regiment, missed the big jump due to not finishing his training in time and became a despatch rider. He had nightmares about this time of his life till the day he died in his 90's, but this was something I didn't know about until the last few years of his life. He joined up at 16 or 17 after lieing about his age, he was a tin miner before joining, and I always wonder if he was alive now what he would think of way this country has turned out.
    In all the years I knew him, he never spoke about what he did, or saw, to me or my brothers. We owe our way of lives to these men and women, and have so much respect for them.

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