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And a couple of snaps from the strategic dog walk this morning. Apols for the poor quality.F062A779-04DC-4871-A7ED-230524CF980F.thumb.jpeg.206ef2abf40e9e31b03967f7f5a3ae98.jpegB7A3AADC-F6D4-4A62-AA11-C4B7A00B65D7.thumb.jpeg.aa5952aca90e231b326be182528dc184.jpeg5827C488-E709-4285-A459-01D55614CF09.thumb.jpeg.3f977135be3785fb93fa34bf2e98911a.jpeg2FAD7302-D187-4F92-8DD6-1235ADABC8A7.thumb.jpeg.dd73e8a2e6d317d39044301b99b815ac.jpegBEC43542-C510-48A0-BAFA-D859A35C79B3.thumb.jpeg.88fa5c2e7c8f3ebf4b79f1801f60995f.jpeg6EE173D7-6D16-4A63-8275-B59954D48F99.thumb.jpeg.e372fe510dcc83972a7c659b27a98ae3.jpeg

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Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

The programme was on as I got ready to leave the house for Stoneleigh and the Race Retro Show yesterday morning.  I pressed the "Record" button (telling my wife it wasn't one of my usual "accidents" with the Sky box that she was not to erase) and have watched it through earlier this morning - whizzing through the local and Brexit news of course.

A really excellent, moving, warming story, as Andrew said, arising from a chance meeting in a park.  Tony Foulds has carried guilt with him for 75 years and has tended the memorial to the ten US airmen who sacrificed their lives so as not to plough through children (one of whom was an eight year old Tony) playing in the Sheffield park as they searched for a green space to set their crippled Flying Fortress down within a densely built up area.  Family members of the airmen had come from America, thousands of people attended, some with memories of 75 years ago and an emotional flypast of UK and US aircraft topped off the morning.

I thought that the whole programme was excellent, despite frequent recaps to suit the "rolling news style".  Well done BBC who captured so many emotiaonal moments so well and particularly well done to Dan Walker (and his dog) for stumbling across the tale.  To Tony Foulds whose commitment is astonishing, who presented himself with humour and dignity (and quite a few tears) I truly laud you and sympathise with you.

Simon

 

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Man On The Clapham Omnibus

It's survivor's guilt but writ large because he is firmly convinced that the crew died for his and his pals' sakes. If the world was made of people like him wouldn't it be a far better place? Moving is an understatement. 

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Andrew

Where? I can see W …….. …….  …….. port on the building behind? 

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It says “WATCH OUT FOR THAT HELICOPTER!”

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Andrew

Been looking at hairyplanes today. :cool:

 

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Blatman

Is that Duxford? I think that's the only place I've seen a TSR2.

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13 hours ago, Blatman said:

Is that Duxford? I think that's the only place I've seen a TSR2.

 

I visited Cranfield in the 1970s and saw this example. It was, I seem to recall, the only one that escaped Dennis Healey's shameful axe (both economic and physical). Edit: Since discovered that it went to Duxford in 1978 and was originally 'smuggled' in to Cranfield as a set of parts to avoid destruction. That was the story I was given by my contact there in the seventies - possibly around 1975.

 

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