Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

What were they like

Historians in Poland have discovered the wreckage of a World War II RAF Halifax bomber along with the remains of its British and Canadian crew. The bomber was shot down while dropping supplies and ammunition to the Polish underground during the Warsaw uprising.

Project manager Piotr Sliwowski, who heads the museum's history departmentMr Sliwowski said: "These were boys aged 28 or 30. Their remains were for decades in the ground, now they will be able to return to their homelands."

Documents, notes and maps and personal items belonging to the crew, like a folding knife and a well-preserved aviator's badge, were also discovered.

"It takes you back 62 years and you start thinking, 'What were they like? What did they look like? Did they have girlfriends?'" Mr Sliwowski said....

Thats exactly what I was wondering as I read the article. I also considered how young, how brave they were and what they sacrificed.


At Tuesday, 05 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do tend to forget the sacrifices these lads made. Would the 'hoodies' of today do the same? Surprisingly, I think they would. This countries forces have never lacked brave, patriotic souls willing to fight for a cause.

At Tuesday, 05 December, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

I agree Krip, & i sometimes think that national service would be no bad thing either.

At Wednesday, 06 December, 2006, Blogger JohnM said...

I sincerely doubt there were aged 28 to 30. Most crews were much younger, particularly gunners. I should have expected the pilots to be about 21-22 and the others to be younger. Of course, these may be the exception.

At Thursday, 07 December, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Wow. That young.

At Wednesday, 04 April, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the airmen was in fact my great uncle, and indeed he was only 24 at the time.


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