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In this first film we find out a little about Bill’s early life. As a teenager he worked at the prolific aerospace engineer Short Brothers and was helping to build the Sterling Bomber. When the Rochester factory was almost destroyed in the Battle of Britain he became a Capstan Operator. On the 20th of May in 1942 he joins the Marines for HO (Hostilities Only) at Chatham in Kent.

Bill Sheldon was one of a number of Naval Veterans we interviewed at the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust’s, Pembroke House.

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Incredible story depicting extraordinary achievements by ordinary people. These stories are everywhere you look in the past and present. There is greatness in everyone.

William Walker was the oldest surviving veteran of the Battle of Britain. In March 2012 he gave an amazingly lucid and detailed account of his RAF service. He was 99 at the time.

William Walker was the oldest surviving veteran of the Battle of Britain. In March 2012 he gave an amazingly lucid and detailed account of his RAF service.

23-year-old RAF pilot Sergeant James "Ginger" Lacey is awarded a scarf and a parachute (the first parachute made in Australia) for taking down a Heinkel that had bombed Buckingham Palace. Ginger Lacey had a tally of 18 kills while flying a Hurricane during the Battle of Britain (10 July - 31 Oct), the third highest score of the battle's RAF aces. His total score for the war: 28 kills, 5 probables, and 9 damaged.

James ‘Ginger’ Lacey brought down more German aircraft than anyone else during…

August 21, 1942 Flying a Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter, US Marine Corps Capt. John L. Smith scores the first aerial victory by a Henderson Field-based aircraft, shooting down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero between Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, and Savo Island. He would go on to lead VMF-223, part of the rag-tag "Cactus Air Force" on Guadalcanal and personally account for 19 Japanese aircraft destroyed.   .

August 1942 Flying a Grumman Wildcat fighter, US Marine Corps Capt…

Artwork showing the RAFs Hurricane Squadrons duing the Battle of Britain by aviationclassics 0A

RAF Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane Squadrons top scoring squadron in the Battle of Britain was Polish, 303 Sq. Flying Hurricanes, not Spitfires. The highest scoring was also Polish.

Paul Farnes is one of the surviving pilots from the Battle of Britain. He was awarded 8 kills and a DFM. We spent an hour talking to him about his experiences.

Paul Farnes is one of the surviving pilots from the Battle of Britain. He was awarded 8 kills and a DFM. We spent an hour talking to him about his experiences.

I learned something cool on the @curiositydotcom app: Who Was The Berlin Candy Bomber Of 1948?

Who Was The Berlin Candy Bomber Of 1948?

I learned something cool on the app: Who Was The Berlin Candy Bomber Of

“We were a lucky group because we were almost never attacked by German fighters. The Germans didn’t have enough fighters to attack the whole flight of bombers, so they would pick out a particular squadron and attack it,” Cole said. “It was just the matter of a flip of a coin whether you got hit by German fighters or not. We were lucky and didn’t.

Floyd Cole is pictured in his uniform wearing his parachute just before climbing aboard the bomber he piloted on 30 combat missions over German occupied Europe during World War II as part of the American Air Force.

Jimmy Bisiker was a Royal Marine with 40 Commando in 1947/48. He gives a great account of his service and recalls the momentous chapter of history when Palestine was handed to the Israelis.

Jimmy Bisiker was a Royal Marine with 40 Commando in He gives a great account of his service and recalls the momentous chapter of history when Palestine was handed to the Israelis.

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