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1979 BBC footage of hurricane and pilot recovery.

Article about: Link showing a film about a Hurricane recovery with pilot in 1979. BBC - Missing Battle of Britain pilot on Isle of Sheppey

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    Link showing a film about a Hurricane recovery with pilot in 1979.


    BBC - Missing Battle of Britain pilot on Isle of Sheppey

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    Thanks for posting that Steve.

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    Very interesting indeed.

    Thanks for sharing

    Steve T

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    Not seen that before either. Quite a snap shot in time as to how things were done back in the 70's.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thanks Steve, This is really intresting, it would appear from the footage that although the pilots body wasn't intact, it was still well preserved. I would hope that found remains would be treated a little better now, than they were 30 years ago. I can appreciate the black bags, but I personally would have prefered the remains to have been moved in somthing other than the back of a transit pick up and not be flmed like they were. I watched a programe not so long back, on the recovery of a US submarine called the Hunley I think. Its crew were all recovered inside the Sub and there was a documentary made on its recovery. The cameras wern't allowed to film the opening of the sub because of the crewman inside, which I felt was the correct thing to do.

    http://www.mhas.org.uk/MHAS/runway22/2001-05.pdf


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    My father is from the Isle of Sheppey and I dig airplanes as well, but in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium (and any other country that wants me, lol). Danny

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    Interesting. Any clues as to the circumstances involving the crash? Was he perhaps already dead? (shot down) What particular battle,witnesses etc. Ron

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    I remember my Mum talking about all the young flyers she knew who were lost in the war. I have her paryer book from her days at Dragons School in Oxford and on the back pages are all the signatures of her classmates and next to them are the dates of their deaths or last known mission date. Many bear the note "missing" , "never returned" or "lost in action".

    During her final days she spoke about "all the bright young boys who climbed into the sky" ...

    Maybe this young chap was one of them.

    To his memory and his family, RIP and Thank You for your Service.

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    That prayer book seems to be one heck of a nice keepsake. A great first hand account on days gone bye. Ron

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    I remember that Air Chief Marshall Sir Chritopher Foxley-Norris was good friends with Hugh Beresford before and during the early war. He was a genuine Blue blood.

    Many years later, Foxley-Norris wrote this rather beautifully poignant poem for his lost friend.

    FORGET.

    Remember him?
    He was no Galahad, no knight sans peur et sans reproche.
    Sans paur? Fear was the second enemy to beat. He was
    A common, unconsidered man, who, for a moment of eternity
    Held the whole future of mankind in his two sweating palms
    And did not let it go.

    Remember him,
    Not as he is portrayed, but as he was.
    To him you owe the most of what you have and love today.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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