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An unusual but moving image

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    Full military honours were granted by the Luftwaffe at the funerals of RAF Sergeants Butlin and Holden who were shot down over Jersey in 1943.
    They took off on an operation to Frankfurt from RAF Burn in Yorkshire and ditched 3 miles south west of the Channel islands.


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    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Fantastic photo Nick, these sort of pics always make me think just how ridiculous war is.

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    Quote by sandgroper View Post
    Fantastic photo Nick, these sort of pics always make me think just how ridiculous war is.
    Absolutely Dave

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Great photo!

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    A friend of mine has his great uncles diary which he kept while a POW of the Germans. It is full of drawings of camp life, programmes for concerts and the like. There are a few photographs of the funeral of one of the prisoners. The camp commandant provided a guard of honour and a salute was fired over the grave. I am hoping to be allowed to scan all the material into my computer with a view to perhaps writing this quite remarkable story. I have never seen a POW collection like it. But those images of the funeral are really something again!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Great photo Nick, we also gave burial services to German aircrew shot down over Britain.
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    Respect amonst warriors

    great pics Adam

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    And from WW1, Baron Von Richtoffen, the Red Baron. We humans truly are a strange mob.Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice that there was still some chivalry!..
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Fighter Pilots are a different breed of people...that have held their adversaries talents in high esteem..giving them much honor and respect. The Fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe..never associated themselves with the ruthlessness of the SS. Nice to see these photos of humanity. Regards Larry
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    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

    One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C

    “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill

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