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Something special

Post by AlanW » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:49 pm

Hi all,
Just a little teaser to let you know that i have something that i think is really special, which has been sent to me by Michael Wooldridge, in return for some help with some information on a 15sqdn airman, and is a "log" kept by the airman in question, Sgt J.J. Sparropw, whilst a pow. No more for now, as there are approx 45 files to download, but watch this space ;)
There is no paralell in warfare, to such courage and determination in the face of danger, over so long a period. Such devotion, should never be forgotten.

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Re: Something special

Post by AlanW » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:38 am

Well here it is, and a very special thank you to Michael, who gave permission for this fantastic bit of work to be put here on the forum. Hope you enjoy it as much as i have. It includes names and addresses of fellow pow's at the time.
Written by Sgt J.J. Sparrow, whilst a pow. He was on board 15sqdn Stirling BF460, LS-F, which was lost to a night-fighter whilst on ops to Nuremburg on the night of 10/11th Sug 43. Four of the crew died, and lie in Florennes Communal Cemetery.

F/Sgt A.L. Lewis, RNZAF, +
Sgt S.F. Evans, +
Sgt A.R. Byrne, pow.
Sgt F.P.G. Poole, +
F/Sgt W.J. Cave, RNZAF, pow.
Sgt J.J. Sparrow, pow.
Sgt R.J. Portsmouth, +

Alan.
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There is no paralell in warfare, to such courage and determination in the face of danger, over so long a period. Such devotion, should never be forgotten.

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Re: Something special

Post by smudgersmith218 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:53 pm

Alan,

What a truly wonderful piece of history and a real breath of fresh air, thank you for sharing mate.

I have known the XV squadron historian for over 20 years I am sure he will be in contact. ;)


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Re: Something special

Post by Bruno » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:18 pm

Thanks very much Alan, Fantastic!
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Re: Something special

Post by K4KittyCrew » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:56 am

Great work, Alan. It is these special instances that help make researching all the worth while. Must say that I'm very impressed with the Short Stirling drawing.
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Re: Something special

Post by K4KittyCrew » Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:58 am

Have just spent some more time going over this logbook again. The poems, the letters and the drawings really are remarkable.
There is nothing quite like reading through a logbook to give the reader a 'fly on the wall' description.
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Re: Something special

Post by GuyMassey » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:46 pm

What a fantastic piece of history. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, rather than leaving it locked away in a drawer. The poetry and illustrations are wonderful and I love the extracts from sweethearts letters received! :D
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Re: Something special

Post by PAFG » Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:01 pm

Amazing stuff Alan, a real treasure trove. Thanks for posting.

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